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Responsible Sexual Behavior Campaign of BFPA and SEXWELL Condoms

LogoSofia, January 3, 2017

 A campaign for responsible sexual behavior of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health (BFPA) and SEXWELL condoms ‘Condom with a Cause’ starts in January. The initiative aims to raise funds on continuing the Voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections which the Association provided during the last years, with funding from the Global Fund (GFATM).
Our socially responsible partners from SEXWELL will sell special packages with Condoms with a cause during a year period of time, and will donate part of the profit to BFPA. This way we could again provide the VCT services for HIV and other STIs for free for people in need.

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Learning Action Partnership (LAP) – Overview of the achievements and vision for the future

OAK LogoSessionSofia, December 13 2016

“Violence thrives in silence. To overcome the taboos is the first step for prevention. We need to work with people to know that violence must be disclosed”- shared Galina Markova from the Know-How Center for Alternative Care for Children at the New Bulgarian University during the last meeting of the Learning Action Partnership (LAP). The meeting was organized in the framework of the BFPA project “The Art to inform”, supported by OAK Foundation.
The LAP members gathered on 13th of December 2016 in Sofia to discuss current challenges in their work on prevention of violence and sexual exploitation of children. Participants from different NGOs presented their current activities, including involvement in the preparation of the National Program for Prevention of Violence against Children (2016-2020).

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Training on Reproductive Health for Pupils from Sofia

Q&ASofia, December 5-9, 2016

Daniela Dikova from Bulgarian Association of Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) trained ninth grade students in the American College of Sofia (ACS) during the days 5-9 December 2016. Carefully and highly motivated the young people listened and asked questions on topics connected with reproductive health. The topics about history and contemporary methods of contraception, sexual transmitted infections, as well interactive exercises gave to the pupils basic and valuable for every person knowledge. 

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About the Shared Knowledge – Peer to Peer Training

Interactive sessionTELUS LogoSofia, December 2-3  2016

Peer to peer training on health and sexual OAK Logoeducation with participation of young people from Sofia, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Yambol, Vratsa, Pleven and Ruse took place on December 2-3, 2016, led by Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA).
Why is health and sexual health education needed? What does it mean and why is peer education important? Which sources of information are trusted and which are the communicative skills needed for successful implementing of the educational sessions? How to form a good team so that to be successful in presenting the topics connected with puberty, family planning and safe sexual behavior? These and similar questions were discussed during the two day workshop at the exclusive interest and attention of the students.

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Survivors Handbook (or not) for Positive – published by BFPA

EditionSofia, December 1, 2016

The Bulgarian Association for Family Planning and Sexual Health (BFPA) choose the World AIDS Day  - December 1, 2016 to launch its newest edition - the book of Milen Chavrov and Ivana Murdjeva  ‘Survivors Handbook (or not) for Positive.’The edition contains personally experienced stories of people living with HIV. It presents not popular and not presented up to the moment focus concerning HIV/AIDS in Bulgaria. It appeals to (re)think on categories ‘support’, understanding’, ‘friendship’ and ‘human attitude’ and tells about the huge and excessive burden which people living with HIV have to stand.
Main characters in the stories are Ivancho, Mariyka, ‘the white coats’, the Gatherer of fallen souls and the Fairy of law. After each story there is a comment with additional information and the legislative point of view is given to every case. The authors – the NGO activist Milen Chavrov and the lawyer Ivana Murdjeva, are long-year consultants of people working on problems related to HIV/AIDS, as well of people living with HIV.

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Premiere of BFPA’s short video on puberty at a peer ToT training

Plovdiv, October 29-30, 2018

One of the main modules of the two-day training of young peer educators in Plovdiv was on puberty and growing up, during which for the first time  was presented BFPA’s short film on puberty, made as a part of the project “The Challenges of Growing Up”, funded in the frame of Lidl Bulgaria’s “You and Lidl for a Better Life” initiative. After watching it, the young participants in the training who were from three Plovdiv and three Sofia schools, plus the young volunteers of Red Cross Youth in Plovdiv, Haskovo and Pazardjik shared their impressions and recommendations, as part of an open discussion and filling a prepared in advance questionnaire. Among the main recommendation was the film to also be shown to parents and to start showing with younger children around 5th grade. They see the video as a good starting point for an educational discussion and thus will be good for a start. The rest of the training modules included contraception, hygiene, STI and HIV prevention, family planning, communicational skills and team-building, and there were a lot of questions, comments and discussions. The BYRC volunteers who attended the training supported with up-to-date statistical data about hygiene, HIV statistics in Bulgaria, health messages and campaigns.

 
LISTENING AND STORYTELLING TRAINING FOR CREATING CHANGE

Sofia, October 16-18, 2018

How to exit from our comfort zone and the coziness of the circle of people we are working with and know well; how to learn ourselves to patience; how to overcome obstacles that everyone of us is having, when listening someone...
Paul Browde, psychiatrist, storyteller and couples’ guide, graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and Murray Nossel, clinical psychologist, Academy Award® nominated for documentary, founder and director of Narativ – both teaching narrative medicine in Columbian University – were facilitators of a listening and storytelling training for creating change, organized by the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA). Health specialists and health mediators, psychologists, professionals working on the field with vulnerable communities (Roma, PLHIV, young people with learning disabilities and at risk etc.) from Blagoevgrad, Kazanlak, Lovech, Montana, Pleven, Pernik, Plovdiv, Ruse, Sliven, Sofia, and Sungurlare took part.

 
The benefits of having a young intern for a week

Sofia, October 1-5, 2018

During the week from October 1st to October 5th Lina Fadl, a 15 year old schoolgirl from the Victor Hugo French Lycee in Sofia took her internship with us at BFPA’s Sofia office. In the photo Lina is with her back to the camera, since she doesn’t like to be photographed, but her Biology teacher, who visited us to see how things are happening, can be seen well. It was a great joy for our team to be reinforced by someone with a fresh outlook and thinking. As always in such cases, the benefits were mutual – Lina learned from us how is functioning of a non-government organization, how to elaborate project proposals,  how to budget and report them, how to go on when your project proposal isn’t approved, why a Pap-smear is important, why besides HIV testing, counseling and support for people coming in for VCT is especially important, how and why to use educational playing cards, which other organizations are working in the field of education and healthcare, what socially responsible business means, and much more.

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