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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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Mission Possible – Better Health for People from Vulnerable Communities

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Sofia, December 1 2015Presentation

Introducing meeting with representatives by place on the starting project of (BFPA) „Mission possible: Better sexual and reproductive health for young people from vulnerable communities – ways of overcoming healthcare inequalities” took place on December 1, 2015 in Sofia. The activities on the initiative will be implementing up to February 2017 in partnership with the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) in 14 places of 13 municipalities from 8 areas in the country. The locations are not selected randomly, but based on strict criteria - all 14 are in top 20 list of marginalization, based on a survey conducted by MLSP. The project is financed by the on Programme BG 07 “Initiatives for Public Health” of Norway Financial Mechanism trough Ministry of Health.

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Workshop on Strategic Development

ParticipantsBlagoevgrad, November 26-28 2015

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) conducted workshop on strategic framework development from 26 to 28 November 2015 in Blagoevgrad. Review of the vision, mission and values of the organization was done, strategic drivers for our work in the coming five years were developed. In the defining of the future outcomes and outputs and in the developing the implementation strategies took participation the team of BFPA from Sofia and the country branches, members of the Management board, young people, volunteers and stakeholders.

The work was facilitated by Nathaly Bollen from IPPF EN, whose member is BFPA, and Barbara Street, a volunteer of UK FPA. A political mapping analysis was conducted and presented by the BFPA consultant Assen Blagoev.
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Learning action partnership for prevention of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse towards children in institutions

OAK LogoAttendeesSofia, November 20 2015

Representatives of NGOs and government institutions gathered at a working meeting on topics concerning prevention of sexual violence and sexual abuse against children in institutions. The event took place in Sofia on November 20th 2015 and gave an opportunity for several different organizations, supported in their work by the OAK Foundation, to present the results from their research on the problems. Prof. Maya Grekova presented a summary of the research from the first half of this year, done under the Bulgarian Family Planning Association’s (BFPA)  “The Art to Inform. A network for reducing vulnerability of children for sexual exploitation and abusive practices” project. Results from their own studies on those topics were presented also by the “Demetra” Association (from 2014) and the Social Activities and Practice Institute (from 2010).
During the follow-up debate on the forms of violence and sexual abuse the participants in the meeting sought possible solutions to those problems. Subject of discussion were the multilayer influence on the attitude of the victims and their behaviour afterwards, the sense of insecurity which they encounter – within themselves as well as from the environment.

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New Interactive Game of BFPA

Sofia, July-August 2017

What is menstruation, how to recognize Gonorrhea, why it is important to go to the doctor when infection is suspected, what are the changes during the puberty for girls and for boys, is masturbation dangerous, how do the IUD works... These and other questions can answer the teenagers who are keen to gain knowledge on sexuality and reproductive health. There is already access at our internet page to the new funny-educational game of Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) - ‘Play and Learn’.

 
Peer educators from BFPA represented Bulgaria on a conference organized by EU institutions

Brussels, June 27-29, 2017

Ellie Svetoslavova and Maggie Vasilovska, two of the peer educators of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA), represented our country in the institutions of the European Union in Brussels, where EU Fundamental Right Agency (FRA) together with the Maltese Presidency of the EU and the nongovernmental organization Eurochild presented the FRA’s Annual Report 2017.
17 children and young people from different European countries participated in the meeting, discussing and questioning topics such as child poverty, social exclusion, migration and child and youth participation. Along with them, as their mentor and supporting person, was Dr. Krasimir Romanov – the coordinator of the BFPA’s branch in Pleven.
For the first time children from 9 different countries had the opportunity to participate in that kind of event and to meet and discuss together with MEPs, ministers from different national governments, ombudsmen, members of European Council and international institutions for human rights.

 
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.

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