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Prisons Without Risks – education for professionals on legal topics in Plovdiv

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Plovdiv, October 26-27 2015

The second theme stage in implementing the project “Prisons without risk – a pilot initiative for preventing the spread of blood-transmitted and sexually transmitted infections in three selected Bulgarian prisons” has started. Education for staff on topics, connected with the rights of access to health care and services took place in Plovdiv prison on 26-27 October 2015.
It became clear that the access to health care is not among limited rights of the prisoners and the procedure for treatment of HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C infections is being managed in different way.
The discussion covered wide range of topics connected with juridical definitions and cases from the practice, as well the possibility for changes in legislation concerning healthcare in places of imprisonment. It was also discussed on the thrust in relationships between physicians and patients and personal responsibility of the two sides.
The team implemented the training of two groups: Ivana Murdjeva, lawyer; Ventzislav Kirkov, Daniela Dikova and Ralitza Zgalevska form BFPA; Milen Chavrov from Hope Against AIDS Foundation.


Mission possible

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Sofia, October 1 2015Official ceremony

BFPA is starting work on two new projects, supported by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism (NFM) and the Ministry of Health (MoH). On Sept 30th at the MoH the deputy-health minister Dr. Adam Persenski presented the official documentation to the hospitals, municipalities and NGOs whose projects have been granted financing under the “Initiatives for Public Health” BG 07 Program of the NFM.
The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA)  is the leading partner in the project “Mission possible: Better sexual and reproductive health for young people from vulnerable communities – ways of overcoming healthcare inequalities” which is implemented in partnership with the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) in 14 populated areas in 13 municipalities of 8 regions.
The duration of the project is 8 months – September 2015 – April 2016
The targeted populated areas are Blagoevgrad, Chukarka (Aitos Municipality), Velingrad, Rakitovo, Peshtera, Rozino and Hristo Danovo (Karlovo Municipality), Gradetz (Kotel Municipality), Kaloyanovo and Sotirya (Sliven Municipality), Shivachevo (Tvurditza Municipality), Vakarel (Ihtiman Municipality), Kovachevtzi (Samokov Municipality), Muglizh, Straldzha.


To inform through art and work

ParticipantsOAK logoSamokov, September 20 2015

“Don’t neglect your education”, “Don’t be in a hurry to get married”, “Follow your dreams” – three of the messages which BFPA in cooperation with health mediators and the Samokov Municipality disseminate among the young people within BFPA project “The Art to Inform”, funded by OAK Foundation. The participating children form ppor and vulnerable communities cleared the space for a children’s playground and built the sets – benches, swings and flower pots, and also elaborated their own messages for their peers – “Child fathers are not good fathers”, “Don’t rob your own childhood”, “Childhood is colourful”, “Childhood needs warmth and light” with which they decorated their playground.


Good practices that bring change

Momentum logoTEDx logoSofia, September 16 2015

With a great pleasure and satisfaction we present to you the Executive Director of BFPA, Dr.Radosveta Stamenkova and her TEDx Talk on Roma at this year’s edition of TEDxMLADOSTWOMEN, about the stereotypes and the hope of finding ways of understanding and appreciating each other so we can live together well. And also:
- about the clichés in our minds and the efforts to overcome them
- about the exceptions that change the rules
- about the ability to see people’s lives through their own eyes
- about the good people and the good practices that bring change to the community
- about love and the importance of working with love...


3 in 1 in the Shumen region – training, supervision, and health service provision

TeamVeliki Preslav – Venetz, August 26-28 2015

Veliki Preslav, August 26 2015. A training with Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova from BFPA on hygiene, nutrition and STIs for the teams of Family Counseling Centers (FCS) in Shumen. The last session takes the cake – the presentation of the teams themselves of their interactive sessions on hygiene, nutrition and STIs can make anyone laugh themselves sick. Dear colleagues, you are very good and still improving!
On the next day – August 27th at the newly-opened branch of FCS-Shumen in the village of Venetz, a working meeting took place with the participation of Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova from BFPA, Dilyana Dilkova and Ognyan Kamenov from the Ethnik Minorities’ Health Problems Foundation (EMHPF), Fatme Sali – Dep. mayor of the Venetz municipality, Bedrie Hussein – Director of the Social Support Directorate, Berie Yuzeir – Chief of the Social Support Department of Venetz municipality, Nergis Mehmedova – Chief of the Child Protection Dept – Venetz municipality, Vildan Ali and the team of the FCS – Shumen. During the work meeting the parameters of the joint work of the Venetz municipality and FCS-Shumen, as well as the possibilities for cooperation with BFPA and EMHPF were discussed.


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