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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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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 :: My body, my rights