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Ongoing projects :: Access

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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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 counselling and testing for Roma youth”, 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.

 
Social and health messages in Roma neighbourhoods through theatre

Sofia, July 31, 2019

On the last day of July the Roma neighbourhood Fakulteta in Sofia was visited by William Shakespeare and Miguel de Servantes. We started with the best – Romeo and Juliet and Don Quixote. The Roma actress Natalia Tzekova staged a funny and educational performance with the participation of talented children and youth from the neighborhood in which the art was intertwined with social and health related messages. Romeo and Juliet demonstrated the benefits of family planning, contraception and health education and spoke in verse about the harm of school dropout, early marriages and children having children. The participants performed short sketches which contained the same messages, debunked myths and demonstrated how powerful personal example is. Don Quixote explained some of the community specificities which started a short discussion on stage who should take example from whom about health and health prevention. In between sketches and play scenes the participants shared their own personal stories about health and family planning. At the end of the play as a recap of what was presented they raised a few banners with messages on the same topic”: “I have dreams and goals”, “I am not an incubator for babies”, “Ask – someone will tell you”. The audience appreciated the messages and the element of humor in the sketches and play scenes.

 
The alumni of the first Health Education Academy graduated successfully

Sofia, June 17, 2019

Monday, June 17th. Our first alumni class of the Sofia Health Education Academy demonstrated their skills and knowledge in front of classmates, teachers, school directors, school psychologists, parents and supporting institutions. The solemn event took place in the Events Hall at 1st High school, Sofia. The young people from 1st, 144th, 119th schools, 1st ELS and the Professional School of Textile and Fashion Design split into three teams after “drawing straws” and presented the topics “Transformations During Puberty”, “Contraception and STIs” and “Prevention of addictions”. We are very glad that our video on puberty was part of the “fun”. Otherwise the presentations pushed the audience to participate actively. The culmination was a surprise for all – we were visited by the TV show “Masters of the air” who enhanced the effect of the challenge.

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Ongoing projects :: Access