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Ongoing projects :: Youth voices, youth choices

Youth voices, youth choices

Project logoMSD LogoThe project "Youth Voices, Youth Choices" (2021-2023) is a 30-month international project implemented in Bulgaria by the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA). Partner organizations from Albania, BiH, Kosovo and Northern Macedonia will implement similar initiatives in their countries. The project is implemented with the coordinative role of the International Planned Parenthood Federation with the support of the programme for socially responsible business of the company MSD.
The COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted the delivery of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, including maternal health and family planning in almost all European countries. The project aims to create more accessible and youth-friendly SRH services and information provision, with special attention to the most vulnerable groups.
During the first year the project envisages conduction of research to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on access of young people to SRH services in particular and health services as a whole. The further project activities include compilation and exchange of good practices and empowerment of young people through a combination of online and offline educational tools, training and involvement in information campaigns. The main target group, young people aged 14-30, will be involved at all levels of the project implementation. Experts from different sectors (medical doctors, health care providers, psychologists, decision makers, field experts etc.) will consult young people and support the development of recommendations at national and regional level to improve health systems and services in the 5 countries, including in the field of telemedicine. National and regional initiatives to advocate for and increase access to SRH services and information for all those in need, with focus on crisis context, will also be supported.

 

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Presentation of the results of a regional study and recommendations for SRH services in the European Parliament - project "Youth Voices, Youth Choices"

Brussels, October 26, 2022

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.

 
Training within the framework of the youth-led campaign in the city of Dupnitsa - "Check in advance, don't trust!" The truth stories from the Roma neighborhood"

Dupnitsa, October 15-16, 2022

On October 15th  and 16th 2022 a training "Check in advance, don't trust!" was held on topics how to identify fake news. Participants, including Roma youth (14 and 18 years old),  enriched their knowledge about media and the impact of false information on health services. The training included also photovoice method and  interesting photography techniques. Young people will practice those skills in the upcoming campaign activities.

 
Youth-led campaign "Health Alarm Clock" in Breznik

Breznik, October 11, 2022

On October 11, 2022, the first of a series of health education information meetings was held with 35 students from 11th and 12th grades of "Vasil Levski" school in Breznik. The event is part of the campaign "Health Alarm Clock" under the "YOUTH VOICES, YOUTH CHOICES" project of BFPA, financed by the” MSD for Mothers” program and organized by the Regional Youth Raise Center with the partnership of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA), Breznik Municipality and the Local Commission for Combating Anti-Social Behavior of Minors.

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Ongoing projects :: Youth voices, youth choices