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Introductory training on how to work in multi-ethnic environment in the project for access to health services for groups at risk in five districts of Sofia

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DiscussionSofia, June 1-2 2016

Intensive and extremely well visited workshop with medical specialists and field workers, who will be implementing the activities on the project of First Specialized Ob/Gyn Hospital for Active Treatment ‘St. Sofia’ ‘Access to health services for pregnant women, young mothers and children up to 3 years old from groups at risk’ in partnership with the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association  (BFPA) took place at June 1-2, 2016 in Sofia. The entire project teams from the five project sites – Fakulteta, Filipovzi, Hristo Botev, Orlandovzi and Malashevzi participated in the training and thus  the number of participants were more than 40 people. 
Project activities, roles and responsibilities of the team members, working formats by activities, opportunities for interaction between the different experts and consultants on the project were discussed.

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Health educational campaign of Durex supported by BFPA marked the end of the scholar year across the country

SofiaBulgaria,  May 9-June 24 2016

Durex started its campaign on healthcare in seven Bulgarian cities on May 9, 2016. BFPA is participating through its volunteers Ralitsa Hristova and Nedko Geshev in Sofia and the coordinator of its branch in Pleven Dr. Krasimir Romanov, as well aas with other local volunteers who are conducting interactive educational sessions for young people aged 14-16. The topics connected with changes during the puberty, reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, unwanted pregnancy, methods of contraception and not last – the romantic side of the intimate relationships, are provoking a vivid interest, curiosity and numerous questions among pupils.
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Who and Why Needs Health Education?

ParticipantsSofia, April 28 2016

The team of BFPA and Nikoleta Popkostadinova, founder of the platform for sexuality education of teenagers on website loveguide.bg http://loveguide.bg/ got together with a group of young people at 28 April 2016 and had breakfast in Betahaus. The mutual idea on the importance of the need young people in Bulgaria to have access to a contemporary interactive, adequate and youth friendly information with the help of which to be able to take the right decisions connected with their sexual health.
The topics we discussed on are connected not only with Moundy Thursday, the different beliefs, traditions, religions around the world, personal beliefs ..., Chekhov, but also with the common sense.

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Official launch of the project “Access to health services for pregnant women, young mothers and children up to 3 yrs old from groups at risk” to media

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Sofia, April 25 2016

At a press-conference at the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA) the project “Access to health services for pregnant women, young mothers and children up to 3 yrs old from groups at risk” was presented to media. It is implemented by 1st Specialized Ob/Gyn Hospital for Active Treatment (SOGHAT) “St. Sofia” in partnership with the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) and funded by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism of EEA.
Dr. Ivan Dikov, head of the Counseling and Diagnostics department at “St. Sofia”, explained the health aspects of the project – from accepting patients in a specially renovated ward, to home visits for new mothers and field work. Besides the medical aspects, Dr. Dikov emphasized on the need of a lot of educational work not only with groups at risk which are the main focus of the activities but also with wider patient auditorium form the Western part of Sofia. 

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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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„Condom with a Cause” with a Video to Support Health

Sofia, April 11, 2018

The campaign for responsible sexual behavior of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) and Sexwell condoms “Condom with a Cause” (in BG) continues fundraising for buying quick tests, testing and counseling people in need. The launch of a video aiming to attract and engage more people to support the cause took place on April 11, 2018.
The only way to prevent ourselves from sexual transmitted infections and to save our reproductive system is to have responsible sexual behavior.  

                                                         
 
BFPA in the training team at the NCCTHB Volunteer Academy 2018

Arbanasi, March 26-28, 2018

From March 26 to 28 in the village of Arbanasi, Veliko Turnovo region, took place the annual Volunteer Academy organized by the National Commission for Combattling Trafficking in Human Beings together with the Hanns Seidel Foundation  and the Local Commission for Combattling Trafficking in Human Beings – Veliko Turnovo. This year special focus in the academy agenda is given to the prevention of trafficking for labor exploitation. The training brought together 52 young volunteers that work with the Local Commissions in Burgas, Blagoevgrad, Varna, Veliko Turnovo, Montana, Pazardjik, Pleven, Plovdiv and Sliven – some have not received training yet, some have been trained and themselves have implemented peer-to-peer trainings, and some are youngsters from vulnerable communities who were part of the focus groups formed during the labor trafficking prevention campaign.

 
Development Cooperation in Times of Changing Paradigms

Sofia, March 21-22, 2018

The Regional Conference "Development Cooperation in Times of Changing Paradigms" organized by the Bulgarian Platform for International Development (BPID) took place on 21-22 March 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria and brought together over 100 representatives of CSOs, institutions, UN agencies and business from the Western Balkans and the Black sea region. The conference organizers were also hosting the meeting of Hub2 of CONCORD – the European network of National Platforms and networks active in the field of development policies. BFPA is one of the most active organizations of the Platform, a founding member and a moderator of the health group that attracted to the Conference its valuable partners frоm the Western Balkans.

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