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The Learning Action Partnership prepares a conference to Stop Violence and Sexual Exploitation against Children

OAK LogoAttendeesSofia, April 12, 2017

‘Big part of cases of violence are going trough internet or leave digital tracks,’ – shared Emanuil Georgiev from Applied Research and Communications Fund. The Fund if coordinator of the Center for Safe Internet and is one of the members of Learning Action Partnership (LAP).
The meeting of LAP took place on April 12, 2017.  Representatives from National Network for Children, PULSE Foundation, Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA), Risk Monitor Foundation, Know How Center for Alternative Care of New Bulgarian University, GERT Foundation, Applied Research and Communications Fund, Re-Act Association, Agapedia Foundation, UNICEF, Concordia, National Network of Health Mediators, Loveguide online platform and Ministry of Health also participated.

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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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Bulgaria and North Macedonia together to support and develop the Health Mediators program

Blagoevgrad, October 7-9, 2019

Study visit of health mediators, NGO representatives and state institutions from the Republic of North Macedonia took place in October 7-9 in Blagoevgrad. The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) with the support of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) hosted the three days visit and gave an opportunity for the representatives of HERA – Health Education and Research Association, health mediators from Skopje and Prilep and the Ministry of Health of our neighbor country to understand in details how in years was institutionalized and functions the system of health mediation in Bulgaria. Field visit to the Roma neighborhood Predel Mahala was included in the programme and the guests could see how the work of health mediators Antoaneta Eftimova and Katya Kirilova is going on everyday basis – with institutions, as well with people who need and receive their support.

 
Romeo and Juliet from Kosharnik district

Montana, September 12, 2019

The Shakespeare and Servantes tour around the Roma neighborhoods of Bulgaria went to the Kosharnik district of Montana. Talented and enthusiastic local children, selected by the Roma actress Natalia Tzekova presented fragments of the drama “Romeo and Juliet” from a newer angle and with adequate health messages. The aim of the social theatre is with the means of art to inform the public in a comprehensible manner about the harm of early marriages and early school drop outs, the benefits of contraception, the importance of prevention of sexually transmitted infections. The messages target young people as well as their parents, some of which joined the scenes to demonstrate their support for what their children are saying. With his monologue about the Roma Don Quixote Valeri Lekov, also part of the production team, explained some of the community specificities. Between the sketches there were “real life” scenes – a woman from the community visits a doctor who explains the benefits of contraception and debunks some “fake news” about contraceptive methods – all this with a lot of humour and highly appreciated by the audience.

 
BFPA kicks off a new two-year project “I Want to Know”

Sofia, August 23, 2019

With an official green light on August 23, as of Sep 1st BFPA starts activities on a new project – “I WANT TO KNOW – User friendly access to HIV and STI counseling and testing for Roma youth from vulnerable communities”, supported by ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action Programme via CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) UK. The project’s duration is 2 years, during which BFPA will provide voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) with a focus on young Roma men (but not excluding women as well) from poor and marginalized districts through its coordinators in the five BFPA branches in Bulgaria - Pleven, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Russe and Sofia. Activities will begin with a kick-off meeting and VCT training for the service providers, in parallel with informing and awareness raising by elaboration of info materials, disseminated in the targeted communities by one of the closest and dearest BFPA partners – Health Mediators.

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