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EU funded actions: rules, laws and best practices in the field of fraud prevention

PanelRome, 8-9 Ooctober 2015

"EU funded actions: rules, laws and best practices in the field of fraud prevention” this is the title of the  conference, organized by our partner in three european projects in the field of health prevention - the Italian Associasione ISES, in which BFPA ED DR. Stamenkova took part. Our colleagues Carmine Falanga and Dolores Forgione, with whom we have worked on preventing the prevalence of HIV, Hepatitis B and C and HPV, share their work experience with different European experts from different government instituitions, auditing firms and NGO partners in another field of prevention - fraud, conflict of interests, corruption, embezzlement and many more important topics, related to the work of OLAF - the European Anti-Fraud Office.

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Violence against children is preventable

OAK LogoPanelSofia, September 24-25 2015 

Child maltreatment is a hidden form of violence in the Region: 90% goes undetected / WHO Europe

Regional meeting of partners from East Europe, supported by OAK Foundation on programme preventing violence against children took place in 24 and 25 September 2015 in Sofia. Main accent on the agenda of the forum was the role of health and educational system supporting prevention of violence. Lectures and representatives of NGOs from UK, Switzerland, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bulgaria took participation.
Some of the organizations presented good practices from own experience; the event gave opportunity for sharing ideas, difficulties and possible solutions for more successful work against child abuse.

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Child Rights Capacity Building Training

OAK LogoAssignmentSofia, September 7-9 2015

The second interactive training organized by OAK Foundation for NGO grantees from East Europe took place in 7-9 September in Vitosha Park Hotel, Sofia. BFPA is among the 15 organizations included in the project taking participation in the child rights capacity building initiative. A pilot group of NGOs is being trained in parallel from the region of East Africa. This year the project is enlarging including into the training two new groups of organizations from the same regions.
From 2014 the NGOs from Bulgaria, Latvia, Moldova and Poland are working in a network and uniting their efforts in developing strategies and visions concerning six main principles for working with children.

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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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Zero Tolerance towards Sexual Exploitation of Children

Sofia, November 13, 2019

Another meeting of the Learning Action Partnership (LAP) took place on November 13, 2019 in Sofia. This is, at the same time, the first LAP meting under the project “The Ability to Change”, that builds upon a previous project “The art to inform”. The members of the group discussed opportunities to unite efforts of different organizations and institutions for advocating in area of working on prevention and on cases, connected with sexual exploitation of children. One of the main goals of LAP during the next years is to have significant contribution towards zero tolerance in the society concerning sexual exploitation of children. Numerous initiatives are to come, such as capacity building trainings as well as development and implementation of pilot small projects and field initiatives.
The work of the Partnership is supported by the OAK Foundation.

 
First coordination meeting for the “I want to know” project

 

 

 

Sofia, November 8-9, 2019

On November 8 in Sofia coordinators and service providers  from  BFPA branches in the country  gathered for an initial training about the activities of the two-year “I want to Know” project, financed by Viiv Heakthcare. The discussions included the project activities, the time schedule, target groups and access to them, specificities of working with marginalized groups, identifying the locations for each voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) action. Each coordinator made a prediction of the project activities they could do until the end of 2019 and all received the necessary informational printed materials. Individual risk assessment of the vulnerable communities and optimizing the work of BFPA  in-country were the main discussion topic during the second day of the meeting.

 
Bulgaria and North Macedonia together to support and develop the Health Mediators program

Blagoevgrad, October 7-9, 2019

Study visit of health mediators, NGO representatives and state institutions from the Republic of North Macedonia took place in October 7-9 in Blagoevgrad. The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) with the support of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) hosted the three days visit and gave an opportunity for the representatives of HERA – Health Education and Research Association, health mediators from Skopje and Prilep and the Ministry of Health of our neighbor country to understand in details how in years was institutionalized and functions the system of health mediation in Bulgaria. Field visit to the Roma neighborhood Predel Mahala was included in the programme and the guests could see how the work of health mediators Antoaneta Eftimova and Katya Kirilova is going on everyday basis – with institutions, as well with people who need and receive their support.

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