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Health education in the focus of Report Card 2020

LogoSofia, June 17, 2020

On June 17th the National Network for Children NNC presented online the now traditional Government’s Report Card concerning the child-related policies in different fields. For better visualization of the needs of the adolescents the Report Card has a few attached videos on important subjects to be acted upon, created by Genka Shikerova – battling poverty, addiction prevention, the need for health education, etc. The video on the need for health and sexuality education is with the participation of some of “our” people – Dr. Rada  Stamenkova, Exec. Director of BFPA, and Rado Vasilev – peer educator from 1st High School.
Here are some more details from the ninth consecutive edition of the annual report “Report Card 2020 – What is the average government score in the field of childcare? “

Overall score – 3 (average)
The Report Card is an annual report prepared by NNC. It reviews the basic policies aimed at the wellbeing of the children. This year it was prepared by 36 experts from CSOs who work with children and families all year round. In the preparation of the Report Card also take part more than 400 children, adolescents, parents and professionals via the questionnaire “Report Card – how the children, parents, and professionals evaluate the government” as well as interviews by child reporters from the National Eurochild Forum – Bulgaria and the Megaphone Youth Network.
All of them evaluate the progress of the government on 8 key topics: Wellbeing of children, Protection from all forms of violence, Early child development, Child health, Education, Family environment and alternative care, Child Justice and Child participation.
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Start of the Academic year of Health Mediators 2020

ONLINESofia, May 7, 2020

On May 7 2020 the academic year for the new health mediators from all over the country started. The education is organized for a ninth consecutive year by the National Network of Health Mediators in partnership with the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) of the Medical University – Sofia. BFPA is an important and integral part of the educational team from the very start of the health mediator program. This year’s class consists of around 50 people from all over the country. In the difficult situation because of COVID-19 academia, municipalities and the mediators themselves faced for the first time the challenge to ensure an online education instead of the traditional form in FPH at MU-Sofia using the modern possibilities for online communication.

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BFPA supports the health mediators in their noble mission – the fight against COVID-19

KAMPANIA 1 Bulgaria, March-May 2020

Over 200 responsible and devoted health mediators are among the people of the Roma quarters and neighbourhoods daily. They inform, explain, convince, reassure, disinfect, deliver school materials to the children with no access to online education and do everything possible for people to pass through the “coronavirus challenge”. In the first lines but unprotected due to lack or shortage of personal protection equipment, they are in danger and at risk to their own or others’ health. In lots of locations the mediators are the only source of information and help and they are fighting against the lack of running water, food, disinfectants and are on the front line every day.

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Two Interesting Partner’s Events in one day

Anti-violenceSofia, March 6, 2020

Supporting Women who Suffered from Domestic Violence
Victims of domestic violence usually hide their faces – ashamed that they let that happen to them, being out of fear that they will be found and hurt again. How often do we come across them on the streets, at the grocery store, in the elevator, without suspecting what they have gone trough.
The exhibition of Yana Peneva from 6th to 8th March in Credo Bonum Gallery tries to show the chaos of thoughts and emotions of women, victims of violence, with whom specialists form PULSE Foundation work.
In the eve of International Women’s Day, 8th March, BeCause Foundation appeals for solidarity towards women suffered from domestic violence. Donate here

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Prof. Radka Argirova – a life like a movie

Book coverSofia, December 16, 2019

Besides the time of year for festivities, December is a month of books. On the evening of December 16th in the packed Comedy Club below the Satirical Theatre, Prof. Radka Argiriva presented her book “A pseudonym with a tint of diversion – A documentary book about Prof. Radka Argirova. The history of AIDS in Bulgaria”. Yulia Piskuliyska has recreated in writing the cornerstone moments of the life and career of Bulgaria’s best virologist. Another great lady  - the famous actress Tatyana Lolova – was the main agent in the presentation of the book.
The documentary novel follows the life of Prof. Argirova, and besides her personal story focuses on the cornerstone moments of her scientific career, full of triumph and peril, friendships and obstacles. All is important, but her constant scientific interest is HIV – she is the person who founded a laboratory for researching the virus that causes ADIS – the plague of the 20th century, she brought to Bulgaria the first samples for research, and the intelligence service took an interest in her work – just like in the movies.

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BFPA supports the eighth “Valya Krushkina – Journalism for the people” awards

AwardsSofia, December 2, 2019

On December 2 at an official ceremony at the “Peroto” Literary club in the National Palace of Culture the names of this year’s winners of the “Valya Krushkina – Journalism for the people” award were announced. Six journalists received awards in the separate categories. As every year, BFPA supported the awards.
The Grand prize went to Polina Paunova from Radio Free Europe for the journalist investigation “Apartmentgate” – exposing how people from the government bought apartments at much lower than market prices. The award for “Electronic media” went to Genka Shikerova for the material “War of corpses”. The award for first place in the “Writing journalist” category was received by Martina Bozukova from Mediapool for the article “The pharmaceutical industry paid doctors over 30 mln. for trainings and fees”. The winner of the “Photojournalist” category is Ivan Filchev from bTV media group for the film “Bulgarian connection”. This year the prize in the “Upcoming Young Journalist” category went to two nominees – Tatyana Yordanova from BNT for the material “Is the integration of disabled people in Bulgaria just an imitation?’ and Vladislava Trichkova from Nova TV for “How to trade with Bulgarian pickpockets in Spain”.

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30 years from the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

UNICEFSofia, November 20, 2019

World Children’s Day – November 20th, this year was commemorated with two significant events in which BFPA actively participated. A National forum marking the 30th anniversary of the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, organized by UNICEF in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the Bulgarian Association for People with Intellectual Disabilities, as well as the Youth Forum Voice It, organized by the National Network for Children and the “Megaphone” Program.
The National forum called “With eyes open for all” was under the patronage of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov and its theme was social inclusion and empowerment of children with disabilities. The participants were young people with disabilities who, through their personal stories, revealed the huge potential they have, which often remains untapped because of the lack of clarity on behalf of teachers and employers for the necessary individual approach to each of the young people. Different disabilities often have easy solutions for facilitation of the working conditions with and for the people, but these solutions in most cases remain only theoretical because of lack of understanding of the problem.
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12 people were awarded with BFPA’s sign of honor at the Annual General Meeting

Sofia, June 26, 2020

On June 26th BFPA held its Annual General Meeting at which traditionally the members of the organization approved the report for the past year and discussed future plans and perspectives. The Meeting also approved the Code of Conduct, adopted by the Management Board of the Association.
The pinnacle event was at the end of the General meeting on the pleasant Friday afternoon – handing out Signs of Honor to twelve people who through the years were part of the Management Board and long term volunteers of the Association. They are (in alphabetical order): Dr. Dora Mircheva, Elena Poptodorova, Dr. Ivan Dikov, Dr. Kalina Piperkova, Prof. Kuncho Chamov, Maria Kaloyanova, Prof. Milko Sirakov, Dr. Mugurdich Karakashyan, Prof. Radka Argirova, Dr. Raina Gurdeva, Dr. Sofia Stoimenova, Prof. Yuliana Marinova..

 
Parents Need Support to Improve their Digital Competencies

Sofia, May 27, 2020

The first online (due to the Covid19 pandemic) meeting of the Learning Action Partnership (LAP) took place on May 27, 2020. Representatives of BFPA, Loveguide, Tulip Foundation, BYRC, WHO – Bulgaria, Know How Center for Alternative Care of Children of NBU, MLSP, NCCTHB, NCPHA, UNICEF, IOM, GERT Foundation, ARC Foundation, SAPI, PULSE Foundation, Roditeli Association Re-Act Association, WCIF.
The agenda included review of what has been done from the latest meeting of the Partnership up to the moment, sharing the experience of members’ activities in the Covid19 pandemic, discussion for coordinating efforts of the group and maximum using the different resources. The work on developing new web resource platform up to the moment and the ‘small projects’ initiative in the frame of the project ‘The Ability to Change’ were presented. The projects in priority area ‘Changing community attitudes and ‘zero’ tolerance to sexual exploitation of children’ are to start in September.

 
‘My Body, My Rights’: Health Mediators form Yambol Municipality about their work in State of Emergency Conditions

Yambol, May 2020

The parents are unemployed. Several days ago one of the brothers has come from abroad, unfortunately with no money. All the family does not have the right to go out of home. They all are quarantined. One day while she is working in her cabinet Kina Asenova is hearing a kid crying on the street. She is going out to see what is happening and sees the family’s six-year old child shaking on the ground and screaming. She finds out that the boy wants a snack very much and the family cannot afford that kind of expense... She goes to the shop, buys a box of the snacks and gives it them. ‘The next day we started distributing food. We gave it away without judging people’s race. We give as well for mentally disabled and people with different diseases’.
Kina is health mediator from 2008, but she works with people on different projects from the 2000s. People trust her. Her colleagues – Atanaska Mutafova, Asen Stoyanov, Atanas Atanasov, Ivan Ivanov and the mediators from Tundja Municipality daily do work in the villages Kukorevo, Kozarevo, Veselinovo, Drazhevo, Hadjidimovo. They work all day long, even on weekends. ‘Since Bulgaria declared state of emergency because of the Covid pandemic we are every day on the field, we give information on the infection, explain them why it’s important to stay at home. We are tracking people who came back from abroad and we make sure that they follow the quarantine guidelines. We have such people in almost every village.’

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