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Общи :: Project of BFPA and ‘St. Sofia’ Hospital - final meeting

Project of BFPA and ‘St. Sofia’ Hospital - final meeting

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Sofia, February 23-24, 2017Results summary

The final meeting on project ‘Access to health services for pregnant women, young mothers and children up to 3 years old from groups at risk’, implemented by Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) in partnership with First Specialized Ob/Gyn Hospital for Active Treatment ‘St. Sofia’ took place on February 23-24, 2017.
The initiative provided measures and activities to improve the access and the quality of health services as well to improve maternal and child (0-3 year old) among representatives of vulnerable groups and roma population in Sofia Municipality.
Information on access to different health and social services, as well health services for pregnant women and mothers of children up to 3-years were provided in the frame of more than 5380 individual consultations. 2500 tests for genetic carriers of Thalassemia covering women in early pregnancy, children up to 1 year and their parents were made.

MaterialsSchool for parents in the hospital and educational health sessions in the districts increased the reached vulnerable beneficiaries up to 10 000.
Volunteers from the Roma community were involved and groups for self-help and support in the neighborhoods Hristo Botev, Filipovtsi, Orlandovtsi, Fakulteta, Zaharna Fabrika, Bakarena Fabrika and Malashevtsi were formed in order to reach more successfully the target groups.
One of the specific aims of the project was to raise awareness of the representatives of the target group on their health insurance rights and responsibilities as patients.
Availability to meet and talk with medical teams on different topics to increase the health culture, help and support for a good parenting for people in risk was assured accordingly.
The project is realized in the period September 2015 – February 2017 on BG07 “Initiatives for public health” programme of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

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Общи :: Project of BFPA and ‘St. Sofia’ Hospital - final meeting