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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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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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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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              

             

 

 

 
Training of Trainers on Health Education

Sofia, May 18-19, 2018

The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) conducted on May 18-19, 2018 the first for this year training of trainers on health and sexuality education „About the Shared Knowledge”. High school students from 8th to 11th grade from Sofia, Pleven, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Troyan and Gorna Oryahovitza were introduced to topics connected with prevention of reproductive health and effective ways for delivering health messages to their peers.
The participants were from schools with different profile – entrepreneurship, math, natural science, informatics, humanities…,  and what united them was the expectation to gain new knowledge and make new friends. „How can one understand that he/she is suffering from Syphilis?”, „Which of the sources of information are credible?” and „Is it possible an person living with HIV to have life expectancy as long as an uninfected one?” – were  some of the questions during the sessions.

 
BFPA presents its newest edition: a leaflet on Fake news

Sofia, May 17 2018

A new edition with relevant information to recognize fake news was published by the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA). Author of the text is the journalist Polina Paunova and of the drawings – the artist Kremena Koeva. The leaflet has a focus to health, but treats fake news and disinformation as a whole. It is targeting young people, but is useful and appropriate for all age groups.
„Fake News draw attention. They are scandalous. Shocking. Spicy. They are often about sex. Or about money. Or about death. Or about the three of the above together. Fake news are “grandiose”, “shocking” and reveal “a secret”. They are presented in a way that make you feel lost or shake your understanding of the world, on politics, medicine, authorities and celebrities.
... they discredit people, sometimes even entire countries. They do not have authors, but use names. They do not use factology, but simulate authenticity…“

You can find here the whole text (in BG)

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