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The Roma Matrix Project of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) collectively received a "Person of the Year 2014" award

AwardSofia,  December 10 2014

The awards were handed out on December 10th - the International Human Rights Day, during an official ceremony at the Institut Francais in Sofia. The volunteers and donours who worked during the floods were given the grand award "Person of the Year" 2014 at the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee's annual awards ceremony for contributing to human rights protection. This award is also for the health mediators who went as volunteers to help cope with the consequences of the floods in Asparuhovo, Dobrich and Miziya. The Roma Matrix Project as a whole received the award for overall achievements in ensuring equal access to education and healthcare for the Roma as well as fighting the formed stereotype about them in the society. A part of the project is the campaign "We are not an exception", the focus of which is on Roma medical students and health mediators. "Integrated Roma are invisible" said Dimitrinka Borisova, former health mediator and a 4th year nursing student that will graduate this year. "Open your senses!" is the message of Tzveta Petkova, coordinator and the moving force behind the project for Bulgaria and also a member of the Board of NNHM. We are very proud and happy with the award for the Mediators' Network - it is a recognition for the work of our whole team!

 

Training sessions for students of the American College in Sofia

I. KoumanovaD. DikovaSofia, December 5 2014

On December 1 and 2, at the American College in Sofia, a team from the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) - Dr. Iva Koumanova - BFPA volunteer, and Daniela Dikova - health manager and consultant, performed a series of six healh training sessions for the ninth graders.
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Annual meeting of the National Network of Health Mediators

DiplomasGroup photoSofia, October 17-18  2014

An event that BFPA supports and active part in which its representatives Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova and Ventzislav Kirkov are taking annually. It's a time when every year health mediators from all over the country, Roma medical students, supporters, trainers, institution reprsentatives and international organization representatives are gathered in one place. A very important moment - for organizational questions, sharinfg what is going well and where things are not moving so well, to thank the ones that excel - with excellent grades as students, as volunteers after the floods in Varna, Dobrich and Miziya. Unfortunately, BFPA with the support of NNHM is the only institution in the country which supplies with contraceptives - mostly IUDs - poor people and people without health insurance. The biggest joya and surprise was the significantly increased number of Roma health mediators that have applied and are already students in different fields - from social studies to engineering... One of the most rewarding things in life is to see the point of your work and to receive proof that despite the difficulties and institutional red tape and obstacles, what you are trying to achieve is possible and good!

 

To Defeat Intolerance and Inequality We Must Have Open Minds and Open Hearts

Collage - Emi and Ani pres mid bottomSofia, October 16, 2014

Every year since 2007 on Blog Action Day, thousands of bloggers come together to talk about one important issue, like poverty, climate change and human rights amongst others. This year the event is held on 16 October and the theme is inequality. HMA Jonathan Allen joins the initiative and blogs why to defeat intolerance and inequality, we must have open minds and open hearts. H.E. Jonathna Allen is not only Great Britain's Ambassador to Bulgaria, but also a blogger, our - BFPA's - partner and a supporter of important social causes! In the picture you can see a moment from the premiere of the short film "Emi and Ani" at the British Ambassador's Residence in Sofia in March 2014.

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Faith communities commit to championing sexual and reproductive health

DelegatesNew York, September 22  2014

The vital role of faith-based organizations in putting sexual and reproductive health firmly on the post-2015 development agenda was explored during a high-level side event at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Described as a “call to action”, the meeting, held on 18 and 19 September, brought together members of a broad range of faith communities from around the world, who were joined by representatives of the United Nations Population Fund, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and UNAIDS.

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Training of Macedonian health mediators on strategic planning and organizational development

Group photoSkopje, September 11-12, 2014

HERA - the Macedonian member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), a member of which is BFPA, organized a two-day advanced training of the Macedonian health mediators. The event took place on September 11-12 in Skopje. On an invitation from HERA, Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, executive director of the BFPA, and Petar Tzvetanov, chairman of the National Network of Health Mediators in Bulgaria (NNHM), took part in the seminar as trainers of the Macedonian health mediators. The goal of the training was for the Macedonian mediators to gain experience from their Bulgarian colleagues in preparation to set up an efficiently functioning organization.
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Voluntary counseling and testing for HIV in Ihtiman

Ihtiman VCT Ihtiman ,  August 21 2014

The Regional Health Inspectorate (RHI) for Larger Sofia region in cooperation with the Bulgarian Family Planning Association (BFPA) held a VCT campaign for residents of the Ihtiman Municipality. The tests were conducted by Dr. S. Andreeva, chief expert of the “Illness Prophylactics and Health Promotion” directorate and Mrs. D. Dikova, health manager with BFPA.
The initiatives for HIV testing throughout the country aim to focus the attention of society towards responsible sexual behaviour, using contraceptives and the significance of timely awareness of one’s HIV status for their own and their partner’s health.
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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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