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Ongoing projects :: #idecide

I Decide: a global campaign to promote equitable access to family planning services for women and girls everywherе

#idecide #АЗрешавам

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) supports the efforts of the global campaign #IDecide for equitable access of all girls and women to health care and services of family planning.
 
• Early births make the girls dropping out of school and extremely limit their chances for a better life.
• Every woman has the right to know how to keep her reproductive health and to decide how to plan her family.
• Poverty without education reproduces poverty.
• Let’s make possible people from vulnerable communities to have access to information and family planning services.
 
The initiative of BFPA includes young people from different cities in Bulgaria – so that to make possible the messages of the campaign to reach more people in Bulgaria.

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The Global Initiative I Decide started in the month of May 2017

- For a year, 85 million women and girls will be forced into pregnancy because they’re denied contraceptive care – that’s everyone in Germany being pregnant at the same time.
    - Every government can give every woman the contraceptive care she needs for less than $2 a month. 
    - Forced pregnancy will kill more than 300,000 women for a year – that’s the entire population of Venice. 
    - If you’re poor, by being denied contraceptive care – you’re five times more likely to be forced into pregnancy.

 

 

 

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Latest news

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 :: #idecide