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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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BFPA participated in the Annual General Meeting of the National Network for Children

Group photoPamporovo, August 28-30, 2020

Annual Meeting and General Assembly of the National Network for Children (NNC) took place on August 28-30, 2020 in Pamporovo. Ralitsa Zgalevska, Assoc.Prof. Boryana Parashkevova and the young volunteer Maria Simeonova form Stara Zagora represented BFPA at the meeting. In the frame of the thematic working group ‘Education’ Ralitza Zgalevska presented ‘ToT for  peer education’ in the field of health and sexuality education as a successful model and good practice for working with young people.
‘One of the most harmful and dangerous thoughts is: “everyone does like that’, young people quoted Tolstoy during the one of the topic panels, after that appealed: ‘Let us be brave enough to try to change things which we do not like!’
The biggest coalition of organizations working in children and families benefit conducted its Annual meeting for 15th  time in a row with participation of 150 supporters, civic activists and organizations, public figures, representatives of institutions and experts from the country who dedicated their work to care for children in the area of healthcare, education, legislation and social services.

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The Health Mediators Policy - officially published in the State Gazette

ParliamentSofia, August 25, 2020

"Today in the State Gazette the Health Mediators Policy was published by the Ministry of Health. We have come a long and difficult way to this day. Health mediators are already regulated in the Health Law and this Policy. Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this happen. The mission is possible! ” wrote Prof. Ivaylo Tarnev, member of the Management Board of the National Network of Health Mediators (NMHM). BFPA is one of the three organizations, together with EMHPF and OSI, which laid the foundations of health mediation in Bulgaria, as we have been supporting the process for almost 20 years, training mediators and working together in the field in various projects. Representatives of our organization were part of the working group at the Ministry of Health to create the Policy”
The Health Mediators Policy is a by-law arising from the renewed Health Act, where health mediators are officially mentioned. It affirms this profession and guarantees the principles of professionalism in their selection, training and overall work. The adoption of the policy creates conditions for sustainable development of the profession for the benefit of the communities and the whole society, as well as a barrier to the unprincipled appointments and arbitrary dismissals of mediators in the municipalities. It defines their tasks as supporting the activities of municipalities in implementing policies in the field of health prevention among the population and doctors in and on the occasion of the provided medical care.

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Health education in the focus of Report Card 2020

LogoSofia, June 17, 2020

On June 17th the National Network for Children NNC presented online the now traditional Government’s Report Card concerning the child-related policies in different fields. For better visualization of the needs of the adolescents the Report Card has a few attached videos on important subjects to be acted upon, created by Genka Shikerova – battling poverty, addiction prevention, the need for health education, etc. The video on the need for health and sexuality education is with the participation of some of “our” people – Dr. Rada  Stamenkova, Exec. Director of BFPA, and Rado Vasilev – peer educator from 1st High School.
Here are some more details from the ninth consecutive edition of the annual report “Report Card 2020 – What is the average government score in the field of childcare? “

Overall score – 3 (average)
The Report Card is an annual report prepared by NNC. It reviews the basic policies aimed at the wellbeing of the children. This year it was prepared by 36 experts from CSOs who work with children and families all year round. In the preparation of the Report Card also take part more than 400 children, adolescents, parents and professionals via the questionnaire “Report Card – how the children, parents, and professionals evaluate the government” as well as interviews by child reporters from the National Eurochild Forum – Bulgaria and the Megaphone Youth Network.
All of them evaluate the progress of the government on 8 key topics: Wellbeing of children, Protection from all forms of violence, Early child development, Child health, Education, Family environment and alternative care, Child Justice and Child participation.
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Start of the Academic year of Health Mediators 2020

ONLINESofia, May 7, 2020

On May 7 2020 the academic year for the new health mediators from all over the country started. The education is organized for a ninth consecutive year by the National Network of Health Mediators in partnership with the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) of the Medical University – Sofia. BFPA is an important and integral part of the educational team from the very start of the health mediator program. This year’s class consists of around 50 people from all over the country. In the difficult situation because of COVID-19 academia, municipalities and the mediators themselves faced for the first time the challenge to ensure an online education instead of the traditional form in FPH at MU-Sofia using the modern possibilities for online communication.

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BFPA supports the health mediators in their noble mission – the fight against COVID-19

KAMPANIA 1 Bulgaria, March-May 2020

Over 200 responsible and devoted health mediators are among the people of the Roma quarters and neighbourhoods daily. They inform, explain, convince, reassure, disinfect, deliver school materials to the children with no access to online education and do everything possible for people to pass through the “coronavirus challenge”. In the first lines but unprotected due to lack or shortage of personal protection equipment, they are in danger and at risk to their own or others’ health. In lots of locations the mediators are the only source of information and help and they are fighting against the lack of running water, food, disinfectants and are on the front line every day.

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Two Interesting Partner’s Events in one day

Anti-violenceSofia, March 6, 2020

Supporting Women who Suffered from Domestic Violence
Victims of domestic violence usually hide their faces – ashamed that they let that happen to them, being out of fear that they will be found and hurt again. How often do we come across them on the streets, at the grocery store, in the elevator, without suspecting what they have gone trough.
The exhibition of Yana Peneva from 6th to 8th March in Credo Bonum Gallery tries to show the chaos of thoughts and emotions of women, victims of violence, with whom specialists form PULSE Foundation work.
In the eve of International Women’s Day, 8th March, BeCause Foundation appeals for solidarity towards women suffered from domestic violence. Donate here

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BFPA starts working on a new project – ARIE - supported by the ERASMUS+ program

Sofia, March 2021

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) is a partner in the first European project that encourages People Living with HIV (PLHIV) to implement regularly a system of aerobic exercises. The project was supposed to start in the beginning of 2020 but the Covid-19 pandemic postponed the start with one year. So ARIE will be implemented in 2021 and 2022, coordinated by ANLAIDS Lombardia  - an organization that was a partner of the Association under other projects  - for HIV  prevention, for creating an online informational system for Hepatitis B and C and for cervical cancer prevention. We are partners from  6 countries (Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia), 7 organizations and over 30 experts. ARIE is an ambitious project to encourage participation in sports and physical activity of people living with the HIV infection and are on therapy, in line with EU recommendations and guidelines on physical activity.
The project intends to promote physical activity in the form of personalized paths, among people aged between 18 and 50 who live with HIV infection and who are under treatment, offering an innovative fitness protocol, and in order to involve them in moderate physical activity. Therefore, the project through the development of the protocol aims to promote voluntary activities in sport, together with awareness of the importance of physical activity for the benefit of health through greater participation in sport for all.
 
Online Meeting of LAP in Seeking Different Approaches to Work with Young People

Sofia, February 24, 2021

Another online meeting of Learning Action Partnership (LAP) took place on February 24th, 2021. The participants – guest colleagues from Center for Study of Democracy (CSD); representatives of BFPA, Know How Center for Alternative Care of NBU, BYRC, SAPI, Re-Act Association, ASC Foundation, NNHM and IOM – reviewed the progress of implementation of the so called ‘small projects’ in the frame of LAP. The short video representing the work of LAP was discussed and approved for use.
The special guests of the online meeting presented the campaign ‘Find Another Way’, directed against radical messages and actions of young people in internet. Safe Internet Center and Center for Study of Democracy, worked on the initiative for three years, presented results and conclusions from their online communicational campaign.
The main target groups of the project were young people 14-19 in Bulgaria. Their main goal – prevention of violence, connected with the extreme-right messages and reducing the vulnerability of young people towards extreme-right messages and propaganda. From CSD strived to work for reducing anti-minority attitudes and messages and violence against minority groups, they tried to present other, different points of view and to involve young people in constructive alternative causes via narratives for stimulating critical thinking and identifying fake messages.

 
A new project “Youth Voices, Youth Choices” of the Bulgarian Association for Family Planning and Sexual Health has been launched

Sofia, February 8-10, 2021

The first online meeting of the project “Youth Voices, Youth Choices” was held on February 8-10, 2021. The project "Youth Voices, Youth Choices" (2021-2023) is a 30-month international project implemented in Bulgaria by the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA). Partner organizations from Albania, BiH, Kosovo and Northern Macedonia will implement similar initiatives in their countries. The project is implemented with the coordinative role of the International Planned Parenthood Federation with the support of the programme for socially responsible business of the company MSD and aims to create more accessible and youth-friendly SRH services and information, paying special attention to the most vulnerable groups.

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