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NNC meeting on youth participation

Group photoSamokov, 28-29 July 2014

On behalf of BFPA Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, executive director, and Ralitza Zgalevska, KEEP ME SAFE Project coordinator, took part in a presentation of a good practice of the active young people from the Youth Parliament – Samokov for the National Network for Children (NNC) Project “Megaphone: Children and youth participation for a better citizenship”.
What infact is children and youth participation, how is it regulated, whether, where and how successfully is it implemented; how to attract the local community in implementing ideas elaborated by the young people for the benefit of the city; how to resolve a specific problem; why do we “go with the flow” and hold parent-teacher meetings without the children present; how to include intergenerational education…
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Volunteers - health mediators from NNHM helping in Varna

Field workVarna, June-July 2014

Volunteers - health mediators from 8 municipalities left for Varna on June 23rd (Monday) to help their colleagues cope with the aftermath of the disaster. The initiative for this mission comes from the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) and the coordiantor of the volunteer team is Velcho Mihalev, a health mediator in the Aitos municipality. The first volunteers to leave for Varna are Gergana Demireva (Karnobat), Asen Asenov (Shumen), Milyo Dobrev (Straldja), Valentin Chakurov (Tervel), Russi Bojidarov (Nova Zagora), Sasho Yordanov and Natasha Todorova (Sliven).
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Workshop for Health mediators and coordinators of mediation programs from seven European countries took place in Sofia

Group photo 1Sofia, June 9-11 2014 

In June 2014 the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) in partnership with International Organisation for Migration (IOM) organized three-days workshop in Sofia for mediators and coordinators of mediation programs from seven EU countries - Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Romania and Slovakia. The workshop is part of the Pilot Regional Initiative “Health Mediation among Roma Community” within the project “EQUI HEALTH - Fostering Health Provision for Migrants, the Roma and Other Vulnerable Groups”. Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova (Executive Director of Bulgarian Family Planning Association) presented interventions among vulnerable communities targeting trafficking of human beings prevention, school drop-outs and family planning, which are implementedamong Roma community with the assistance of the Health mediators.
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Report Card 2014: What is the average Government score for childcare?

 Sofia, May 27 2014

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Representatives of BFPA and other NGOs at the MAN2014 European conference in Belgrade

RecreationBelgrade, April 9-11 2014

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) was the Bulgarian partner of the MAN2014 European conference held in Belgrade from the 9th to the 11th April 2014. The Bulgarian representatives shared their experience with members of delegations from 13 European countries. The main focus of the discussions was in the field of gender equality, and aggression and violence prevention, but this time from a male point of view. NGOs, international organizations and governmental structures shared their different methods of work and good practices. It was a pleasure to share our Bulgarian experience. During the discussion special attention was given on the relevance of media and social networks – according to the latest data 16 minutes out of every hour on the internet are spent in Facebook, which shifts the communication models and the approach to news dissemination among not only young people, but all the generations.

 

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Presenting the short animation “Emi and Ani” at the “Early childbirth and protection of children’s rights and interests” meeting, organized by the SCPA

BFPA printed and video materialsBurgas, April 1 2014

On April 1st at the at the Burgas governor’s hall took place a discussion themed “Early childbirth and protection of children’s rights and interests”, organized by the chairman of the State Child Protection Agency (CSPA) Eva Jecheva. Among the participants were the UNICEF representative for Bulgaria Tanya Radocaj, the governor of Burgas, the deputy–mayors of Burgas, Sliven and Varna, representatives of different RHIs, parliamentarians, NGOs, health mediators, hospital directors from Burgas, Varna and Sliven. BFPA was represented by Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova and Ventzislav Kirkov. BFPA’s printed materials as well as the short film “Emi and Ani” attracted a lot of interest. As usual, we shared everything we had in our hearts and on our minds. We are hoping for support, so that no girls drop out of school or have to get married at the age of 14!
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Official launch of the new centre of “Medecins du Monde” in Sliven, with the support of BFPA

Training 1Sliven, February 28 2014

The project “Reproductive Health and Prevention of Unwanted Pregnancies for the Vulnerable Population of Sliven Municipality” which the French organization “Medecins du Monde” will implement with the partnership of Sliven Municipality and the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA), was officially launched. Attending the official opening of the new centre of “Medecins du Monde” in Sliven were the French Ambassador H.E. Xavier Lapeyre de Cabannes, the Mayor of Sliven Kolyo Milev and other official guests, among which the regional governor Korneliy Jelyazkov, the regional manager of “Medecins du Monde” for Asia and Eastern Europe Hugo Tiffou, representatives of the local and regional authorities, educational and health institutions, international and Training 2Bulgarian organizations and partners as well as representatives of the local communities. The centre is situated in the building of Secondary School N 8 “Yuriy Gagarin”, premises are provided by the Sliven Municipality and renovated by “Medecins du Monde” in order to create suitable conditions for organizing informational campaigns, communicational sessions and sexual and reproductive and family planning related counseling.

BFPA’s role in the trilateral partnership is to provide contraceptives and informational materials, as well as to assure trainings provision, monitoring and technical assistance. After the official part of the launch, Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova – BFPA’s Executive Director, and Ventzislav Kirkov – the Association’s Program Manager, conducted a training “Modern contraception, Reproductive health, reproductive Training 3attitudes and behavior of the vulnerable communities” for the team of “Medecins du Monde” and the health mediators from the municipality of Sliven.

 


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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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