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Access to health care and contraception

AccessAccess to health care and contraception 

In 2020 as in previous years access to healthcare is a very important part of BFPA’s work. The Association provides ongoing services in the field of sexual and reproductive health in 5 cities in Bulgaria – Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Rousse, Pleven and Sofia. The main target groups of the organization are young people and representatives of marginalized groups with difficult access to health and social services. BFPA performs gynecological examinations, various  STI tests and provides modern contraceptives. More than 10,000 women and men use these services annually. In the previous year counseling and testing for syphilis was added as well as referrals for gonorrhea and trichomoniasis.
 
Partnerships with various municipal structures and with OB/GYN specialists as well as the collaboration with the National Network of health Mediators allow BFPA to provide contraceptives in many other locations country-wide. This way the organization geographic scope expands and with it the possibilities for access to contraception and specialized medical care. At the same time, as part of other initiatives we have the possibility to work directly with the target groups. For example, as part of the project Mobile services, education and trafficking prevention for women in rural areas of Bulgaria the BFPA has been providing gynecological examinations, tests and contraceptives in 16 settlements for the last 5 years. The Association had a similar approach while executing projects targeted at Roma people and other socially marginalized societies in the areas of Yambol, Burgas, Ruse, Pazardzhik, Montana, Dobrich, Sliven, Blagoevgrad, Stara Zagora, Shumen and Razgrad.
 
The activities related to providing access to health care - especially in the area of sexual and reproductive health - are funded form various sources:
• With funding from international partners, the main donor being the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Norway Financial mechanism
• With funding from municipalities
• With self-financing
• In 2019, at BFPA's static and mobile clinics, and also through community based activities, SRH services were delivered  to over 10 000 clients, more than half of which are considered "vulnerable".
• In 2006 BFPA registered its own health center in Sofia (owned 100% by the BFPA) with the idea the generated income to be used for execution of social projects around the country. It is still not generating large funds but it is part of our vision for the future. You can find out more about the health centre at www.semeinoplanirane.com

 

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The first for 2020 meeting of the Learning Action Partnership took place in Sofia on February 12, 2020. The agenda included review of activities done on project up to the moment, fixing of concrete future activities and defining small working groups for the different strategic directions.
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Most significant change: Documenting stories

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On January 26-28 BFPA organized a meeting of the teams working on the project „My body, my rights” from Sofia, Yambol and Montana. Representatives of the three locations shared their experiences from the implemented field activities. We discussed problems which health mediators, self-help group members and their partners face and paid special attention on possible ways and strategies for solving. Participants put accent on good practices that had been identified up to the moment. It was the perfect time to watch and discuss several videos, showing the fieldwork as well as image “memes” with messages, which show benefits of family planning.
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After a successful and intense first year during which the first batch of alumni peer educators of the Sofia Health Education Academy got skills and knowledge which they are already sharing with their peers, we started the second academic year. In this process the BFPA team works with valuable partners – the PIST Directorate of Sofia Municipality, the National Centre for Public Health and Analyses with MoH (NCPHA) and the Bulgarian Red Cross Youth (BRCY)
During the academic 2018-2019 teams of young people from 1st High school, 144th, 119th schools, 1st ELS and the Professional School of Textile and Fashion Design, supported by their school psychologists underwent an intensive training program and at the end of the education received certificates and demonstrated their abilities in front of schoolmates, parents and teachers.

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