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BFPA is a partner of TEDxMladostWomen 2016

PresentationLogoSofia, October 29 2016

On October 29th 2016 in the DNA space of the National Palace of Culture, TEDxMladostWomen 2016 took place. The topic is Time and this year BFPA is a partner to the event. Last year one of the lecturers was Dr Rada Stamenkova from BFPA, this year – one of the BFPA volunteers – Dimitrinka Borisova with a story of the (im)possible integration and the power of education. Memorable moments – the opera singer Mila Mihova as an event moderator, Mirolyuba Benatova telling about her developing career and the family that has not happened yet, Martina Vachkova about age and the actor’s walk of life. Powerful and electrifying moments. Decorated with the “Reverse your vision” exhibition, leading to the event hall.
TEDxMladostWomen is a part of the TEDWomen Global Initiative, dedicated to the power of women to be creators and driving force for change. The presentations were about Time, women’s place in it and how they pass through it.

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Learning Action Partnership (LAP) and LEAR experts together against violence and sexual exploitation of children

OAK LogoPanelSofia, September 20, 2016

„There is no other way to explain to ordinary people how the things are, but via personal stories. That is the only way we can show the society that the system is NOT working,” shared Ljuben Georgiev from Re-Act Society at the joint meeting of the Learning Action Partnership (LAP) and the consultative group on project of PULSE Foundation, which took place on September 20, 2016 in “Peroto” club of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia.

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Mission Possible: Active Work of BFPA and NNHM during the summer

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ChukarkaAcross the country, July – August 2016

Teams of Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) and National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) actively worked during the summer months in different locations of the country. Joint activities of both organizations, in the frame of the project „Mission Possible”, aim to reduce health inequalities and to improve sexual and reproductive health of young people from vulnerable communities.
Maglizh, Rakitovo, Chukarka, Sotirya, Rozino, Hristo Danovo, Gradetz, Velingrad, Ihtiman, Peshtera, Rakitovo, Straldja, Kovachevtsi, Shivachevo and Blagoevgrad are the places where in the period May – September 2016 trainings, presentations, discussions and informational events on  topics connected with prevention on sexual transmitted and other infections, different methods of contraception, specifics during puberty, early marriages, drug and other addictions, hygiene were implemented. In parallel medical teams by locations are doing examinations, counseling and testing on STIs.

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The project “Affordable access to healthcare” is speeding up

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FakultetaSofia, July-August 2016

Educational sessions on care for children up to 3 yrs old, health consultations, parental counseling – just a part of the activities implemented by the teams from BFPA and  FSOGHAT “Sv. Sofia” in the boroughs of Hristo Botev, Fakulteta, Malashevci, Orlandovci and Filipovci under the project “Access to health services for pregnant women, young mothers and children up to 3 yrs old from groups at risk”. The teams are made up from BFPA experts, Ob/Gyn specialists, general practitioners, midwives, nurses, fieldwork experts. Up to the moment, in the chitalishte in Hristo Botev two educational sessions have been conducted with 30 attending women, in Fakulteta – during public meetings and home visits – more than a 100 women have attended the informational sessions, in Mlashevci and Orlandovci – around 30 altogether. Activities are being implemented in Filipovci, their reach is to be extended towards Zaharna fabrika and Bakurena fabrika where communities with difficult access to healthcare are also present. The topics of the educational sessions include breastfeeding, hygiene, childcare, care for the pregnant mother and the baby, thalassemia, healthcare specificities, prophylactics.

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Protection and Support for children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy of BFPA Approved by KCS

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The Policy of BFPA for Protection and Support of Children, Young People nd Vulnerable Adults Approved by Keeping Children Safe (KCS).

BFPA went through procedure of revising and improving its internal organizational policies on child protection according to the international standards of KCS and Six Principles of OAK Foundation in the period April – July 2016. In such way we once again show our engagement concerning safety and security of the children, young people and vulnerable adults with and for whom we work.

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The benefits of having a young intern for a week

Sofia, October 1-5, 2018

During the week from October 1st to October 5th Lina Fadl, a 15 year old schoolgirl from the Victor Hugo French Lycee in Sofia took her internship with us at BFPA’s Sofia office. In the photo Lina is with her back to the camera, since she doesn’t like to be photographed, but her Biology teacher, who visited us to see how things are happening, can be seen well. It was a great joy for our team to be reinforced by someone with a fresh outlook and thinking. As always in such cases, the benefits were mutual – Lina learned from us how is functioning of a non-government organization, how to elaborate project proposals,  how to budget and report them, how to go on when your project proposal isn’t approved, why a Pap-smear is important, why besides HIV testing, counseling and support for people coming in for VCT is especially important, how and why to use educational playing cards, which other organizations are working in the field of education and healthcare, what socially responsible business means, and much more.

 
BFPA and LIDL for a better life. The Challenges of Growing up

Sofia, October 3, 2018

The ceremony of handing over of certificates in the frame of the second edition of the corporative programme of  LIDL ‘You and LIDL for a Better Life’ took place on October 3, 2018 in Betahouse. New selection of organizations with ideas of four areas, among which active life and education, got their certificates. The social responsibility initiative of the company is implementing together with Foundation for Developing Civil Initiatives and Bulgarian Donation Forum.
The project “The Challenges of Growing up”of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) is focusing its work on the importance of understanding and supporting the young people from parents during the time of their maturation. Developing of short video on puberty and its launching in the towns Sofia, Stara Zagora, Pleven, Ruse and Plovdiv, as well among vulnerable communities in the whole country – are main directions in the work around the idea.

 
BFPA supports BRCY Summer Academy “Back to the future”

Kamchia, September 2-9, 2018

For a second consecutive year BFPA supports Bulgarian Red Cross Youth (BRCY) Summer Academy. This year’s Academy motto is inspired by the iconic film “Back to the future”.  Young people from all over the country – BYRC volunteers, representatives of the Red Cross organizations from other European countries, trainers from partner organizations in 8 large modules gathered in Kamchia from September 2nd to 9th.  Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, BFPA’s Executive Director, Petar Tzintzarski, MoH consultant and BFPA Board member and Stanimir Boyadjiev, BRCY President, were mentors for the “Prevention of risky sexual behavior, HIV and STI” module. The peer educators, motivated young people from all across the country, besides receiving information and acquiring interactive teaching skills for the topics from the module, had the ambitious goal to revise the handbook, created “far back in 2002” as they say, and since then has been used by all BRCY peer educators. The week was full of good vibes, enthusiasm, competence and dedication. This brings hope for the future and additional motivation.  #Brcyacademy

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