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BFPA Executive Director Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova received the Sign of Honour of the President of Bulgaria

President PlevnelievSofia, November 20 2014

The Sign of Honour of the President of Bulgaria for exceptional merit and contribution to protecting the rights of children in Bulgaria was awarded to Dr Radosveta Stamenkova. The ceremony was held in the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the ratification of the UN Convention of the Rights of Children in 1989.

At the official ceremony on November 20, 2014, the President Rosen Plevneliev awarded with a Presidential Sign of Honour 24 activists and UNICEF – Bulgaria.
“I am very happy to receive the Sign of Honour. I feel really in a very good company with my colleagues and friends. This is a recognition for our day-to-day hard and difficult work.” – Dr. Stamenkova shared



LogoPosterSofia, October 17-18 2014

BFPA is also not an exception - we actively collaborate with NNHM and work side by side wih them across Bulgaria. At the moment there are more than 150 health mediators working all over the country - from the larger quarters of the bigger cities, to the smalleest rural settlements, for a salary almost as low as the minimum wage, but with professionalism, care and motivation. Fragments of their work can be seen in this video.

The poster for the "We are not an exception" campaign - just a few faces of the over 200 roma medical students - doctors, pharmacists, nurses, obstericians, lab workers.... they are not an exception. We are not an exception! We have observed the development of these young people for quite some time. Most of them grew before our eyes.  They are not an exception. Look upon them with unprejudiced eyes and if you can, help so that there can be more like them. They are young Roma - medical students, pharmacy students, future obstetricians, nurses and presently - health mediators. They are not an exception, believe, open your senses!

See the video for the WE ARE NOT AN EXCEPTION campaign - Roma medical students and mediators fighting the stereotype that sucessful Roma youth are an exception.



Training for specialists working with young people with disabilities

MaterialsSofia, October 8-10, 2014

 Education for specialists on „Health education, adequate health messages and prevention of sexual abuse and violence among young people with physical disabilities” carried out Bulgarian Family Planning Association (BFPA) together with its Dutch partners from the center for expert knowledge on sexual and reproductive health and rights Logo.
The trainers – Paulien van Haastrecht and Annelies Kuyper – are long-year educators and consultants on problems of young people, connected with sexuality, and they also have a specific experience in the work with people with disabilities. Techniques and methods for work and education the target group were shown, as well examples Discussionand best practices on topics, including working mechanisms for finding problem cases and solving conflict situations, connected with unacceptable sexual behavior.

Expert Visit and Three-day Training on Quality of Management for Professionals Working with Young People with Learning Disabilities

Keep me safe logoGroup photoKazanlak, August  12-14, 2014

Project Keep me Safe / DJ Justice DAPHNE 3 Program / DAPHNE – JUST/2012/DAP/AG/3092 “Keep me Safe”, co-funded by the EC Daphne III Program. (http://www.safesex.bg/en/ongoing-projects/keep-me-safe). Training on quality of management for professionals working with people with learning disabilities was carried out by Perdita Wingerter from German nongovernment organization Pro Familia in August 12, 13 and 14 in Kazanlak. The teams of Center for Social Support and Day Center for Children with disabilities in the town participated in the initiative, organized by Bulgarian Family Planning Association (BFPA) and Future for children with disabilities Association.

Annual meeting of BFPA

DiscussionStarosel, August 1-3, 2014

BFPA staff from Sofia and the country branches together with key volunteers from the main target groups of the organization gathered on the organization annual retreat for discussing current projects, ideas for different activities and new possibilities of fundraising. Part of the time participants divided themselves in three thematic groups – work with vulnerable communities, young people and youth initiatives, HIV/AIDS prevention. Best practices, as well difficulties and challenges in the work of the central and regional offices were analyzed. The discussed new paces of work are: ways of enrichment the knowledge of teenagers on reproductive health, prevention of prevalence of HIV/AIDS in penitentiaries, as well as preventing sexual abuse and violence among and against children and youth in institutions. Progress on these and other ongoing activities can be followed in our site.


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In the last months of 2022 the partners of the YVYC project, together with experts and young people, developed recommendations for regional policy recommendations for improvement of health and social systems and SRHR services for young people after the Covid 19 pandemic.
The recommendations are targeting decision-makers at international and national institutions.  They were presented in the European Parliament on October 26, 2022 by young advocates and experts, with the support of MEP Fred Matic. Three BFPA representatives - Victoria Nikolova, Venelin Stoychev and Pavlina Filipova participated in the EP meeting.