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Prisons Without Risks – training for staff in Stara Zagora

Ministry of JusticeNorway grants 



Stara Zagora, May 21 and 22 , 2015Team

"In most of the cases there is no way to prevent yourself of air transmitted viral infections,  but to prevent yourself of  sexually transmitted and blood transmitted infections to a great extent depends exclusively on us." Words of Prof. Radka Argirova, virologist and trainer on the project of Bulgarian Family Planning Association (BFPA) "Prisons without risk."
The second training for prison staff took place in May 21–22, 2015 in the prison in Stara Zagora. The topics presented were blood transmitted and sexual transmitted infections with the focus of prevention, information on HIV infection with special attention on the specifics while working with people living with HIV. 42 persons were trained. Part of them took the opportunity for voluntary and anonymous counseling and testing for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

IPPF Global Gathering, Bangkok, Thailand

Group photoBangkok,  May 12-14 2015

A Global Gathering meeting of the Member Associations (MA’s) of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is held in the capital of Thailand. The event gathers more than 160 representatives of 120 countries from all over the world. BFPA is represented at the Global gathering by its Program Manager Ventzislav Kirkov. He presented one of the Association’s good practices – the Keep Me Safe project, financed by the European Commission (DG Justice – Program Daphne III). The project’s goal is to implement successful models of health education and prevention of sexual abuse towards YPWLD and is giving valuable expertise and guidelines to intermediaries and other specialists, working with YPWLD, and is enhancing the capacity of the parent’s community.

"Prisons without risks" – the first project training in Plovdiv

Ministry of justiceNorway grants




Plovdiv, April 28 and 29  2015Training team

The first training that the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) conducted under the project Prisons without risk – a pilot initiative for preventing the distribution of blood transmitted and sexually transmitted diseases in three selected Bulgarian prisons took place for the staff in Plovdiv prison on April 28-29, 2015.
Presentations on topics connected with blood-transmitted and sexual transmitted infections with focus on prevention, as well knowledge about the specifics of the HIV infection were shown. Special attention was paid to the way of work with people living with HIV. The staff was presented general information about viruses, treatment and vaccines.


BFPA launches the project “Prisons without risk”

Ministry of JusticeNorway grants 



 Sofia,  April 20 2015 

LaunchThe launch of the project Prisons without risk – a pilot initiative for preventing the distribution of blood-borne and sexually transmitted diseases in three selected Bulgarian prisons – 93-00-141/12.03.2015, funded by the Small Grants Scheme of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism took place in 20 April 2015 in the conference hall of General Directorate “Execution of Sentences” – the main partner in our work in the coming months.
The future activities were presented by Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova from BFPA and the external key experts involved in the project – the virologist Prof. Radka Argirova, the lawyer Ivana Murdjeva and the chairman of the "Hope against AIDS" Milen Chavrov. Daniela Dikova, Julia Drenska, Ventsislav Kirov and Ralitsa Zgalevska from BFPA, Elena Yankova and Iglika Kristeva from "Initiative for Health", specialists from the Medical Institute of the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Interior Hospital, representatives of General Directorate “Execution of Sentences” took participation in the launch. The Deputy Head of Mission Carina Ekornes and the liaison officer of the Nordic countries Linda Ervik from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Sofia were our special guests at the event.

First meeting of the team on project „Prisons without risks”

Ministry of justiceNorway grants




Sofia,  March 30 2015Initial meeting

Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association is starting a new 14-months project in March 2015. The initiative is supported by the Norway Financial Mechanism trough the Ministry of Justice and will realize pilot activities in the prisons in Plovdiv, Stara Zagora and Sliven. The first meeting of the team took place on March 30, 2015 in the office of BFPA. A series of trainings for the staff and the persons serving sentence of "imprisonment" and detainees will be implemented, as well developing manuals and proposals for legislative changes aiming improving the access to prevention and care in the area of blood transmitted and sexual transmitted diseases.


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