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Good practices that bring change

Momentum logoTEDx logoSofia, September 16 2015

With a great pleasure and satisfaction we present to you the Executive Director of BFPA, Dr.Radosveta Stamenkova and her TEDx Talk on Roma at this year’s edition of TEDxMLADOSTWOMEN, about the stereotypes and the hope of finding ways of understanding and appreciating each other so we can live together well. And also:
- about the clichés in our minds and the efforts to overcome them
- about the exceptions that change the rules
- about the ability to see people’s lives through their own eyes
- about the good people and the good practices that bring change to the community
- about love and the importance of working with love...


3 in 1 in the Shumen region – training, supervision, and health service provision

TeamVeliki Preslav – Venetz, August 26-28 2015

Veliki Preslav, August 26 2015. A training with Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova from BFPA on hygiene, nutrition and STIs for the teams of Family Counseling Centers (FCS) in Shumen. The last session takes the cake – the presentation of the teams themselves of their interactive sessions on hygiene, nutrition and STIs can make anyone laugh themselves sick. Dear colleagues, you are very good and still improving!
On the next day – August 27th at the newly-opened branch of FCS-Shumen in the village of Venetz, a working meeting took place with the participation of Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova from BFPA, Dilyana Dilkova and Ognyan Kamenov from the Ethnik Minorities’ Health Problems Foundation (EMHPF), Fatme Sali – Dep. mayor of the Venetz municipality, Bedrie Hussein – Director of the Social Support Directorate, Berie Yuzeir – Chief of the Social Support Department of Venetz municipality, Nergis Mehmedova – Chief of the Child Protection Dept – Venetz municipality, Vildan Ali and the team of the FCS – Shumen. During the work meeting the parameters of the joint work of the Venetz municipality and FCS-Shumen, as well as the possibilities for cooperation with BFPA and EMHPF were discussed.


Prisons without risk – Training on health topics for prisoners in Sliven

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Sliven, August 13-14, 2015Team

Two groups of prisoners in the Sliven prison were trained under the project „Prisons Without Risk” on August 13 and 14. The topics of the trainings - hygiene, blood- and sexually transmitted diseases and specificity of the HIV infection process provoked the interest of the thirty women. They asked a lot of questions, some took notes, took an active part and listened very attentively to the explanations of the trainers – the virologist Prof. Radka Argirova, Dr. Rada Stamenkova and Daniela Dikova from the BFPA and Milen Chavrov from the “Hope against AIDS” Foundation. The efforts of the team were supported by Ralitza Zgalevska and Prof. Yuliana Marinova from the BFPA.
Some of the important things, written down by the prisoners as learned after the training visit were:
- HIV and AIDS are two different things/ HIV is not AIDS
- At the notion of whatever symptom, we should talk to a health specialist immediately
- Treatment is for the infected, and VCT is obligatory also for the partner
- Viruses can be oncogenic and infectious
- Sexually transmitted infections can lead to some chronic diseases
- We never use other people’s personal hygiene possessions


Prisons without risk – training on health topics for prisoners in Stara Zagora

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TeamStara Zagora, July 30-31, 2015

Another training for prisoners on health topics was conducted by BFPA team under the project „Prisons Without Risk” on 30 and 31 July 2015 in the prison of Stara Zagora. For the two days 32 prisoners were trained on topics connected with the personal hygiene, blood transmitted and sexually transmitted infections, as well on the specificity of HIV infection.
The young men in the group were on different educational level: from just enrolled the first grade up to high school graduated or completed some of the lower grades. Many questions were asked and it was obvious that the training on these topics is of extreme importance fro them. There were questions on: are the bed-bugs dangerous concerning blood transmitted infections; what is Hepatitis C; can the high temperature damage the testicles; if and why it is dangerous to implant paraffin/small balls in the penis; could a virgin girl infect you with sexual transmitted infectionsено; do we present these topics in every prison in the country...
Asked for a feedback after the trainings the inmates give the following things mainly: 
 - Not to use mutual needles.
 - Safer sex practices.
 - To use gloves while giving help to a bleeding person.


Annual retreat of BFPA

Group photoVarshetz, July 17-19 2015

The most important and valuable resource of one organization are PEOPLE - in this context we at BFPA are extremely rich and powerful! This was very obvious at the annual meeting where BFPA’s team, representatives of the branches, Management board, young volunteers, partners and consultants   gathered in Varshetz from 17th to 19th of July 2015. The strategic challenges for the 2015-2020 period, our success stories, new possibilities and partnerships and the financial status of the organization were presented and discussed at the meeting. The Executive Director Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova spoke about ongoing and submitted projects and about the new editing of political mapping, which will be elaborated with the support of an external consultant, as a basis for the coming strategic planning exercise to be conducted till the end of 2015. The Program Manager Ventzislav Kirkov made an overview of what are the challenges that face the association in its SRH-related advocacy initiatives.


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