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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 MERCK via their "MERCK for Mothers" campaign.

 

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Second training of the peer educators from Sofia Academy for health education

Petrohan, April 12-14, 2019

In the three days between April 12 and 14 took place the second module of the preparation of peer educators from the Health and Sexuality Education Youth Academy, realized with the support of the PIST directorate of Sofia Municipality. The focus of the second stage of education was upon elaboration of communication skills, teambuilding and team work, acquiring of knowledge about the prevention of trafficking of human beings, knowledge of hygiene as a starting point to peer education, adopting healthy eating habits and preventing eating disorders, work with vulnerable groups. In addition to health knowledge, the future peer educators acquired also social and personal ones – how to define one’s personal space – useful when working with young people with disabilities, and how to plan their own free time.

 
The health mediators from Montana, Zaichar and Pirot share their experience

Zaechar – Pirot, March 20-21, 2019 

On March 20th and 21st 2019 the health mediators from Montana participated in working meetings with their colleagues in Zaichar and Pirot. The meetings are organized by BFPA and  take place within the final phase of the ZOV (HEA) programme (Health and Education for All), supported by the Bulgarian – Swiss Cooperation Programme. Besides the members of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) from Montana, in the study trip were included health specialists working with vulnerable communities in the field, representatives of the Regional Health Inspectorate and of the local municipality. Their colleagues were expecting them in Serbia: representatives of local authorities, local NGOs in Zaichar and Pirot, health specialists, volunteers from the vulnerable local communities.
The key topics on which Bulgarian and Serbian colleagues worked together were exchange of ideas, presenting good practices related to improving the access to health services, education and social services for marginalized groups. The health mediators from Montana were selected to share their experience due to the good results they achieved in their work on the ZOV Programme.

 
First field activities under the Project “My Body, My Rights”

Sofia, Montana, Yambol, February 18-28, 2019

 Partners in the project ‘My Body, my Rights’ (2018–2021) gathered in Sofia on February 25 and 26, 2019 to exchange experience and information. The initiative for health care, information and services for vulnerable people from marginalized families is implemented in Sofia, Yambol and Montana. The meeting gathered the team of BFPA, local project coordinators and health mediators form the three locations, as well as municipalities representatives.
So far, the project team conducted 24 focus groups in the three project locations Montana, Sofia and Yambol - 6 in each one. Participants in the focus groups were girls and boys aged 12-15, 16-25 and over 25 years old. The aim is to explore the attitudes of young people in the communities (especially marginalized groups) towards the family planning services offered and whether they can take independent decisions about their reproductive health.

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Ongoing projects :: My body, my rights