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Final meeting on project Prisons Without Risks

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Sofia, April 12 2016Panel

The activities on project of BFPA ‘Prisons without risk – a pilot initiative for preventing the spread of blood-transmitted and sexually transmitted infections in three selected Bulgarian prisons’ are implemented.
The final meeting gathered representatives of Embassy of Norway and Ministry of Justice, GDES, prisons in Sliven and Sofia, NGO sector and the whole team implemented the activities, took place at April 12, 2016 in Sofia. From its starting in April 2015 in the frame of a year 395 persons from the two target groups in the prisons in Plovdiv, Stara Zagora and Sliven were trained (150 foreseen). When training on health and legal topics the team used different approaches to work including presentations, case studies, discussions, tests, feedback. Testing and counseling on HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C was provided during every of the visits in the three places. 250 people to test and counsel were foreseen, 309 done in the frame of the project.

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Prisons without Risk – trainings on legal topics for inmates in the prison in Plovdiv

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TeamPlovdiv, 1 April 2016

The last trainings on 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 on April 1, 2016 in Plovdiv. A team of BFPA worked with two groups inmates on topics connected with the rights of access to health care and services. A short revision of main knowledge connected with the specificity and prevention of blood transmitted and sexually transmitted infections given in a previous training was done. The groups worked on cases in which participants had to think on and recon if and to what a degree in defined situations there is a risk of new infecting, as well what is the right to access of the affected to health care. The specificity of the procedure of treatment of HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C was explained.

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Training of health mediators - class of 2016

Group photoSofia, March 21 2016

On March 21 2016, at the “Tzaritza Yoanna- ISUL” hospital in Sofia was the official opening of the training for the class of 2016 health mediators. In Bulgaria the network of health mediators continues to expand and this year 53 more people will be trained by professors from the Public Health Faculty of Medical University (MU)-Sofia, medical specialists and experts form NNHM, BFPA and EMHPF. The trainees are with 26 more compared to 2015.
For a fifth consecutive year the training is organized by the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) in partnership with the Public Health Faculty of MU- Sofia. DR. Radosveta Stamenkova and Ventzislav Kirkov from BFPA are an essential part of the training team and the focus of their sessions is on reproductive health, STI and other important aspects of health prevention.
The new additions to the health mediator network were selected by competitions in the respective municipalities. The main selection criteria were at least high school education, being originally from the community, good knowledge of and empathy for the problems of the community, fluency in the language/s/ of the community.

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BFPA Presented Good Practices at Event of GERT

PanelSofia, 18-19 March 2016

Gender Education, Research and Technologies Foundation (GERT) implemented at 18-19 March 2016 a final conference on its project Bullying Prevention in School Environment.
The developed programme initiative is to work on prevention of violence helping to recognize the problem and to increase the capacity of parents, teachers and young people to cope with unwanted fears and consequences.
Representatives of Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association – the projects coordinator Ralitsa Zgalevska and the young volunteer and member of the Management Board Nedko Geshev presented at the event good practices from the activity of the organization: mechanisms for working and methods for learning, connected with prevention of violence and sexual harassment.
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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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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.
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