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Ambassador for a Day 2021 Campaign has begun

Event promoSofia, January 5, 2021

Ambassador for a Day 2021 has begun! For the fourth consecutive year, this competition will give girls across Bulgaria, аged 14-18, the chance to experience what it is like to be an ‘Ambassador for a Day’.
This year, the theme is ‘Resilience, Recovery & Rebuilding’ and, in order to participate, girls need to submit their essay by 21 January 2021.

To enter the competition, girls have to submit essay and fill out application form in Bulgarian or English: www.ambassadorforaday.com
The Ambassador for a Day Campaign is a leading event of the British embassy in Sofia. Started in 2018 with the idea to celebrate International Women’s day with a positive action, the initiative became one of the mostly recognized and widely supported campaigns. The concept is developing through the years. In its essence Ambassador for a Day is a national essay contest for girls in the age group 14-18 (8th to 11th grade).

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The Valya Krushkina - Journalism for the people Awards 2020 was presented for the ninth time

WinnersSofia, December 18, 2020
 
As always, in December it is time for the winners of the "Valya Krushkina - Journalism for the people" competition to be awarded. BFPA has supported the initiative since its inception. This has been happening for nine consecutive years, but for the first time not live - the Covid pandemic affected this significant event for the media and public environment. There are 4 categories - electronic media, writing journalist, filming journalist and journalist-hope. In addition, there is The Big Prize. The jury consists of seven members, all well-known names from various leading media in Bulgaria. The winners were chosen from 106 submitted materials. We all hope that next year the tenth anniversary edition of the competition will be live, and that we will put an end to the pandemic. For the first time we will mention who supported the event for the modest prize fund with the clear awareness that in these conditions there are not doing it for strong publicity, but only to support the cause - Bulgarian Society for Public Relations (BDVO), L'Occitane en Provence and Salon Olfactive.
Indeed, this year the competition faced a number of challenges due to the epidemic situation in the country, which was the reason for the official award ceremony to be canceled. However, this did not prevent nominations and winners from being announced, albeit in a slightly more unconventional format. All nominated materials were sent to the seven-member jury. These are journalists with proven experience and reputation in the field, namely:
1. Maria Cherneva, BNT
2. Rosen Tsvetkov, bTV
3. Silvia Velikova, BNR
4. Nikolina Dimitrova, Bulgaria ON AIR
5. Vladimir Yonchev, OFF News
6. Stoyana Georgieva, Mediapool
7. Petyo Tsekov, Sega newspaper

They gave their assessments and chose the journalistic materials that this year deserves to be awarded with the emblematic statuette - a glass Pear - a symbol of the awards, as well as to receive a diploma. Here are the winners by category:
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Start of a national campaign "Trafficking pregnant women to sell their newborns is a crime!"

Video thumbnailBulgaria, November 16, 2020

The National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and the 10 Local Commissions in the country have launched a campaign to prevent trafficking in pregnant women in order to sell their newborn children. The campaign is run under the title "Trafficking pregnant women to sell their newborns is a crime!" and is implemented on the initiative and project of the Local Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in Burgas, Association "Equilibrium" and the Municipality of Burgas.
Unfortunately, this form of trafficking is specific to the Bulgarian context, and according to the official data of the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, involvement in this type of trafficking is a very common form of crime in our country. The sale of babies from poor and especially socially isolated communities in Bulgaria is an increasingly used criminal way to tackle poverty. Through well-organized criminal groups and manipulators, young girls and women, mostly living in extreme poverty and illiteracy, give birth and sell their newborn children abroad.

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Support the health mediators in the special edition of The Change 2020

PosterSofia, November 1, 2020

From November 1 onward everyone can support the Association "National Network of Health Mediators" (NNHM) and make them stronger in their activities.
Support the NNHM project in the special edition of “The Change”. This is the largest socially responsible initiative of Reach for Change Bulgaria in partnership with Nova Broadcasting Group. In 2020, the competition is dedicated to the children most severely affected by COVID-19 with the financial support of ING, Aurubis Bulgaria and NN Bulgaria.
In the context of the Corona virus pandemic, health mediators are at the forefront of their communities to inform, support and assist them. In this situation, young people are among the most severely affected. They limit their social contacts and face-to-face education in schools. Many of them wonder why there is a need for emergency epidemic measures and restrictions against something they do not recognize as a real threat.

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Health mediators are a part of Reach for Change and NOVA TV’s initiative THE CHANGE

Initiative logoSofia, September 18, 2020

It is a great joy for BFPA that one of its most valuable partners – The National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) was selected among the first three organizations – finalists in the initiative THE CHANGE, who will receive full financing of 17000 BGN. This is the largest socially responsible initiative of the Swedish organization Reach for Change in cooperation with Nova Broadcasting Group. In 2020 the competition was dedicated to children and youth most heavily affected by COVID-19. The initiative was made possible with the financial support of ING, Aurubis Bulgaria and NN Bulgaria.
The final line up was announced on September 18, 2020 in the central news on Nova Television. The two other Non-Governmental organizations that will receive full funding are Centre Amalipe and the Give a Book Foundation. The sum of 4000 BGN will be given to Future for the Children Association and Association First of June to support them in their activities.

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BFPA participated in the Annual General Meeting of the National Network for Children

Group photoPamporovo, August 28-30, 2020

Annual Meeting and General Assembly of the National Network for Children (NNC) took place on August 28-30, 2020 in Pamporovo. Ralitsa Zgalevska, Assoc.Prof. Boryana Parashkevova and the young volunteer Maria Simeonova form Stara Zagora represented BFPA at the meeting. In the frame of the thematic working group ‘Education’ Ralitza Zgalevska presented ‘ToT for  peer education’ in the field of health and sexuality education as a successful model and good practice for working with young people.
‘One of the most harmful and dangerous thoughts is: “everyone does like that’, young people quoted Tolstoy during the one of the topic panels, after that appealed: ‘Let us be brave enough to try to change things which we do not like!’
The biggest coalition of organizations working in children and families benefit conducted its Annual meeting for 15th  time in a row with participation of 150 supporters, civic activists and organizations, public figures, representatives of institutions and experts from the country who dedicated their work to care for children in the area of healthcare, education, legislation and social services.

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The Health Mediators Policy - officially published in the State Gazette

ParliamentSofia, August 25, 2020

"Today in the State Gazette the Health Mediators Policy was published by the Ministry of Health. We have come a long and difficult way to this day. Health mediators are already regulated in the Health Law and this Policy. Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this happen. The mission is possible! ” wrote Prof. Ivaylo Tarnev, member of the Management Board of the National Network of Health Mediators (NMHM). BFPA is one of the three organizations, together with EMHPF and OSI, which laid the foundations of health mediation in Bulgaria, as we have been supporting the process for almost 20 years, training mediators and working together in the field in various projects. Representatives of our organization were part of the working group at the Ministry of Health to create the Policy”
The Health Mediators Policy is a by-law arising from the renewed Health Act, where health mediators are officially mentioned. It affirms this profession and guarantees the principles of professionalism in their selection, training and overall work. The adoption of the policy creates conditions for sustainable development of the profession for the benefit of the communities and the whole society, as well as a barrier to the unprincipled appointments and arbitrary dismissals of mediators in the municipalities. It defines their tasks as supporting the activities of municipalities in implementing policies in the field of health prevention among the population and doctors in and on the occasion of the provided medical care.

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Covid-19 pandemic – analyzed and explained
Sofia, January 7, 2021
 
Online meeting with Prof. Radka Argirova, MD, leading virologist with prominent scientific and practical experience was held on January 7th, 2021. The meeting provoked interest and attracted attention of more than 80 people from all regions of the country – among them were representatives of Learning Action Partnership (LAP), BFPA staff and Management bard, NGOs, institutions, medical doctors and health mediators. The topic of the event was ‘ SARS-CoV-2 – About the Virus, Specific Diagnostics and Vaccines’ . During the more than two hours and a half lasted forum was presented a lecture including information about arising epidemics and pandemics, mechanisms of occurrence and evolution of viruses; main generally accepted facts, diagnosis and development of Covid 19. Review of the types of tests for Covid 19 was made, qualities of antigen test and types of PCR tests were discussed, as special attention was drawn to cases with false negative results, asymptomatic patients, and symptomatic patients with negative results. Special attention was also given to the different vaccines elaborated to combat the virus. Participants took the opportunity to ask additional questions after the lecture. You can listren to them in Bulgarian here
 
Outwitting the pandemic - in search of digital applications for health education and information

Sofia, Montana, Yambol, December 2020

Despite the restrictions imposed by the measures against Covid 19, in recent months the planned activities in the second year of the project "My body, my rights", supported by the socially responsible business program "MSD for mothers", continue in three locations - Sofia, Montana and Yambol. The coordinators of the project by places - Fakulteta district in Sofia - Valentin Blagoev, Kosharnik quarter and Ogosta quarter in Montana - Petar Tsvetanov and the whole Tundzha municipality in Yambol (the villages of Veselinovo, Kukorevo, Tenevo, Zavoy) - Kina Assenova, hold meetings of self-help groups - though in  more limited numbers due to precautionary measures, conduct training events for young people - outdoors, through specialized stands for distribution of printed materials for the project itself and for the SRH in general, and most importantly - support marginalized members of communities with hygiene materials, essential goods and medicines and specialized information for prevention from Covid, along with the usual topics - prevention of unwanted pregnancy, prevention of STIs, maternal and child health and many others, through selfless and exhausting walking from the neck of door due to the impossibility to organize large information sessions.

 
Break the Silence: Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Violence of Children Could Happen Everywhere

Sofia, November 18, 2020

Break the Silence: November 18 is the European Day on protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual violence.
The first thing that comes to mind when we hear ‘sexual exploitation’ is usually connected with red lanterns, streets or roads with women (and men) sex workers, trafficking of human beings. Sexual exploitation of children could have also other faces – sex services in exchange of expensive things such as smart phone or modern accessory or at the cost of a lunch, sweets or instead of rent for parents’ accommodation. It can happen via internet and to affect minors before they become teenagers. That’s why it is needed to break the silence and to ask for zero tolerance concerning this ugly phenomenon. Statistics show that one of five children becomes victim of violence, including sexual. As parents we can prevent this: we can teach them for instance on the Rule of the Bathing Suit. It says that no one has the right to touch their body, especially where the body is covered by a swimming bathing suit. Medical examinations and manipulations as well don’t have to be allowed without their informed consent. The rule helps children to understand that their bodies are their own, that there is good and bad touching, as well es personal borders and social ethnic norms.

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