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Results and Sustainability on Mission Possible

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 ParticipantsSofia, March 9-10, 2017

Representatives of municipalities and health mediators from Sliven, Tvarditza, Shivachevo, Peshtera, Blagoevgrad, Samokov, Kovachevzi, Rozino and Hristo Danovo, Rakitovo, as well as the expert team of BFPA and NNHM, working on the ‘Mission Possible’ project, gathered at a working meeting looking for sustainability for activities after finishing the project. The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) is implementing this project in partnership with National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) on BG07 ‘Initiatives for Public Health’ programme of the Norvegian Financial mechanism via the Bulgarian Ministry of Health in 14 locations with extremely marginalized vulnerable communities.
Participants shared about difficulties and good practices of their work by places.

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Training of Peer Educators under the Mission Possible project

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ParticipantsSliven, March 1-4, 2017

Training of peer educators on health and sexuality education under the project ‘Mission Possible’ was implemented by the team of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association in the very beginning of March 2017 in Sliven. Young people from Roma communities from the project locations were introduced to topics as puberty, hygiene, female and male reproductive systems, sexually transmitted infections, methods of contraception, prevention of trafficking of human beings, as well as interactive techniques of teaching health related topics.
During the trainng BFPA officially launched the short animation film „Family Planning: the IUD” also part of the project ‘Mission Possible: better sexual and reproductive health for young people from vulnerable groups – ways of overcoming health inequalities’.

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Project of BFPA and ‘St. Sofia’ Hospital - final meeting

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Sofia, February 23-24, 2017Results summary

The final meeting on project ‘Access to health services for pregnant women, young mothers and children up to 3 years old from groups at risk’, implemented by Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) in partnership with First Specialized Ob/Gyn Hospital for Active Treatment ‘St. Sofia’ took place on February 23-24, 2017.
The initiative provided measures and activities to improve the access and the quality of health services as well to improve maternal and child (0-3 year old) among representatives of vulnerable groups and roma population in Sofia Municipality.
Information on access to different health and social services, as well health services for pregnant women and mothers of children up to 3-years were provided in the frame of more than 5380 individual consultations. 2500 tests for genetic carriers of Thalassemia covering women in early pregnancy, children up to 1 year and their parents were made.

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Love responsibly!

Fortune slipsSofia, Stara Zagora, Russe, February 14, 2017

‘Love Responsibly!’ is a fortune slips campaign of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) around St. Valentine’s Day. You can have coffee and take your lucky health messages in several places in Sofia, Stara Zagora and Ruse. ‘Sometimes it is not you that is wrong. But you are wrong when you do not love responsibly’ is the sentence that makes everyone thinking on his/her behavior and on the importance of taking care of our reproductive health. Additionally to the traditional wishes for happiness and love, the messages from the pink small pieces of paper show short messages and facts – important for our health, which sometimes we don’t know, sometimes we know but ignore or we rarely think on.
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About the Shared Knowledge – Peer to Peer Training, part two

OAK LogoGroup photoSofia, February 10-11, 2017

Ivan from Plovdiv: ‘I received answers to many questions I had before our first training. Now I hope to learn more new useful things.’
The second part of the peer to peer training of trainers of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) and Loveguide took place on 10 and 11 February 2017 in Sofia. Highly motivated pupils from Sofia, Pleven, Ruse, Vratza, Yambol, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora and Pernik got together again, willing to acquire new knowledge on topics that are important for the wellbeing in everyone’s life. This time the presentations and exercises were on interactive techniques, team building, gender, trafficking for sexual and labor exploitation, violence in intimate relationships, and critical and analytical approach towards media and other sources of information.
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Second training of the peer educators from Sofia Academy for health education

Petrohan, April 12-14, 2019

In the three days between April 12 and 14 took place the second module of the preparation of peer educators from the Health and Sexuality Education Youth Academy, realized with the support of the PIST directorate of Sofia Municipality. The focus of the second stage of education was upon elaboration of communication skills, teambuilding and team work, acquiring of knowledge about the prevention of trafficking of human beings, knowledge of hygiene as a starting point to peer education, adopting healthy eating habits and preventing eating disorders, work with vulnerable groups. In addition to health knowledge, the future peer educators acquired also social and personal ones – how to define one’s personal space – useful when working with young people with disabilities, and how to plan their own free time.

 
The health mediators from Montana, Zaichar and Pirot share their experience

Zaechar – Pirot, March 20-21, 2019 

On March 20th and 21st 2019 the health mediators from Montana participated in working meetings with their colleagues in Zaichar and Pirot. The meetings are organized by BFPA and  take place within the final phase of the ZOV (HEA) programme (Health and Education for All), supported by the Bulgarian – Swiss Cooperation Programme. Besides the members of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) from Montana, in the study trip were included health specialists working with vulnerable communities in the field, representatives of the Regional Health Inspectorate and of the local municipality. Their colleagues were expecting them in Serbia: representatives of local authorities, local NGOs in Zaichar and Pirot, health specialists, volunteers from the vulnerable local communities.
The key topics on which Bulgarian and Serbian colleagues worked together were exchange of ideas, presenting good practices related to improving the access to health services, education and social services for marginalized groups. The health mediators from Montana were selected to share their experience due to the good results they achieved in their work on the ZOV Programme.

 
First field activities under the Project “My Body, My Rights”

Sofia, Montana, Yambol, February 18-28, 2019

 Partners in the project ‘My Body, my Rights’ (2018–2021) gathered in Sofia on February 25 and 26, 2019 to exchange experience and information. The initiative for health care, information and services for vulnerable people from marginalized families is implemented in Sofia, Yambol and Montana. The meeting gathered the team of BFPA, local project coordinators and health mediators form the three locations, as well as municipalities representatives.
So far, the project team conducted 24 focus groups in the three project locations Montana, Sofia and Yambol - 6 in each one. Participants in the focus groups were girls and boys aged 12-15, 16-25 and over 25 years old. The aim is to explore the attitudes of young people in the communities (especially marginalized groups) towards the family planning services offered and whether they can take independent decisions about their reproductive health.

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