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Learning Action Partnership got first LAP members generated proposals to support

OAK LogoSofia, June 3 2016Printed materials

Four proposals for pilot realization as part of the project “The art to inform” implemented by BFPA and supported by the OAK foundation were presented at the consecutive meeting of Learning Action Partnership (LAP), which took place on June 2, 2016 in Sofia. The idea for a common platform for exchanging ideas and good practices connected with the prevention of violence and exploitation, including sexual, of children and young people and oriented to direct work to improve the administrative system is alive and is developing.

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Introductory training on how to work in multi-ethnic environment in the project for access to health services for groups at risk in five districts of Sofia

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DiscussionSofia, June 1-2 2016

Intensive and extremely well visited workshop with medical specialists and field workers, who will be implementing the activities on the project of First Specialized Ob/Gyn Hospital for Active Treatment ‘St. Sofia’ ‘Access to health services for pregnant women, young mothers and children up to 3 years old from groups at risk’ in partnership with the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association  (BFPA) took place at June 1-2, 2016 in Sofia. The entire project teams from the five project sites – Fakulteta, Filipovzi, Hristo Botev, Orlandovzi and Malashevzi participated in the training and thus  the number of participants were more than 40 people. 
Project activities, roles and responsibilities of the team members, working formats by activities, opportunities for interaction between the different experts and consultants on the project were discussed.

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Health educational campaign of Durex supported by BFPA marked the end of the scholar year across the country

SofiaBulgaria,  May 9-June 24 2016

Durex started its campaign on healthcare in seven Bulgarian cities on May 9, 2016. BFPA is participating through its volunteers Ralitsa Hristova and Nedko Geshev in Sofia and the coordinator of its branch in Pleven Dr. Krasimir Romanov, as well aas with other local volunteers who are conducting interactive educational sessions for young people aged 14-16. The topics connected with changes during the puberty, reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, unwanted pregnancy, methods of contraception and not last – the romantic side of the intimate relationships, are provoking a vivid interest, curiosity and numerous questions among pupils.
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Who and Why Needs Health Education?

ParticipantsSofia, April 28 2016

The team of BFPA and Nikoleta Popkostadinova, founder of the platform for sexuality education of teenagers on website loveguide.bg http://loveguide.bg/ got together with a group of young people at 28 April 2016 and had breakfast in Betahaus. The mutual idea on the importance of the need young people in Bulgaria to have access to a contemporary interactive, adequate and youth friendly information with the help of which to be able to take the right decisions connected with their sexual health.
The topics we discussed on are connected not only with Moundy Thursday, the different beliefs, traditions, religions around the world, personal beliefs ..., Chekhov, but also with the common sense.

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Official launch of the project “Access to health services for pregnant women, young mothers and children up to 3 yrs old from groups at risk” to media

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Sofia, April 25 2016

At a press-conference at the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA) the project “Access to health services for pregnant women, young mothers and children up to 3 yrs old from groups at risk” was presented to media. It is implemented by 1st Specialized Ob/Gyn Hospital for Active Treatment (SOGHAT) “St. Sofia” in partnership with the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) and funded by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism of EEA.
Dr. Ivan Dikov, head of the Counseling and Diagnostics department at “St. Sofia”, explained the health aspects of the project – from accepting patients in a specially renovated ward, to home visits for new mothers and field work. Besides the medical aspects, Dr. Dikov emphasized on the need of a lot of educational work not only with groups at risk which are the main focus of the activities but also with wider patient auditorium form the Western part of Sofia. 

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Sofia, December 1, 2017

Nowadays more than ever there is a need to think on how we talk on HIV and AIDS, how media deliver messages and how we behave towards people, living with HIV. The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) challenges everyone: let’s think about how PLHIV bear the stigmatization, still present from the previous time inertia. The science is developing and progressing in its discoveries and this happens including in the area of researches concerning HIV. The HIV-infection today is treated as a chronicle disease. But insufficient information, not fully understanding of the specifics of HIV/AIDS by everyone, even by health professionals are a barrier on the adequate attitude and understanding of the issue.

 
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The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) participated in this year’s forum Voice it 2017: Youth Opinion Matters, which was realized for a third year. The event was organized by National Network for Children and Youth Network ‘Megafon’ in partnership with UNICEF Bulgaria and celebrated 28th anniversary of the ratifying of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
BFPA, represented by Ralitsa Zgalevska and Boyan Mladenov together with two of the organizations’ youth volunteers Maggie Vasilovska and Nedko Geshev, as one of the hosts of the event gave opportunity for discussions on topics, connected with health and sexuality education. Other NGOs collected feedback of young people about the right of opinion, nondiscrimination, children and the judicial system, harassment and violence, mental health, education, internet and digital literacy.

 
Prevention of Sexual Violence and Sexual Exploitation of Children is Possible

Sofia, November 17-18, 2017

The Learning Action Partnership (LAP) conducted its first conference „Prevention of sexual violence and sexual exploitation of children is possible” on November 17 and 18, 2017 and thus officially declared its existence in public space. The agenda included presentations, panel discussions with representatives of state institutions and discussion. The topic of sexual exploitation of children was presented and discussed from different aspects, as the aim of organizers and participants was together to look for ways to improve the working coordination mechanism for reaction after cases of sexual exploitation and violence, to exchange good practices, as well to unite their efforts in the name of the cause to reach as a society zero tolerance towards cases of violence and sexual exploitation of children.

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