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Survivors Handbook (or not) for Positive – published by BFPA

EditionSofia, December 1, 2016

The Bulgarian Association for Family Planning and Sexual Health (BFPA) choose the World AIDS Day  - December 1, 2016 to launch its newest edition - the book of Milen Chavrov and Ivana Murdjeva  ‘Survivors Handbook (or not) for Positive.’The edition contains personally experienced stories of people living with HIV. It presents not popular and not presented up to the moment focus concerning HIV/AIDS in Bulgaria. It appeals to (re)think on categories ‘support’, understanding’, ‘friendship’ and ‘human attitude’ and tells about the huge and excessive burden which people living with HIV have to stand.
Main characters in the stories are Ivancho, Mariyka, ‘the white coats’, the Gatherer of fallen souls and the Fairy of law. After each story there is a comment with additional information and the legislative point of view is given to every case. The authors – the NGO activist Milen Chavrov and the lawyer Ivana Murdjeva, are long-year consultants of people working on problems related to HIV/AIDS, as well of people living with HIV.

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Internal Organizational Changes for Improving the Work of Institutions for Young People with Learning Disabilities (YPLD)

KMS LogoGroup photoLovech, November 24-25, 2016

One of the aims of Keep me Safe project of Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health (BFPA) is to increase the work on prevention of sexual violence and harassment of YPLD. The efforts of the team together with the organizations working with and for young people with learning disabilities are to create supportive environment and better conditions for health-educational activities.
A two-day upgrading workshop, part of the prolongation of the Keep me Safe project of BFPA took place in Lovech in November 24-25, 2016. Participants from organizations and schools from Pleven, Dolni Dubnik and Lovech who were trained in interactive techniques during the active phase (2013–2015) of the project participated in it.

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Internal Organizational Changes for Improving the Work of Institutions for Young People with Learning Disabilities

DiscussionLogoSliven, November 3-4, 2016

A two-day workshop, part of the prolongation of the Keep me Safe project of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) took place in Sliven in November 3-4, 2016. Organizations from Sliven and Yambol working with and for young people with special educational needs participated in it. 
One of the aims of the project is to increase the organizations’ work on prevention of sexual violence and harassment creating a supportive environment for the young people with learning disabilities and conditions for appropriate health educational sessions.
The workshop was an upgrading follow-up for the representatives of the five organizations. Part of them were trained in interactive techniques and exercises during the active phase of implementing the project (2013–2015).

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BFPA is a partner of TEDxMladostWomen 2016

PresentationLogoSofia, October 29 2016

On October 29th 2016 in the DNA space of the National Palace of Culture, TEDxMladostWomen 2016 took place. The topic is Time and this year BFPA is a partner to the event. Last year one of the lecturers was Dr Rada Stamenkova from BFPA, this year – one of the BFPA volunteers – Dimitrinka Borisova with a story of the (im)possible integration and the power of education. Memorable moments – the opera singer Mila Mihova as an event moderator, Mirolyuba Benatova telling about her developing career and the family that has not happened yet, Martina Vachkova about age and the actor’s walk of life. Powerful and electrifying moments. Decorated with the “Reverse your vision” exhibition, leading to the event hall.
TEDxMladostWomen is a part of the TEDWomen Global Initiative, dedicated to the power of women to be creators and driving force for change. The presentations were about Time, women’s place in it and how they pass through it.

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Learning Action Partnership (LAP) and LEAR experts together against violence and sexual exploitation of children

OAK LogoPanelSofia, September 20, 2016

„There is no other way to explain to ordinary people how the things are, but via personal stories. That is the only way we can show the society that the system is NOT working,” shared Ljuben Georgiev from Re-Act Society at the joint meeting of the Learning Action Partnership (LAP) and the consultative group on project of PULSE Foundation, which took place on September 20, 2016 in “Peroto” club of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia.

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IN MEMORIAM

Todor Chernev, 1945-2018

For the Management board, staff, volunteers and supporters of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) it is a great sadness to share that the first (and only so far) Honorary President of BFPA Professor Todor Chernev passed away on June 4 2018  the age of 72. He was one of the most outstanding gynecologists in the country, with many awards and achievements, including the national “Golden Hands” award. Besides all his different duties and important causes he was supporting, the Professor , as we called him was one of the founders of BFPA and was President of its Management Board for more than a decade. Professor Chernev remained a reproductive health consultant of our clinic in Sofia for almost 25 years and was active in the work for providing access to health services for underserved and vulnerable groups. He will be missed by his wife, two sons, granddaughter, relatives and friends a lot.The short video below reflects just part of his initiatives and successes. RIP! You will be remembered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              

             

 

 

 
Training of Trainers on Health Education

Sofia, May 18-19, 2018

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) conducted on May 18-19, 2018 the first for this year training of trainers on health and sexuality education „About the Shared Knowledge”. High school students from 8th to 11th grade from Sofia, Pleven, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Troyan and Gorna Oryahovitza were introduced to topics connected with prevention of reproductive health and effective ways for delivering health messages to their peers.
The participants were from schools with different profile – entrepreneurship, math, natural science, informatics, humanities…,  and what united them was the expectation to gain new knowledge and make new friends. „How can one understand that he/she is suffering from Syphilis?”, „Which of the sources of information are credible?” and „Is it possible an person living with HIV to have life expectancy as long as an uninfected one?” – were  some of the questions during the sessions.

 
BFPA presents its newest edition: a leaflet on Fake news

Sofia, May 17 2018

A new edition with relevant information to recognize fake news was published by the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA). Author of the text is the journalist Polina Paunova and of the drawings – the artist Kremena Koeva. The leaflet has a focus to health, but treats fake news and disinformation as a whole. It is targeting young people, but is useful and appropriate for all age groups.
„Fake News draw attention. They are scandalous. Shocking. Spicy. They are often about sex. Or about money. Or about death. Or about the three of the above together. Fake news are “grandiose”, “shocking” and reveal “a secret”. They are presented in a way that make you feel lost or shake your understanding of the world, on politics, medicine, authorities and celebrities.
... they discredit people, sometimes even entire countries. They do not have authors, but use names. They do not use factology, but simulate authenticity…“

You can find here the whole text (in BG)

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