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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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Mission Possible: Active Work of BFPA and NNHM during the summer

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ChukarkaAcross the country, July – August 2016

Teams of Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) and National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) actively worked during the summer months in different locations of the country. Joint activities of both organizations, in the frame of the project „Mission Possible”, aim to reduce health inequalities and to improve sexual and reproductive health of young people from vulnerable communities.
Maglizh, Rakitovo, Chukarka, Sotirya, Rozino, Hristo Danovo, Gradetz, Velingrad, Ihtiman, Peshtera, Rakitovo, Straldja, Kovachevtsi, Shivachevo and Blagoevgrad are the places where in the period May – September 2016 trainings, presentations, discussions and informational events on  topics connected with prevention on sexual transmitted and other infections, different methods of contraception, specifics during puberty, early marriages, drug and other addictions, hygiene were implemented. In parallel medical teams by locations are doing examinations, counseling and testing on STIs.

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The project “Affordable access to healthcare” is speeding up

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FakultetaSofia, July-August 2016

Educational sessions on care for children up to 3 yrs old, health consultations, parental counseling – just a part of the activities implemented by the teams from BFPA and  FSOGHAT “Sv. Sofia” in the boroughs of Hristo Botev, Fakulteta, Malashevci, Orlandovci and Filipovci under the project “Access to health services for pregnant women, young mothers and children up to 3 yrs old from groups at risk”. The teams are made up from BFPA experts, Ob/Gyn specialists, general practitioners, midwives, nurses, fieldwork experts. Up to the moment, in the chitalishte in Hristo Botev two educational sessions have been conducted with 30 attending women, in Fakulteta – during public meetings and home visits – more than a 100 women have attended the informational sessions, in Mlashevci and Orlandovci – around 30 altogether. Activities are being implemented in Filipovci, their reach is to be extended towards Zaharna fabrika and Bakurena fabrika where communities with difficult access to healthcare are also present. The topics of the educational sessions include breastfeeding, hygiene, childcare, care for the pregnant mother and the baby, thalassemia, healthcare specificities, prophylactics.

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Protection and Support for children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy of BFPA Approved by KCS

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The Policy of BFPA for Protection and Support of Children, Young People nd Vulnerable Adults Approved by Keeping Children Safe (KCS).

BFPA went through procedure of revising and improving its internal organizational policies on child protection according to the international standards of KCS and Six Principles of OAK Foundation in the period April – July 2016. In such way we once again show our engagement concerning safety and security of the children, young people and vulnerable adults with and for whom we work.

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Young Volunteers of BFPA for Safe Internet

Pleven, July 30 2018

Focus group on topics, connected with safety and protection of children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse online conducted a team of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) in Pleven on July 30, 2018. Special focus when working was put on informational and communication technologies. The work with children is an addition to answers of the countries of Council of Europe according to the Convention of Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, which requires criminalizing of every kind of sexual crime against children. It shows that the countries in and out of Europe have to adopt concrete legislation trough measures for preventing the sexual violence, protecting children-victims, as well to implement criminal prosecution of perpetrations.

„Not everybody had the chance to get good education, we have to do our best to understand everyone,” – says one of the participants, thinking on the question if she knows whether there are some punishments for children who share pictures with provocative content in the network”.
 
BFPA Annual Retreat Meeting 2018 – The New coming 25

Panagyurishte, July 13-15, 2018

Besides the pleasure of meeting, discussing and having fun together with our branch managers, some of our most prominent and active volunteers, representatives of BFPA’s Board and key partners of the Association, at the 2018 Annual retreat meeting we put the start of a lot of activities for the present and upcoming programmatic period and also shared  outcomes of successfully implemented and finalized activities. We called the meeting “The New coming 25” – it is the first year after our 25th anniversary. BFPA’s Executive Director Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova reported the activities for 2018 until now and outlined the forthcoming ones, the perspectives from the viewpoint of the volunteers, the Board and partners were discussed, we tried to foresee the challenges in connection with our future activities in 2018-2019 and their eventual success, which usually brings on more work, and we still find it is good news.

 
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 a lot by his wife, two sons, granddaughter, relatives and friends. The short video below reflects just part of his initiatives and successes. RIP! You will be remembered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              

             

 

 

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