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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.

 

Check your HIV status on Valentine's day!

Stara Zagora, February 14 2014

This is the moto under which the initiative for HIV/AIDS testing of BFPA - Stara Zagora and the local Regional Health Inspectorate VCT was held. The mobile unit's personnel was positioned at the BFPA's centre - in one of the offices specialists from the RHI conducted HIV tests, while in the other Dr. Boryana Parashkevova held educational and contraceptive councelling sesions.

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Conference of the future

                                    NNC Kazanluk 1                    Kazanlak, January 16-17 2014

On Jan 16 and 17, 2014 the National Network for Children /NNC/ organized a "Conference of the future" in Kazanlak, in which representatives of all NNC member organizations took part. The goal of the conference is to elaborate the new 2014-2020 strategic plan of the Network, including the vision, goals and activities of the NNC for this period. BFPA is an active NNC member and was represented at this meeting by Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, executive director of BFPA and member of the NNC Management Board.

 

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12 people were awarded with BFPA’s sign of honor at the Annual General Meeting

Sofia, June 26, 2020

On June 26th BFPA held its Annual General Meeting at which traditionally the members of the organization approved the report for the past year and discussed future plans and perspectives. The Meeting also approved the Code of Conduct, adopted by the Management Board of the Association.
The pinnacle event was at the end of the General meeting on the pleasant Friday afternoon – handing out Signs of Honor to twelve people who through the years were part of the Management Board and long term volunteers of the Association. They are (in alphabetical order): Dr. Dora Mircheva, Elena Poptodorova, Dr. Ivan Dikov, Dr. Kalina Piperkova, Prof. Kuncho Chamov, Maria Kaloyanova, Prof. Milko Sirakov, Dr. Mugurdich Karakashyan, Prof. Radka Argirova, Dr. Raina Gurdeva, Dr. Sofia Stoimenova, Prof. Yuliana Marinova..

 
Volunteers of BFPA: Online Youth Meeting

June 18, 2020, ZOOM

Online national meeting-discussion ‘Health and Sexuality Education from the Point of View of Peer to Peer Trainers’ was organized and held by the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) on 18th June 2020 at the platform for active communication Zoom. Over 35 BFPA peer educators from Sofia, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Pernik and Pleven participated at the meeting and discussed how the conditions of the COVID-19 crisis influenced the ToT process and the delivery of educational sessions and how to continue working on the important topics of health and sexuality education. Reliable information about puberty and growing up, reproductive health, preventing unwanted pregnancies and STDs is valuable and interesting for young people who do not stop looking for materials (mainly online) in order to get additional knowledge.Besides these “evergreens” young people are interested in other topics: mental health, suicides, alimentaion disorders, violence prevention.

 
Parents Need Support to Improve their Digital Competencies

Sofia, May 27, 2020

The first online (due to the Covid19 pandemic) meeting of the Learning Action Partnership (LAP) took place on May 27, 2020. Representatives of BFPA, Loveguide, Tulip Foundation, BYRC, WHO – Bulgaria, Know How Center for Alternative Care of Children of NBU, MLSP, NCCTHB, NCPHA, UNICEF, IOM, GERT Foundation, ARC Foundation, SAPI, PULSE Foundation, Roditeli Association Re-Act Association, WCIF.
The agenda included review of what has been done from the latest meeting of the Partnership up to the moment, sharing the experience of members’ activities in the Covid19 pandemic, discussion for coordinating efforts of the group and maximum using the different resources. The work on developing new web resource platform up to the moment and the ‘small projects’ initiative in the frame of the project ‘The Ability to Change’ were presented. The projects in priority area ‘Changing community attitudes and ‘zero’ tolerance to sexual exploitation of children’ are to start in September.

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