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Together against the fourth Covid wave

ParticipantsSofia, July 14-15, 2021

After we raised, trained and tested two classes of health mediators through the monitors - harvest of 2020 and 2021, on July 14 and 15 we finally had a live regional training meeting of health mediators, class 2020 and class 2021, from Western Bulgaria in Project Lab , Sofia.
Prof. Ivaylo Tarnev, Dr. Alexander Simidchiev, Assoc. Prof. Rumyan Sechkov, Dr. Antonia Valentinova, Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova and the Board of the National Network of Health Mediators were listening live the new additions to the NMHM. The specifics of the field work, the strategic partnerships on the ground and the battle for people's minds were discussed. This battle is being fought against fake news, generated rumors and the refusal to vaccinate. Dr. Simidchiev helped us in this from the position of both a pulmologist and a politician, and as a lecturer, able to convey clearly and understandably even the most complex matter. We talked about infections, about health policies, about the reliability of the sources of information, about the resistance of many health professionals against Covid vaccine prophylaxis.

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For the health of women and children

ParticipantsSofia, June 17, 2021

On June 17, after many months of online communications, we at BFPA gladly started actively participating in live events. Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova was a panelist at a meeting at the French Cultural Institute, organized by Doctors of the World and the Trust for Social Alternative. Key partners from the NGO sector, representatives of diplomatic missions accredited to our country, field work institutions attended the meeting, at which were discussed two important topics:
1. The need for a national family planning and sexual health program with a special focus on disadvantaged groups.
2. The need for adequate health care for uninsured pregnant women and the financial expression of the benefits of investing in health prevention.

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BFPA actively takes part in the "Academy for Visionaries" of Sofia Municipality

ParticipantsSofia, May 26, 2021

Seven projects began with a flying start on May 26 under the domes of the Largo at the very centre of Sofia. 54 young people won the right to participate in the "Academy for Visionaries" of Sofia Municipality - an idea created to provoke the younger generation in searching and identifying socially significant problems and then discovering solutions for them. The Academy has developed into an incubator of innovative ideas from young people for the community. Established experts in five areas assisted young visionaries in the process of creating and implementing innovative ideas with causes. Here are the five areas:
- Ecology and urban environment, with motivators - Lubo Georgiev and Elitsa Panayotova
- Sports and health, with motivators - Victor Kirkov and the Olympic champion Tereza Marinova
- Art, culture, education and science, with motivators - Svetlana Lomeva and Lyubov Kostova
- Civic and health education and media literacy, with motivators - Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova and Yana Pelovska,
- Support for disadvantaged people, risk groups, animals at risk, with motivators - Julia Georgieva and the Four Paws Foundation

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10 years Report Card: The state received an average of 3.09 for its care for children

Logo 10 yearsSofia, April 27, 2021

The National Network for Children (NNC) presented the tenth edition of the monitoring report "Report Card: What is the average success of the state in child care?"
 Average 3.09. is the overall assessment of the work of the state and institutions in 2020. The same is the average estimate for the past decade.
The presentation of this year's "Report Card" took place on April 27, 2021 on Live streaming. Special guests of the event were Dr. Jane Muita, UNICEF Representative for Bulgaria, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Velina Todorova, Deputy Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Experts from the National Network for Children and Children from the Megafon Youth Network will take part in the presentation.
The Report Card is an independent report that assesses the progress of public policies for children through fact-based analysis in 9 areas: Child Participation, Child Welfare, Family Environment and Alternative Care, Protection from All Forms of Violence, Justice for children, Early Childhood Development, Child Health, Education, Sports, Recreation and Leisure. It also includes specific recommendations for the future work of the state and institutions.
Authors of Report Card 2021 are 39 experts from civil society organizations and 7 external evaluators. Through the conducted surveys, 700 children, young people, parents and professionals, as well as children-surveyors from the National Eurochild Forum were involved in the formation of the assessments and recommendations.

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The training of 59 new health mediators from the class of 2021 has started

Online classSofia, April 12, 2021

On April 12, 2021, the school year was opened for new health mediators from all over the country. The training is organized for the tenth consecutive year by the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) at the Medical University of Sofia. This year's course numbers 59 candidates for health mediators, who, after successfully passing an exam in May, will start working in 47 municipalities across the country. BFPA experts have been an important part of the training team of mediators since the very beginning of the program.
For the second consecutive school year, we face the challenge of teaching online, amidst the ongoing epidemic of Corona virus. At this time, the need for trained health mediators to help implement state and municipal public health policies is greater than ever. Over the past year, health mediators have been among the professionals working on the front lines and helping people from vulnerable communities by explaining, informing, reassuring, supporting the poorest families by providing them with donations for food and basic necessities - this work continues and now.

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Early child development - a priority in the work of the National Network of Health Mediators (NMHM) for the next two years

NNHM logoCampaign logoSofia, March 9, 2021

On March 9, 2021, took place the first national forum “Gaps in Early Childhood Development Policies. Possible Solutions”, in which 4 national campaigns aimed at changing early childhood development policies were presented. One of the campaigns is the draft "Ordinance 26 in action - for more healthy babies and happy mothers". In drafting  it the National Network of Health Mediators (NMHM) cooperates with the Club of Non-Governmental Organizations - Targovishte, Association LARGO - Kyustendil and Association "Thirst for Life" - Sliven. The aim of the advocacy initiative is to achieve equal and effective access of pregnant women with no health insurance to health care - adequate follow-up of their pregnancies. At present, according to the current Ordinance №26 of 14.06.2007 of the Ministry of Health for providing obstetric care to uninsured women and for conducting lab testing outside the scope of compulsory health insurance for children and pregnant women, the uninsured pregnant woman is entitled to one a single examination with accompanying lab tests for the entire period of pregnancy. This single examination cannot guarantee the birth of a healthy baby, as it is not possible to prevent the various risks to the mother and child in the prenatal period. It is important for the problem to receive support from specialists, institutions, partners, but also from the general public. The communication component among the activities led by the NMHM will be aimed at this.

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The National Network for Children launches the "Together for Children" movement

CampaignBulgaria, February 24, 2021

When you are little, it is important to have an adult on your side, because children are highly vulnerable and need protection. That is why it is necessary for each of us to stand behind the cause of our children to have a happy childhood.
The National Network for Children (NNC) has launched the Together for Children movement, which calls upon the whole society for responsible parenting and civic activism on children's issues. On the occasion of the upcoming March celebrations, special free bracelets will be disseminated among friends and partners in the country, made with a lot of love - as a symbol of care for children in Bulgaria.
Maybe someone will connect it with the traditional red thread against jinxing, and others with the Martenitsa, which we tie as a wish for health and luck on the wrists of our children, relatives and friends.

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July 2021: Reviewing the Strategic Plan and Preparing for LAP Informational Campaign

Dolna Banya, 20-23 July 2021

Two events of main importance for the Learning Action Partnership (LAP) took place in July 2021 in Dolna Banya. In the beginning of the month was reviewed the Strategic Plan for Action of the network in the context of the dynamic changing political environment. The sociologist Asen Blagoev presented actual data on the social map of the country. One of the important recommendations given to LAP is health education and information on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) to be wider and regularly presented subject in school curriculum. Prevention of sexual violence and exploitation is a part of the topics, covered in the health and sexuality education wide topic. Up to the moment the knowledge for improving SRH are without stable financing from structural funds via the national budget. In this sense the efforts on advocacy for enlarging SRH in the curriculum of the middle and upper grade remain important for LAP.

 
Communication skills, messaging and PR strategy of BFPA

Dolna Banya, June 28-30, 2021

From June 28 to June 30, 2021 тhe team and the management board of BFPA together with key partners of the organization gathered for a second training under the project "Capacity building for advocacy for SRHR", supported by the EEA Financial Mechanism.
Prior to the training, the participants filled out a detailed questionnaire about how they see the organization and its work so far, what are the challenges of the external environment, which audience and which public groups should be introduced to our work.
The emphasis in the training program was upon the development of PR and communication strategy of the organization. Participants discussed the challenges for civil society organizations to speak in a language understood by their target audiences. Appropriate messages from BFPA aimed at different audiences were developed in working groups.

 
Launch of the Project ‘Awareness raising of local communities in areas with significant share of Roma population on asylum and migration issues’
June 22, 2021, Sofia
‘Our neighborhood is separated from the town, it has no name. The young people insist on continuing studying. Many of them are abroad. Those who came back are with obviously changed habits’, shares Kadrie from Provadia. 
On June 22, 2021 in the inspiring environment of the University Botanic Garden in Sofia was launched the project ’Awareness raising of local communities in areas with significant share of Roma population on asylum and migration issues’. The project is implemented by the International Organization of Migration (IOM) in partnership with a Consortium of three organizations - National Network of Health Mediators, Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association and ‘Ethnic Minorities Health Problems Foundation. The three organizations act from decades as one enlarged team and have considerable success in the fields of health prevention and advocacy. Health mediators from Filipovtsi, Breznik, Tran, Provadia and Harmanly, where field project research is held, together with representatives of NGOs, state institutions and embassies took part at the event. The meeting was moderated by Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, Executive Director of BFPA, who was also host of a kick-off online project meeting on May 20. 
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