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VACCINES AND VACCINATIONS

Vaccines and vaccinations BGProf. Radka Argirova

VACCINES – DEFINITION, MYTHS AND FACTS
BFPA - with the expert help of Prof. Radka Argirova – a volunteer and friend of the Association – has published a booklet which summarizes the basic facts about vaccines, about their benefits and necessity – summarized for all who want themselves, the people they help as well as all children, to be healthy.

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To charm your peers while you are working

Velimira presentationVelimira Karabobalieva is a BFPA volunteer and a peer educator from Pleven. This has been an intensive year for her – Training of trainers in Pleven, an international Y-SAFE and European Council training in Budapest, participation in BFPA’s Annual youth meeting in Bankya; for her the end of the summer is filled with different tasks. She does not complain but bears all of these tasks on her delicate shoulders with an impressive ease.
What is new from Velimira:

 

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Regional youth consultation "The world we want" orgfanized by UNICEF

Istanbul, Turkey, September 1-6, 2013
The 17-year old BFPA volunteer and peer educator from Pleven Nedko Geshev took part in the Regional Youth Consultation in Istanbul „Improving the access and the quality of education of young people and Millennium Development Goals after 2015”. Nedko was selected to participate by the UNICEF Regional office in Geneva after a public competition and a poll among young people and in the social networks. Nedko’s main message concerns the necessity of health education as a part of the mandatory school curriculum as well as peer education and youth participation.
The consultation meeting organized by UNICEF and The International Youth Leadership Academy will have a follow up bringing together young people and politicians. Nedko’s participation is supported by UNICEF Bulgaria.
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UNAOC – EF Summer School

Ralitza HristovaBetween August 24th and September 1st in Tarrytown, NY, a conference, organized  by UN’s Alliance of Civilizations initiative (UNAOC) together with Education First (EF), was held.  100 young people from 96 countries all over the world were chosen to participate, representing different social and ethnic groups and religions.  One of the requirements for the participants was to be a part of a non-governmental organization.  The activists were to visit a series of seminars, the UN Headquarters, take part in round tables, discussions and simulations for a positive social change.  We are very proud that the only participant from Bulgaria was Ralitza Hristova, BFPA young volunteer and peer educator.

 

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The young BFPA volunteers – medical students form the Thracian university received support from Youth Bank – Stara Zagora

 

BFPA Coordinator for Stara Zagora Dr. Boryana Parashkevova receiving the certificate for approved project on behalf of the Medical students association – Stara Zagora The team of Youth Bank in Stara Zagora has approved the financing of six project for the total amount of 14 000 BGN. Twelve projects were submitted, out of which the young people chose to support six initiatives. The winners were officially announced on August 22nd 2013. The selected ones were:
- “Think, look around and stay alive!” – of the Youth Initiative Group – 2000 lv.
- “Promoting of archery with ancient Bulgarian bows” - NPA Baga – Tur – 2000 lv.
- “CULTure SHAKE” – NPA Association for contemporary art and culture – The Different View – 5730 lv.
-“Come to know the birds in Bulgarian nature” – NPA Green Balkans – 2000 lv.
- “Health and sexuality education – Association of medical students in Bulgaria, Stara Zagora branch – 380 lv.
- “Star workshop” – Amateur astronomers’ club “Gemma” – 1890 lv.

 

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My Body, My Rights: Meeting of the Teams from Montana, Sofia and Yambol

Dolna Banya, September 2-4, 2020

Meeting of the teams on the project ‘My Body, My Rights’, supported by the prohgamme for socially responsible business “MSD for Mothers” took place in Dolna Banya on September 2-4, 2020. Special guests during the event were the Executive Director of ‘St. Sofia’ First OB Hospital Dr. Gergana Kolarova and the coordinator of BFPA in Pleven Dr. Krasimir Romanov. The priceless opportunity to have a direct dialog with Dr. Kolarova was highly appreciated by the team in Sofia and gave them the possibility to adjust the field efforts and optimize the collaboration with the hospital in the field of family planning.
Topics of the discussions during the three-day meeting were: what examinations to be done during the pregnancy and what is doing the gynecologist in the different stages; what are the benefits from health insurances; how much does it cost and how to recover health insurance rights; the benefits of visualization for understanding the information. Short educational films, developed to help the work at local level, were presented.
The work during the three days with health mediators and other colleagues working on the field from Montana, Sofia and Yambol included discussing the progress currently made and future activities trill the project end.
In the crisis months from the beginning of the year two tenth graders from Yambol were close to drop out from school due to the death of their parents, but the project team supported them and the boys will finish their secondary education. Two of the girls, trained on the project this year will be studying pedagogy in Veliko Tarnovo University.

 
The Learning action partnership was introduced to Safenet’s Cyber Scout Programme

Sofia, August 24, 2020

“I’m a 15-year old boy, in the ninth grade. Recently I met a girl in the social networks. After chatting a few days in Skype, we turned on cameras, send saucy pictures…. Now it transpires the girl is not a girl at all, I was recorded and being blackmailed, for money, for more pictures, otherwise the recordings will be made widely public. What do I do to get out of this situation?”
Another case:
“I’m in the sixth grade. A classmate who is a Facebook friend of our history teacher downloaded her picture and made her a professional profile in a porn site. What do I do, how do I react?”
The two cases are just a small part of the one-day training on the Cyber Scout programme for internet safety and online security for the members of the Learning action partnership (LAP). We talked about online bullying, online sexual exploitation, about the ways we should react, what rules apply, what is allowed and effective… We review different cases – from a threat from a pedophile regarding the security of a child to an innocent at first exchange between friends which escalates to online harassment that can have serious and long-term consequences for the victim’s life and mentality.

 
Capacity building in the fields of communication and advocacy

Dolna Banya, August 20-22, 2020

For three days – from August 20 to 22, 2020 BFPA’s team and Board together with representatives of key partners of the Association gathered at a outside-the-box work meeting in Dolna Banya. The public relations and civic law spepcialists Diana Damyanova and Ivana Murdjeva shared with the participants important accents of their professional expertise which are significant for better understanding the public environment as well as for communicating our messages.
The goal of the event was to analyze the needs of our target groups and of the environment we work in, bearing in mind the challenges for the NGO sector and the specificities in communicating with different audiences in order to be more successful when working in ”our” niche – health prevention, family planning, sexual and reproductive health. A short historical overview of the legislative environment and key normative documents was made.

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