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Mission Possible: Active Work of BFPA and NNHM during the summer

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ChukarkaAcross the country, July – August 2016

Teams of Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) and National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) actively worked during the summer months in different locations of the country. Joint activities of both organizations, in the frame of the project „Mission Possible”, aim to reduce health inequalities and to improve sexual and reproductive health of young people from vulnerable communities.
Maglizh, Rakitovo, Chukarka, Sotirya, Rozino, Hristo Danovo, Gradetz, Velingrad, Ihtiman, Peshtera, Rakitovo, Straldja, Kovachevtsi, Shivachevo and Blagoevgrad are the places where in the period May – September 2016 trainings, presentations, discussions and informational events on  topics connected with prevention on sexual transmitted and other infections, different methods of contraception, specifics during puberty, early marriages, drug and other addictions, hygiene were implemented. In parallel medical teams by locations are doing examinations, counseling and testing on STIs.

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The project “Affordable access to healthcare” is speeding up

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FakultetaSofia, July-August 2016

Educational sessions on care for children up to 3 yrs old, health consultations, parental counseling – just a part of the activities implemented by the teams from BFPA and  FSOGHAT “Sv. Sofia” in the boroughs of Hristo Botev, Fakulteta, Malashevci, Orlandovci and Filipovci under the project “Access to health services for pregnant women, young mothers and children up to 3 yrs old from groups at risk”. The teams are made up from BFPA experts, Ob/Gyn specialists, general practitioners, midwives, nurses, fieldwork experts. Up to the moment, in the chitalishte in Hristo Botev two educational sessions have been conducted with 30 attending women, in Fakulteta – during public meetings and home visits – more than a 100 women have attended the informational sessions, in Mlashevci and Orlandovci – around 30 altogether. Activities are being implemented in Filipovci, their reach is to be extended towards Zaharna fabrika and Bakurena fabrika where communities with difficult access to healthcare are also present. The topics of the educational sessions include breastfeeding, hygiene, childcare, care for the pregnant mother and the baby, thalassemia, healthcare specificities, prophylactics.

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Protection and Support for children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy of BFPA Approved by KCS

OAK LogoSofia, 12 July 2016

The Policy of BFPA for Protection and Support of Children, Young People nd Vulnerable Adults Approved by Keeping Children Safe (KCS).

BFPA went through procedure of revising and improving its internal organizational policies on child protection according to the international standards of KCS and Six Principles of OAK Foundation in the period April – July 2016. In such way we once again show our engagement concerning safety and security of the children, young people and vulnerable adults with and for whom we work.

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Learning Action Partnership got first LAP members generated proposals to support

OAK LogoSofia, June 3 2016Printed materials

Four proposals for pilot realization as part of the project “The art to inform” implemented by BFPA and supported by the OAK foundation were presented at the consecutive meeting of Learning Action Partnership (LAP), which took place on June 2, 2016 in Sofia. The idea for a common platform for exchanging ideas and good practices connected with the prevention of violence and exploitation, including sexual, of children and young people and oriented to direct work to improve the administrative system is alive and is developing.

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Introductory training on how to work in multi-ethnic environment in the project for access to health services for groups at risk in five districts of Sofia

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DiscussionSofia, June 1-2 2016

Intensive and extremely well visited workshop with medical specialists and field workers, who will be implementing the activities on the project of First Specialized Ob/Gyn Hospital for Active Treatment ‘St. Sofia’ ‘Access to health services for pregnant women, young mothers and children up to 3 years old from groups at risk’ in partnership with the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association  (BFPA) took place at June 1-2, 2016 in Sofia. The entire project teams from the five project sites – Fakulteta, Filipovzi, Hristo Botev, Orlandovzi and Malashevzi participated in the training and thus  the number of participants were more than 40 people. 
Project activities, roles and responsibilities of the team members, working formats by activities, opportunities for interaction between the different experts and consultants on the project were discussed.

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BFPA supports BRCY Summer Academy “Back to the future”

Kamchia, September 2-9, 2018

For a second consecutive year BFPA supports Bulgarian Red Cross Youth (BRCY) Summer Academy. This year’s Academy motto is inspired by the iconic film “Back to the future”.  Young people from all over the country – BYRC volunteers, representatives of the Red Cross organizations from other European countries, trainers from partner organizations in 8 large modules gathered in Kamchia from September 2nd to 9th.  Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, BFPA’s Executive Director, Petar Tzintzarski, MoH consultant and BFPA Board member and Stanimir Boyadjiev, BRCY President, were mentors for the “Prevention of risky sexual behavior, HIV and STI” module. The peer educators, motivated young people from all across the country, besides receiving information and acquiring interactive teaching skills for the topics from the module, had the ambitious goal to revise the handbook, created “far back in 2002” as they say, and since then has been used by all BRCY peer educators. The week was full of good vibes, enthusiasm, competence and dedication. This brings hope for the future and additional motivation.  #Brcyacademy

 
Our Learning Action Partnership – flexible and organic

Sofia, August 30, 2018

Representatives of the National Network for Children, Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association, Applied Research and Communication Foundation, MoH, PULSE Foundation, MSLP, National Network of Health Mediators, Tulip Foundation, UNICEF, Institute for Social Activities and Practices and the initiative Brave Bakery participated in the next meeting of Learning Action Partnership (LAP).
Summary of the activities done from the last meeting from LAP members and the work in process on topics of the working group was presented. The participants were informed on the conducted by BFPA and PULSE and ARC Foundations focus groups with young people on the second monitoring ring of Lanzarote Committee „Protection of children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, committed trough informational and communicational technologies“. The cooperation with Canadian and other leading world universities working on the topics of sexual exploitation, violence and abuse of children and adolescents was also discussed.

 
About Internet Safety and Young People

Stara Zagora, August 24, 2018

-Is it legal to make a photo session with semi naked pictures of children and adolescents under 18 without parental consent? If not legal, is it really prosecuted?
-To what extend and in what way a semi-naked photograph is considered to be pornography?
These were just part of the questions asked by young people who participated in a consultative group on protection of children from sexual exploitation and sexual violence that took place on August 24, 2018 in Stara Zagora. The working focus with young people from the two language schools, the mathematic and the commerce high schools in the town was mainly around informational and communication technologies. We talked about the rights of the child and about the potential dangers and the required responsible behavior in social media and internet.

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