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Ninth National meeting of the NNHM

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PanelSofia, November 10-11 2015

On Nov 10 and 11 in Sofia took place the 9th National meeting on the “Initiative for health and vaccinations” project. It is implemented by the National Network of Health Mediators with the support of government institutions, patients’ organizations and NGOs. As representatives of a partner NGO, in the event participated Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, Executive Director, and Ventzislav Kirkov, Programme Manager of BFPA.
Health mediation has had a sustainable growth during the years – from 105 health mediators in 2010, their number has reached 170 in 2015. Next year 25 new mediators will be joining them, and will begin working after receiving a certificate for successfully passing a course at the Sofia Medical University.

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Sustainable development goals post-2015 and the young people

PanelSofia, October 29 2015

A round table on “Sustainable development goals post-2015 and the young people” was organized by the Smart Foundation in cooperation with The National Center of Public Health and Analyses (NCPHA), the Youth Network for Development Foundation, Y-Peer Bulgaria and YouAct. Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry otf Youth and Sports, representatives of civil organizations and young activists were also present at the event. On behalf of BFPA Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, Executice Director, took part as a moderator, as well as Ralitza Zgalevska, project coordinator.
During the meeting were presented the UN Development programme and the new sustainable development goals, which replaced the Millenium development goals. The new programme is considered to be more holistic and based on the three pillars of the sustainable development concept – economic, social and ecological, as the 17 global sustainable development goals are aimed at the following perspectives:

- To eradicate poverty
- To tackle inequalities and injustice
- To manage climate change

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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.

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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.

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To inform through art and work

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“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.

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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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