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Training of health mediators - class of 2016

Group photoSofia, March 21 2016

On March 21 2016, at the “Tzaritza Yoanna- ISUL” hospital in Sofia was the official opening of the training for the class of 2016 health mediators. In Bulgaria the network of health mediators continues to expand and this year 53 more people will be trained by professors from the Public Health Faculty of Medical University (MU)-Sofia, medical specialists and experts form NNHM, BFPA and EMHPF. The trainees are with 26 more compared to 2015.
For a fifth consecutive year the training is organized by the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) in partnership with the Public Health Faculty of MU- Sofia. DR. Radosveta Stamenkova and Ventzislav Kirkov from BFPA are an essential part of the training team and the focus of their sessions is on reproductive health, STI and other important aspects of health prevention.
The new additions to the health mediator network were selected by competitions in the respective municipalities. The main selection criteria were at least high school education, being originally from the community, good knowledge of and empathy for the problems of the community, fluency in the language/s/ of the community.

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BFPA Presented Good Practices at Event of GERT

PanelSofia, 18-19 March 2016

Gender Education, Research and Technologies Foundation (GERT) implemented at 18-19 March 2016 a final conference on its project Bullying Prevention in School Environment.
The developed programme initiative is to work on prevention of violence helping to recognize the problem and to increase the capacity of parents, teachers and young people to cope with unwanted fears and consequences.
Representatives of Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association – the projects coordinator Ralitsa Zgalevska and the young volunteer and member of the Management Board Nedko Geshev presented at the event good practices from the activity of the organization: mechanisms for working and methods for learning, connected with prevention of violence and sexual harassment.
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Prisons without Risk – trainings on legal topics for staff and inmates in the prison in Sliven

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Sliven, 10-11 March, 2016Team

Team of BFPA implemented trainings for staff and inmates in the women’s prison in Sliven on 10 and 11 March 2016 in the frame of the project ‘Prisons without risk – a pilot initiative for preventing the spread of blood-transmitted and sexually transmitted infections in three selected Bulgarian prisons’. The work with the two target groups included short summarizing and specific characteristics, connected with blood transmitted and sexually transmitted infections, working on cases in groups and main directions on questions connected with the rights of access to health care in prisons. The participants from the staff trained received a copy of manuals, especially developed on project.

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Learning Action Partnership is looking for opportunities to support children victims of violence

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The third meeting of Learning Action Partnership took place on February 19, 2016 in Sofia. The initiative represents a working group on project of BFPA "The Art to Inform. A network for reducing vulnerability of children for sexual exploitation and abusive practices”.
A team of professionals working on problems in NGO sector and state institutions gathered targeting its efforts for seeking working mechanisms to support vulnerable children and young people. Representatives of supporting the work organization – OAK Foundation, Demetra Association, UNICEF, Association Animus Foundation, Know How Center for Alternative Care for Children, National Network of Children, National Network of Health Mediators, Re-Act Society, Agapedia Foundation, Institute for Social Activities and Practices, a team of BFPA, State Agency for Child Protection and Regional Inspectorate for Education – Sofia took part.

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Mission Possible – second coordinating meeting for medical specialists and mediators

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Stara Zagora, February 12-13 2016Participants

Second meeting with medical specialists and health mediators – this time from Eastern Bulgaria municipalities: Aytos  (Chukarka), Peshtera, Karlovo (Rosino and Hristo Danovo), Kotel (Gradetz), Sliven (Sotirya), Tvarditza (Shivachevo) and Straldja (Muglizh)  took place on 12 and 13 February 2016 in Stara Zagora. These are a part of populated places on recently started project of Bulgarian Association for Family Planning and Sexual Health (BFPA) „Mission possible: Better sexual and reproductive health for young people from vulnerable communities – ways of overcoming health inequalities”.
This, as well last month conducted in Sofia first working meeting with teams by places made clear details of activities on project. Needed obligatory documentation on project, the specific role and obligations of health mediators, terms of implementing were implemented. It was also discussed on possible difficulties of the work with the specific target group.

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Annual Meeting of BFPA

Varshetz, June 16-18 2017

The Annual Meeting of Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA), the country branches of the organization, its partners, members of the Board and volunteers took place at June 16-18, 2017 in Varshetz. The agenda included review of what has been done, successes and challenges of each one of the participants in his/her work connected with BFPA during the last year. Current and future potential partnerships, perspectives for development and strategies to plan future activities, as well as new developments of current projects and sources of financing.

 
The Shared Knowledge. Peer to Peer Training of Trainers, part three

Varshetz, 15-16 June, 2017

Third, last part of the peer education for this scholar year. One of the exercises made was via brainstorming the participants to give examples for social norms – one good and one bad or outlived its time. The young people concluded that the social norms actually have a mutual root with our prejudices. „Run away from here, shorty” – said the pharmacist when teenagers want to buy condoms; when you have older sister or brother and you have to listen to her/him just because they are older, when you say to boys “Do not behave like a girl, it is male stuff” – are a small part of the given as examples of bad social norms. The handshake of athletes at the end of the match; reading in public places when you are alone, to smile while saying Hi, to collect your dog’s poo - are part of the examples of good standards.

 
About health education and development policies

Sliven, May 18-20 2017
Lovech, May 31 - June 2 2017

Sliven, “Sava Dobroplodni” city library – May 18-20 2017, Lovech, “Presidium” Hotel – May 31 – June 2, 2017. A joint effort of  BFPA, BPID – the Bulgarian Platform for International Development, Centre for Inclusive Education (CIE), UN Youth Club, Gender Education, Research and Technologies Foundation (GERT) and Global Libraries. We educate the librarians from libraries and community centres (chitalishta) first from North, then from South Bulgaria in the field of global education, in the context of UN’s sustainable development goals. Our part – BFPA’s task, is mainly in the field of health education, interactive teaching techniques, equal opportunities.

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