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Health Education and Training for Trainers for Young People from EBS Rakitovo

OAK LogoParticipantsRakitovo, April 15-16, 2016

Workshop on health education for peer training of trainers was led at 15 and 16 April by the Bulgarian Association of Family Planning and Sexual Health (BFPA) team. The young people are in the age group 15 to 18 and are all from the Boarding School for boys with criminal record. They were provoked to think and gain knowledge on male and female reproductive system, changes during puberty, hygiene, methods of contraception, sexually transmitted infections incl. HIV/AIDS, trafficking of human beans, sexual and labor exploitation, violence in intimate relationships.
The interactive games and group work were leading the process in the two days so that the boys reflected on how important the good communication and teamwork are.

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Final meeting on project Prisons Without Risks

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Sofia, April 12 2016Panel

The activities on project of BFPA ‘Prisons without risk – a pilot initiative for preventing the spread of blood-transmitted and sexually transmitted infections in three selected Bulgarian prisons’ are implemented.
The final meeting gathered representatives of Embassy of Norway and Ministry of Justice, GDES, prisons in Sliven and Sofia, NGO sector and the whole team implemented the activities, took place at April 12, 2016 in Sofia. From its starting in April 2015 in the frame of a year 395 persons from the two target groups in the prisons in Plovdiv, Stara Zagora and Sliven were trained (150 foreseen). When training on health and legal topics the team used different approaches to work including presentations, case studies, discussions, tests, feedback. Testing and counseling on HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C was provided during every of the visits in the three places. 250 people to test and counsel were foreseen, 309 done in the frame of the project.

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Prisons without Risk – trainings on legal topics for inmates in the prison in Plovdiv

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TeamPlovdiv, 1 April 2016

The last trainings on 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 on April 1, 2016 in Plovdiv. A team of BFPA worked with two groups inmates on topics connected with the rights of access to health care and services. A short revision of main knowledge connected with the specificity and prevention of blood transmitted and sexually transmitted infections given in a previous training was done. The groups worked on cases in which participants had to think on and recon if and to what a degree in defined situations there is a risk of new infecting, as well what is the right to access of the affected to health care. The specificity of the procedure of treatment of HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C was explained.

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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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BFPA presents AIDS Press: HIV/AIDS – How do we Talk and Think, What do we Do on the Topic

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.

 
Youth in Bulgaria: Internet Is Not „Spoiling”Children! Information on it Must Happen in the Family and at School

Sofia, November 20, 2017

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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