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I WANT TO KNOW

Positive action logoViiv LogoI WANT TO KNOW – User Friendly Access to HIV and other STI Voluntary Counseling and Testing for Roma Youth (2019–2021)

The project of BFPA, supported by ViiV Healthcare through Charity Aid Foundation (CAF), puts special focus on marginalized and socially deprived groups. Growing vulnerability towards HIV/AIDS and other STI infections among Roma young men is happening in the context of social isolation, unemployment and poverty. Illiteracy, lack of social skills and motivation, low health culture, poor health services coverage in Roma neighborhoods and especially lack of health prevention programs determine the increasing cases of people affected by HIV and other STIs.
Main target group of the project are young Roma men (age 12-25), but the initiatives are not excluding Roma girls and parents. Health education and behavior changes communication and activities are involving all community members.
Young Roma people from 5 locations: Pleven, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Russe and Sofia, including villages and poor marginalized districts are to be engaged. Awareness raising by screening and diagnosis campaign; counseling sessions and voluntary free counseling and testing including referrals and assistance for early start of treatment of newly diagnosed PLHIV are among main activities. Gathering stories and facts about Roma adolescents who are exposed to different risks is foreseen for developing advocacy tool.

 

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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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