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From the Roma for the Roma

Dolna Banya, August 21-23 2015
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For three days – August 21st to 23rd the Roma medical students proved in practice that field work may not be easy but an unbreakable team made up of a health mediator, a freshly graduated nurse, and a future doctor and a future dentist can perform miracles – in the Roma neighborhood as well as in the institutions for children. The campaign was implemented in Dolna Banya under the project “Health is in our hands. Prevention of diseases with a social impact”, with the support of the Roma Health Scholarship Small Scale Projects Grant of the Roma Education Fund. In the implementation of the project took part medical students from the Medica University – Sofia and the health mediator of the Dolna Banya municipality. During the three-day campaign the team visited two Roma neighborhoods and the “Konstanza Lyapcheva” Home for children without parental care. The health education on healthy teeth, prevention of diabetes, high blood pressure and Hepatitis A was accompanied by blood pressure and blood sugar screening as well as by handing out of sanitary and hygienic supplies to representatives of the target groups.
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Sustainability Index of Bulgarian NGOs for 2014

PanelSofia, August 4 2015

The Bulgarian Centre for Not-for-Profit Law presented at the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA) the NGO Sustainability Index for Bulgaria for 2014. Part of the event was Rumyana Bachvarova – vice-prime minister and minister of the interior. Bulgaria has a 3.3 quotient and falls into the “developing sustainability” category and is at the 8th position regionally. The “champion” of 2014 is Estonia, which together with 5 other countries – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania is under the “stable sustainability” category. The NGO community is at a decline in the categories legal environment, advocacy and social prestige and on the rise in the categories organizational capacity, infrastructure and financial stability, as the progress of the last indicator is mainly due to external financing programmes like the Norwegian financial mechanism and the Swiss programme.

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Seventh summer advocacy camp of Roma medical students

MentorsVeliko Turnovo, July 31 2015

The last day of the already traditional (seventh edition)  summer advocacy camp of Roma medical students. It is a week in which students communicate informally and learn new things – about field work, social dimensions of medicine, vulnerable groups. At noon in front of the Municipality was the peak of the week - a great show, presented by the participants in the Program for Roma Students in Medical Universities and Colleges in front of the Municipality with message boxes accompanied by the sound of Ravel’s “Bolero”. “Help others!”, “”We” is more than “you and I””, “To be good makes a man great” – those are only part of the messages. Afterwards – already inside the Municipality building - a round table was organized by the “Amalipe” centre, on the problems of the healthcare system in the towns and rural communities. The students shared observations and experience from their field work. Three до шге student mentors – Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova and Dr. Krasimir Romanov from BFPA, and Dr. Mariela Kamburova from Pleven Medical University took active part in the meeting.

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NEW APPROACHES IN TREATMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASES CAUSED BY THE HEPATITIS B (HBV) AND HEPATITIS C (HCV) VIRUSES

Sofia, July 27 2015 

Prof. R. Argirova - virologist, Tokuda hospital, Sofia 

Хроничните инфекции, причинени от вируса на хепатит В (HBV) и хепатит С (HCV) са широко разпространени в света, при хронифициране причиняват тежко протичащи и продължителни заболявания, често преминаващи във фиброза, цироза, чернодробна недостатъчност и първичен чернодробен карцином с фатален изход  и представляват огромен товар за всички здравни системи. И двете инфекции увреждат силно черния дроб и са най-честата причина за чернодробна трансплантация.
И двата вируса са хепатотропни, предават се по кръвен и полов път, но структурата, репликацията, както и  имунният отговор към двата вируса се различава съществено, а оттам – и естественият  ход на инфекцията с тези вируси  е  различен.
Погледнато от историческа гледна точка, и двете инфекции се третираха доскоро  с терапия, базирана на интерферон-алфа (IFN-alpha). Пегилираните IFNs обаче показват малка ефективност при множество странични действия. През последните няколко години се наблюдава бързо подобрение на лечението, особено на инфекцията с HCV,  при която към пегилираните интерферони се добавиха т.нар. DAAs – direct-acting antivirals. Ясно се очертава тенденция към преминаване към безинтерферонови режими.
Независимо от хепатотропността си, двата вируса се различават по вирусната си структура и стратегия на репликация, което обуславя и различаващо се терапевтично поведение. Ето някои от основните вирусологични различия между тях. HBV е ДНК-съдържащ вирус с непълна двойно-верижна ДНК, а  HCV съдържа РНК.
Жизненият цикъл на HBV (Фиг.1) започва с навлизане на вируса в клетката чрез рецепторен механизъм, следва разсъбличане (вирусът се е освободил от външната си обвивка и се превръща  в нуклеокапсид) и  вирусната ДНК влиза в ядрото на клетката.

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Фиг.1 Схематично представяне на жизнения цикъл на HBV (описанието в текста). Източник: www.medscape.org. cccDNA – матрица за вирусната репликация, персистира дълго време и обяснява хроничното вирусоносителство и възможността за реактивиране на инфекцията. Тя не е директна мишена на антивирусната терапия.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Third UN Conference on financing for the Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2020

LogoAddis Ababa, July 13-16 2015

The Third UN International Conference on Financing for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2015-2020 took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia between 13th and 16th of July. UN representatives, ministers, parliamentarians and representatives of civil society organizations (CSO) gathered to set the main goals for development and the means for their financing. In the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The main goals for the 2015-2020 time frame are achieving gender equality, women empowerment and ensuring access to SRHR for women and girls as a whole, as well as finding the financing for achieving those goals. In other words – according to the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and its UN partners, it means access to contraception for 225 mln. women has to be ensured for the program period , as well as almost 40 bln. annually for sexual and reproductive healthcare.
The attending CSO’s main concerns are the focusing on the economical side of the matter, rather than the fact that the underlying principles of SDGs are irrevocable human rights, which they state in this declaration

The final outcome document

 

BFPA participated in the Annual meeting of the National Network for Children (NNC)

ParticipantsVeliko Turnovo, June 18-21 2015

From 18th to 21st June in Veliko Turnovo the National Network for Children (NNC) held its Annual Meeting and General Assembly. It was a dynamic, multi-layer event, which gave a chance to its over 200 participants to express themselves, to share, to learn, to establish partnerships.
 During the first two days BFPA was represented at the event by Ralitza Zgalevska who took part in the thematic working group “Child and youth participation”. The definition of CYP was established within the working group and sub-groups were formed to work on the determined priority activities. The aim of the working group is to achieve a shared understanding of CYP among the members of the Network, to elaborate a model of cooperation between the children and youth on one hand, and the NNC on the other, as well as changing the attitude of the general public towards child and youth participation.

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Low uptake of HIV testing and no HIV positivity in stable serodiscordant heterosexual partners of long-term treated HIV-infected Thais

Bangkok, June 15 2015

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Имаме удоволствието да ви представим едно от последните проучвания с водещ автор д-р Надя Кънчева Ландолт „Слаб интерес  към ХИВ тестване и липса на разпространение на ХИВ сред стабилни серодискордантни хетеросексуални партньори с дългосрочно лечение на ХИВ (тайландци)”. През последните 7 години Надя живее в Банкок, Тайланд. В момента тя работи в HIV-NAT (HIV Netherlands Australia Thailand Research Collaboration) и е част от научно-изследователския институт към Тайландския Червен кръст по ХИВ. Основен фокус в работата й са въпроси, свързани с ХИВ, кръвно и сексуално преносими инфекции, както и въпроси на репродуктивното здраве.

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Social and health messages in Roma neighbourhoods through theatre

Sofia, July 31, 2019

On the last day of July the Roma neighbourhood Fakulteta in Sofia was visited by William Shakespeare and Miguel de Servantes. We started with the best – Romeo and Juliet and Don Quixote. The Roma actress Natalia Tzekova staged a funny and educational performance with the participation of talented children and youth from the neighborhood in which the art was intertwined with social and health related messages. Romeo and Juliet demonstrated the benefits of family planning, contraception and health education and spoke in verse about the harm of school dropout, early marriages and children having children. The participants performed short sketches which contained the same messages, debunked myths and demonstrated how powerful personal example is. Don Quixote explained some of the community specificities which started a short discussion on stage who should take example from whom about health and health prevention. In between sketches and play scenes the participants shared their own personal stories about health and family planning. At the end of the play as a recap of what was presented they raised a few banners with messages on the same topic”: “I have dreams and goals”, “I am not an incubator for babies”, “Ask – someone will tell you”. The audience appreciated the messages and the element of humor in the sketches and play scenes.

 
The alumni of the first Health Education Academy graduated successfully

Sofia, June 17, 2019

Monday, June 17th. Our first alumni class of the Sofia Health Education Academy demonstrated their skills and knowledge in front of classmates, teachers, school directors, school psychologists, parents and supporting institutions. The solemn event took place in the Events Hall at 1st High school, Sofia. The young people from 1st, 144th, 119th schools, 1st ELS and the Professional School of Textile and Fashion Design split into three teams after “drawing straws” and presented the topics “Transformations During Puberty”, “Contraception and STIs” and “Prevention of addictions”. We are very glad that our video on puberty was part of the “fun”. Otherwise the presentations pushed the audience to participate actively. The culmination was a surprise for all – we were visited by the TV show “Masters of the air” who enhanced the effect of the challenge.

 
BFPA gathered the teams from Sofia, Yambol and Montana on a work meeting

Varshetz, May 10-12, 2019

From May 10th trough 12th in Varshetz, BFPA held a working meeting under the “My Body, my rights” project, funded as a part of the global “MSD for Mothers” programme. Hosts and speakers at the meeting were Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, Ventzislav Kirkov and Boyan Mladenov form the BFPA team in Sofia, and the participants were the local project coordinators, health mediators and social workers from the project locations: Yambol – the villages of Kukorevo, Hadjidimitrovo, Veselinovo and Zavoy; Montana – Ogosta and Kosharnik districts; Sofia –Fakulteta and Filipovci districts. During the working meeting were discussed theoretical and real practice cases from field work with representatives of marginalized groups on topics like hygiene, health messages and campaigns, STI prevention, family planning and contraception. The people working in the project locations shared their experience from this and preceding projects about field work with marginalized groups, they discussed what are the challenges and the most successful approaches for achieving the best results. Peter Tzvetanov, coordinator of project activities in Montana, presented a memorable educational session on self-help groups and his colleagues from Montana and Yambol re-enacted some interesting practical cases. Their colleagues from Sofia put up for discussion theoretical situations that may arise during work.

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