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Early child development - a priority in the work of the National Network of Health Mediators (NMHM) for the next two years

NNHM logoCampaign logoSofia, March 9, 2021

On March 9, 2021, took place the first national forum “Gaps in Early Childhood Development Policies. Possible Solutions”, in which 4 national campaigns aimed at changing early childhood development policies were presented. One of the campaigns is the draft "Ordinance 26 in action - for more healthy babies and happy mothers". In drafting  it the National Network of Health Mediators (NMHM) cooperates with the Club of Non-Governmental Organizations - Targovishte, Association LARGO - Kyustendil and Association "Thirst for Life" - Sliven. The aim of the advocacy initiative is to achieve equal and effective access of pregnant women with no health insurance to health care - adequate follow-up of their pregnancies. At present, according to the current Ordinance №26 of 14.06.2007 of the Ministry of Health for providing obstetric care to uninsured women and for conducting lab testing outside the scope of compulsory health insurance for children and pregnant women, the uninsured pregnant woman is entitled to one a single examination with accompanying lab tests for the entire period of pregnancy. This single examination cannot guarantee the birth of a healthy baby, as it is not possible to prevent the various risks to the mother and child in the prenatal period. It is important for the problem to receive support from specialists, institutions, partners, but also from the general public. The communication component among the activities led by the NMHM will be aimed at this.

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The National Network for Children launches the "Together for Children" movement

CampaignBulgaria, February 24, 2021

When you are little, it is important to have an adult on your side, because children are highly vulnerable and need protection. That is why it is necessary for each of us to stand behind the cause of our children to have a happy childhood.
The National Network for Children (NNC) has launched the Together for Children movement, which calls upon the whole society for responsible parenting and civic activism on children's issues. On the occasion of the upcoming March celebrations, special free bracelets will be disseminated among friends and partners in the country, made with a lot of love - as a symbol of care for children in Bulgaria.
Maybe someone will connect it with the traditional red thread against jinxing, and others with the Martenitsa, which we tie as a wish for health and luck on the wrists of our children, relatives and friends.

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Ambassador for a Day 2021 Campaign has begun

Event promoSofia, January 5, 2021

Ambassador for a Day 2021 has begun! For the fourth consecutive year, this competition will give girls across Bulgaria, аged 14-18, the chance to experience what it is like to be an ‘Ambassador for a Day’.
This year, the theme is ‘Resilience, Recovery & Rebuilding’ and, in order to participate, girls need to submit their essay by 21 January 2021.

To enter the competition, girls have to submit essay and fill out application form in Bulgarian or English: www.ambassadorforaday.com
The Ambassador for a Day Campaign is a leading event of the British embassy in Sofia. Started in 2018 with the idea to celebrate International Women’s day with a positive action, the initiative became one of the mostly recognized and widely supported campaigns. The concept is developing through the years. In its essence Ambassador for a Day is a national essay contest for girls in the age group 14-18 (8th to 11th grade).

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The Valya Krushkina - Journalism for the people Awards 2020 was presented for the ninth time

WinnersSofia, December 18, 2020
 
As always, in December it is time for the winners of the "Valya Krushkina - Journalism for the people" competition to be awarded. BFPA has supported the initiative since its inception. This has been happening for nine consecutive years, but for the first time not live - the Covid pandemic affected this significant event for the media and public environment. There are 4 categories - electronic media, writing journalist, filming journalist and journalist-hope. In addition, there is The Big Prize. The jury consists of seven members, all well-known names from various leading media in Bulgaria. The winners were chosen from 106 submitted materials. We all hope that next year the tenth anniversary edition of the competition will be live, and that we will put an end to the pandemic. For the first time we will mention who supported the event for the modest prize fund with the clear awareness that in these conditions there are not doing it for strong publicity, but only to support the cause - Bulgarian Society for Public Relations (BDVO), L'Occitane en Provence and Salon Olfactive.
Indeed, this year the competition faced a number of challenges due to the epidemic situation in the country, which was the reason for the official award ceremony to be canceled. However, this did not prevent nominations and winners from being announced, albeit in a slightly more unconventional format. All nominated materials were sent to the seven-member jury. These are journalists with proven experience and reputation in the field, namely:
1. Maria Cherneva, BNT
2. Rosen Tsvetkov, bTV
3. Silvia Velikova, BNR
4. Nikolina Dimitrova, Bulgaria ON AIR
5. Vladimir Yonchev, OFF News
6. Stoyana Georgieva, Mediapool
7. Petyo Tsekov, Sega newspaper

They gave their assessments and chose the journalistic materials that this year deserves to be awarded with the emblematic statuette - a glass Pear - a symbol of the awards, as well as to receive a diploma. Here are the winners by category:
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Start of a national campaign "Trafficking pregnant women to sell their newborns is a crime!"

Video thumbnailBulgaria, November 16, 2020

The National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and the 10 Local Commissions in the country have launched a campaign to prevent trafficking in pregnant women in order to sell their newborn children. The campaign is run under the title "Trafficking pregnant women to sell their newborns is a crime!" and is implemented on the initiative and project of the Local Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in Burgas, Association "Equilibrium" and the Municipality of Burgas.
Unfortunately, this form of trafficking is specific to the Bulgarian context, and according to the official data of the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, involvement in this type of trafficking is a very common form of crime in our country. The sale of babies from poor and especially socially isolated communities in Bulgaria is an increasingly used criminal way to tackle poverty. Through well-organized criminal groups and manipulators, young girls and women, mostly living in extreme poverty and illiteracy, give birth and sell their newborn children abroad.

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Support the health mediators in the special edition of The Change 2020

PosterSofia, November 1, 2020

From November 1 onward everyone can support the Association "National Network of Health Mediators" (NNHM) and make them stronger in their activities.
Support the NNHM project in the special edition of “The Change”. This is the largest socially responsible initiative of Reach for Change Bulgaria in partnership with Nova Broadcasting Group. In 2020, the competition is dedicated to the children most severely affected by COVID-19 with the financial support of ING, Aurubis Bulgaria and NN Bulgaria.
In the context of the Corona virus pandemic, health mediators are at the forefront of their communities to inform, support and assist them. In this situation, young people are among the most severely affected. They limit their social contacts and face-to-face education in schools. Many of them wonder why there is a need for emergency epidemic measures and restrictions against something they do not recognize as a real threat.

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Health mediators are a part of Reach for Change and NOVA TV’s initiative THE CHANGE

Initiative logoSofia, September 18, 2020

It is a great joy for BFPA that one of its most valuable partners – The National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) was selected among the first three organizations – finalists in the initiative THE CHANGE, who will receive full financing of 17000 BGN. This is the largest socially responsible initiative of the Swedish organization Reach for Change in cooperation with Nova Broadcasting Group. In 2020 the competition was dedicated to children and youth most heavily affected by COVID-19. The initiative was made possible with the financial support of ING, Aurubis Bulgaria and NN Bulgaria.
The final line up was announced on September 18, 2020 in the central news on Nova Television. The two other Non-Governmental organizations that will receive full funding are Centre Amalipe and the Give a Book Foundation. The sum of 4000 BGN will be given to Future for the Children Association and Association First of June to support them in their activities.

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Podcast ‘Of Rights and People… Because Free People Have Rights

August, 2021, Sofia

The implemented by BFPA project ‘Increasing the capacity of the team, partners and supporters of BFPA in the field of advocacy for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) ended in August 2021. It was funded by the Active Citizens Fund of Bulgaria under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area.
In the frame of the project trainings and discussion meetings took place during which the team of BFPA, together with key partners and supporters, worked for enlarging the knowledge and practical skills to formulate and communicate messages, targeting different publics, and tried different ways of conducting effective dialog in public space. In parallel with this the trainings contributed for the development of analytical skills of the participants in the area of national and international legislation concerning human rights in general and with special focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights. PR and Communicative strategy for popularizing messages, connected with the implementation of the main strategies of the association was developed.

 
BFPA team in training of trainers in healthy lifestyle project for PLHIV

Timisoara, August 27-28, 2021

Representatives of seven organizations from six European countries (Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Slovenia, Romania) gathered for a training of trainers in Timisoara on 27 and 28 August 2021. The training is part of the ARIE project, funded by the Erasmus+ of EU, and project main goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle for people living with HIV (PLHIV) in accordance with EU directives and guidelines, which includes healthy nutrition and physical exercises. The Directives mean that PLHIV must be taught how to perform a set of exercises tailored to their condition, whether they’re on antiretroviral therapy or not. The training in Timisoara covered all aspects - approach, physical condition, psychological attitude, the role of coaches, even first aid for the most typical fitness-related injuries.

 
BFPA study among young people: what to improve in the provision of health services in a pandemic

Kyustendil-Pernik-Radomir-Sofia, July-August, 2021

During the period July-August 2021, 42 young people from Kyustendil, Pernik, Radomir and Sofia took part in 6 focus groups in a study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the provision of services and care in the field of sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Different groups of young people, young mothers and pregnant women were involved. Some of the groups were with participants from the Roma community.
The aim was to examine the needs, challenges and difficulties faced by young people during the pandemic and to give them the opportunity to propose ideas for improving various health services.

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