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Ongoing projects :: My body, my rights

My Body, My Rights

 My Body, My Rights

Montana IMontana IIThe project ‘My Body, My Rights (2018–2021) is foreseen to go for three years and is implemented in-country by the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) in partnership with organizations from Serbia and Romania, who work on similar activities in their respective countries. The main goal of the project is to improve the conditions for ensuring quality services in the field of family planning for the vulnerable groups in three pilot locations (Montana, Yambol, Sofia), which are different by the level of marginalization, attitude towards contraception, attitude towards school dropouts, risky sexual behavior, early pregnancies and births, as well as possibilities for access to family planning services at local level. It is the project to contribute for a better understanding of the dynamics, which makes easier or obstructive the access to health services, as for example lack of understanding by the most marginalized groups for the benefits of responsible parenting or neglecting (including bad attitude) by doctors or other medical staff when delivering health care.
The projects’ activities ensure creating and maintenance of groups for self-help in Roma communities, which task is connected with increasing the awareness on different health topics, with focus to reproductive health and family planning, identifying the most marginalized groups by locations, promotion and referrals to available services at local level. The project targets young women particularly and special emphasis will be given on local resources mobilization and on sustainable partnership building. Activities for interaction with doctors and other medical staff are provided so that to support their work with different ethnic communities respecting the standards of good medical practice. Third group for partnering in the frame of the project are local and central authorities, which understand the importance of family planning as a main factor for sustainable development at local and national level.

The project ‘My Body, My Rights’ is implemented with the coordinative role of the International Planned Parenthood Federation with the support of the programme for socially responsive business of the company MSD via their "MSD for Mothers" campaign.

 

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Covid-19 pandemic – analyzed and explained
Sofia, January 7, 2021
 
Online meeting with Prof. Radka Argirova, MD, leading virologist with prominent scientific and practical experience was held on January 7th, 2021. The meeting provoked interest and attracted attention of more than 80 people from all regions of the country – among them were representatives of Learning Action Partnership (LAP), BFPA staff and Management bard, NGOs, institutions, medical doctors and health mediators. The topic of the event was ‘ SARS-CoV-2 – About the Virus, Specific Diagnostics and Vaccines’ . During the more than two hours and a half lasted forum was presented a lecture including information about arising epidemics and pandemics, mechanisms of occurrence and evolution of viruses; main generally accepted facts, diagnosis and development of Covid 19. Review of the types of tests for Covid 19 was made, qualities of antigen test and types of PCR tests were discussed, as special attention was drawn to cases with false negative results, asymptomatic patients, and symptomatic patients with negative results. Special attention was also given to the different vaccines elaborated to combat the virus. Participants took the opportunity to ask additional questions after the lecture. You can listren to them in Bulgarian here
 
Outwitting the pandemic - in search of digital applications for health education and information

Sofia, Montana, Yambol, December 2020

Despite the restrictions imposed by the measures against Covid 19, in recent months the planned activities in the second year of the project "My body, my rights", supported by the socially responsible business program "MSD for mothers", continue in three locations - Sofia, Montana and Yambol. The coordinators of the project by places - Fakulteta district in Sofia - Valentin Blagoev, Kosharnik quarter and Ogosta quarter in Montana - Petar Tsvetanov and the whole Tundzha municipality in Yambol (the villages of Veselinovo, Kukorevo, Tenevo, Zavoy) - Kina Assenova, hold meetings of self-help groups - though in  more limited numbers due to precautionary measures, conduct training events for young people - outdoors, through specialized stands for distribution of printed materials for the project itself and for the SRH in general, and most importantly - support marginalized members of communities with hygiene materials, essential goods and medicines and specialized information for prevention from Covid, along with the usual topics - prevention of unwanted pregnancy, prevention of STIs, maternal and child health and many others, through selfless and exhausting walking from the neck of door due to the impossibility to organize large information sessions.

 
Break the Silence: Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Violence of Children Could Happen Everywhere

Sofia, November 18, 2020

Break the Silence: November 18 is the European Day on protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual violence.
The first thing that comes to mind when we hear ‘sexual exploitation’ is usually connected with red lanterns, streets or roads with women (and men) sex workers, trafficking of human beings. Sexual exploitation of children could have also other faces – sex services in exchange of expensive things such as smart phone or modern accessory or at the cost of a lunch, sweets or instead of rent for parents’ accommodation. It can happen via internet and to affect minors before they become teenagers. That’s why it is needed to break the silence and to ask for zero tolerance concerning this ugly phenomenon. Statistics show that one of five children becomes victim of violence, including sexual. As parents we can prevent this: we can teach them for instance on the Rule of the Bathing Suit. It says that no one has the right to touch their body, especially where the body is covered by a swimming bathing suit. Medical examinations and manipulations as well don’t have to be allowed without their informed consent. The rule helps children to understand that their bodies are their own, that there is good and bad touching, as well es personal borders and social ethnic norms.

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Ongoing projects :: My body, my rights