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Prisons without Risk – Education for Inmates on Legal Topics in Stara Zagora

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TrainingStara Zagora, 11-12 February 2016

The first two groups of prisoners, trained by BFPA team on legal topics with focus on rights of the client in the frame of the project “Prisons without risk” are from the prison in Stara Zagora. In the frame of the second thematic cycle of the pilot initiative for preventing the spread of blood-transmitted and sexually transmitted infections in three selected Bulgarian prisons the training team worked with the groups on topics connected with rights of access to health care in places of imprisonment.
 - But how to protect her if I drink 2-3 glasses of brandy?!
The impact of alcohol and drugs was distinguished as a factor making easier the transmitting of infections. Arguments were given on why there is no way and no sense to ‘separate’ some groups of people from the others.
During the two days inmates discussed on concrete cases and topics connected with the potential risk of infecting in specific environment of the prison, during incidents, as well on rights and possibilities for treatment.

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Play and Learn

Presenting the checkSofia, February 9, 2016

Representatives of BFPA received on 9 February 2016 a check for 5700 Canadian Dollars by TELUS International Europe  for implementing the project Play and Learn. The event took place at an official ceremony organized by the Public Board of the donor.
In the frame of a year BFPA will develop and launch an online test-game for popularizing knowledge, connected with reproductive health, as well will train a group of youth from marginalized communities so that to be able to train peers on the same topics. The main target group for the activities of the project is young people between 12 and 24 years old.

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Mission Possible - training for medical specialists

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PresentationSofia, January 23-24  2016

A working meeting with medical specialists and health mediators from part of the locations in the frame of the recently started project of BFPA „Mission possible: Better sexual and reproductive health for young people from vulnerable communities – ways of overcoming health inequalities” took place on January 23-24, 2016 in Sofia. Participants were introduced with the requested documentation for implementing the project, with the specific role and obligations of health mediators and timetable of the activities. Possible difficulties and risks on the work field were discussed.

The activities on the initiative will be implementing up to February 2017 in partnership with the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) in 14 locations of 13 municipalities from 8 areas in the country. The project is financed by Programme BG 07 “Initiatives for Public Health” of Norway Financial Mechanism trough Ministry of Health.

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Prisons without Risk – Education for Professionals on Legal Topics in Stara Zagora

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Stara Zagora,  January 11-12 2016Team

The training for staff on the second thematic cycle 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” took place in Stara Zagora. During the two days participants discussed on cases and topics connected with the potential risk of infecting on the workplace. It was mentioned that additional instruments for everyday work are needed so that to reduce the risk, as well it was discussed the right to access to health care and service. Participants in the both training sessions discussed on concrete cases from their practice and it was needed to connect their knowledge on specificity of different illnesses and the ways of infecting with real risky situations from everyday work. During the meetings it became clear that there is no algorithm for following health statute of employees in cases of incidents.

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Educational sessions for students from a school in Sofia

SessionSofia, December 7-8 2015

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association’s (BFPA) health consultant Daniela Dikova and one of the organization’s volunteers – Gergana Ivanova, conducted a training for more than 180 9th grade students from the American College in Sofia.

- Can one get pregnant during the last days of menstruation?
- Can you use a female condom if it’s your first time?
- Is the HPV vaccine harmful?
- Can you tell us the best age to start your sexual life?
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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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