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Learning Action Partnership got first LAP members generated proposals to support

OAK LogoSofia, June 3 2016Printed materials

Four proposals for pilot realization as part of the project “The art to inform” implemented by BFPA and supported by the OAK foundation were presented at the consecutive meeting of Learning Action Partnership (LAP), which took place on June 2, 2016 in Sofia. The idea for a common platform for exchanging ideas and good practices connected with the prevention of violence and exploitation, including sexual, of children and young people and oriented to direct work to improve the administrative system is alive and is developing.

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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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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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