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Prisons without Risk – trainings on legal topics for staff and inmates in the prison in Sliven

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Sliven, 10-11 March, 2016Team

Team of BFPA implemented trainings for staff and inmates in the women’s prison in Sliven on 10 and 11 March 2016 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’. The work with the two target groups included short summarizing and specific characteristics, connected with blood transmitted and sexually transmitted infections, working on cases in groups and main directions on questions connected with the rights of access to health care in prisons. The participants from the staff trained received a copy of manuals, especially developed on project.

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Learning Action Partnership is looking for opportunities to support children victims of violence

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The third meeting of Learning Action Partnership took place on February 19, 2016 in Sofia. The initiative represents a working group on project of BFPA "The Art to Inform. A network for reducing vulnerability of children for sexual exploitation and abusive practices”.
A team of professionals working on problems in NGO sector and state institutions gathered targeting its efforts for seeking working mechanisms to support vulnerable children and young people. Representatives of supporting the work organization – OAK Foundation, Demetra Association, UNICEF, Association Animus Foundation, Know How Center for Alternative Care for Children, National Network of Children, National Network of Health Mediators, Re-Act Society, Agapedia Foundation, Institute for Social Activities and Practices, a team of BFPA, State Agency for Child Protection and Regional Inspectorate for Education – Sofia took part.

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Mission Possible – second coordinating meeting for medical specialists and mediators

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Stara Zagora, February 12-13 2016Participants

Second meeting with medical specialists and health mediators – this time from Eastern Bulgaria municipalities: Aytos  (Chukarka), Peshtera, Karlovo (Rosino and Hristo Danovo), Kotel (Gradetz), Sliven (Sotirya), Tvarditza (Shivachevo) and Straldja (Muglizh)  took place on 12 and 13 February 2016 in Stara Zagora. These are a part of populated places on recently started project of Bulgarian Association for Family Planning and Sexual Health (BFPA) „Mission possible: Better sexual and reproductive health for young people from vulnerable communities – ways of overcoming health inequalities”.
This, as well last month conducted in Sofia first working meeting with teams by places made clear details of activities on project. Needed obligatory documentation on project, the specific role and obligations of health mediators, terms of implementing were implemented. It was also discussed on possible difficulties of the work with the specific target group.

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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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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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