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Access to health care and contraception

AccessAccess to health care and contraception 

In 2019 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 2018, 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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Bulgaria and North Macedonia together to support and develop the Health Mediators program

Blagoevgrad, October 7-9, 2019

Study visit of health mediators, NGO representatives and state institutions from the Republic of North Macedonia took place in October 7-9 in Blagoevgrad. The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) with the support of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) hosted the three days visit and gave an opportunity for the representatives of HERA – Health Education and Research Association, health mediators from Skopje and Prilep and the Ministry of Health of our neighbor country to understand in details how in years was institutionalized and functions the system of health mediation in Bulgaria. Field visit to the Roma neighborhood Predel Mahala was included in the programme and the guests could see how the work of health mediators Antoaneta Eftimova and Katya Kirilova is going on everyday basis – with institutions, as well with people who need and receive their support.

 
Romeo and Juliet from Kosharnik district

Montana, September 12, 2019

The Shakespeare and Servantes tour around the Roma neighborhoods of Bulgaria went to the Kosharnik district of Montana. Talented and enthusiastic local children, selected by the Roma actress Natalia Tzekova presented fragments of the drama “Romeo and Juliet” from a newer angle and with adequate health messages. The aim of the social theatre is with the means of art to inform the public in a comprehensible manner about the harm of early marriages and early school drop outs, the benefits of contraception, the importance of prevention of sexually transmitted infections. The messages target young people as well as their parents, some of which joined the scenes to demonstrate their support for what their children are saying. With his monologue about the Roma Don Quixote Valeri Lekov, also part of the production team, explained some of the community specificities. Between the sketches there were “real life” scenes – a woman from the community visits a doctor who explains the benefits of contraception and debunks some “fake news” about contraceptive methods – all this with a lot of humour and highly appreciated by the audience.

 
BFPA kicks off a new two-year project “I Want to Know”

Sofia, August 23, 2019

With an official green light on August 23, as of Sep 1st BFPA starts activities on a new project – “I WANT TO KNOW – User friendly access to HIV and STI counseling and testing for Roma youth from vulnerable communities”, supported by ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action Programme via CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) UK. The project’s duration is 2 years, during which BFPA will provide voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) with a focus on young Roma men (but not excluding women as well) from poor and marginalized districts through its coordinators in the five BFPA branches in Bulgaria - Pleven, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Russe and Sofia. Activities will begin with a kick-off meeting and VCT training for the service providers, in parallel with informing and awareness raising by elaboration of info materials, disseminated in the targeted communities by one of the closest and dearest BFPA partners – Health Mediators.

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Ongoing projects :: Access