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BFPA in the training team at the NCCTHB Volunteer Academy 2018

CertificatesArbanasi, March 26-28, 2018

From March 26 to 28 in the village of Arbanasi, Veliko Turnovo region, took place the annual Volunteer Academy organized by the National Commission for Combattling Trafficking in Human Beings together with the Hanns Seidel Foundation  and the Local Commission for Combattling Trafficking in Human Beings – Veliko Turnovo. This year special focus in the academy agenda is given to the prevention of trafficking for labor exploitation. The training brought together 52 young volunteers that work with the Local Commissions in Burgas, Blagoevgrad, Varna, Veliko Turnovo, Montana, Pazardjik, Pleven, Plovdiv and Sliven – some have not received training yet, some have been trained and themselves have implemented peer-to-peer trainings, and some are youngsters from vulnerable communities who were part of the focus groups formed during the labor trafficking prevention campaign.

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Development Cooperation in Times of Changing Paradigms

PanelSofia, March 21-22, 2018

The Regional Conference "Development Cooperation in Times of Changing Paradigms" organized by the Bulgarian Platform for International Development (BPID) took place on 21-22 March 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria and brought together over 100 representatives of CSOs, institutions, UN agencies and business from the Western Balkans and the Black sea region. The conference organizers were also hosting the meeting of Hub2 of CONCORD – the European network of National Platforms and networks active in the field of development policies. BFPA is one of the most active organizations of the Platform, a founding member and a moderator of the health group that attracted to the Conference its valuable partners frоm the Western Balkans.

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For women’s rights

MaterialsThroughout the country, March 8, 2018

BFPA starts a campaign with coffee fortune slips in the month of March. The campaign provokes people to think on the relevance every woman and girl to have equal access to family planning information and services.

• Ensure stable future for yourself, in order your children to have bright future;
• You can make the choice to be happy;
• Health, happiness, knowledge, comfort…;
• Children are not expected to give birth to children! Let’s support the most vulnerable;
• Early pregnancy is risky for the health, the life and the professional realization. Everyone must have the right to make a choice;
• We can’t change the whole world at once, but we can start with something small, changing the life of thousands;
• All children have potential; let’s give them the chance to develop it.

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Learning Action Partnership with its Next Steps

OAK logoFebruary 20 2018, Sofia

The next and first for this year gathering of the members of the Learning Action Partnership (LAP) took place at February 20th. The working meeting was also the first after the last years’ conference with international participation on topic „The Prevention of Sexual Violence and Sexual Exploitation of Children is Possible”.
Members of National Network for Children, Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association, Know How Center for Alternative Care of Children of NBU, Applied Research and Communication Foundation, UNICEF, Tulip Foundation, National Network of Health Mediators, Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, Ministry of Health, Medicins du Monde, PULSE Foundation, Re-Act Association OAK Foundation, Institute for Social Activities and Practices participated.

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How we celebrate the day of love and wine

Pleven medical studentsSofia-Pleven, February 14, 2018

BFPA traditionally supports different events which mark Feb 14 – the day of people in love and of wine. This is a good day also to talk about prevention, especially with the mood of forthcoming spring and rejuvenation. Valentine gifts go traditionally well with a condom and a health-related message. That is why on Valentine’s day in Pleven our partners – the young people from the Association of medical students held a campaign in the city centre and the shopping malls. They presented a selection of BFPA’s informational materials together with Sexwell condoms as a part of our Condom with a cause/Use your head campaign. Everyone had the opportunity to take a photo in a special big Valentine photo-frame.  
Along with such traditional, yet joyful events at different locations all over the country, BFPA proudly presents the second article from the series, elaborated in cooperation with the “Hope against AIDS” foundation in the AIDS Press blog. The first article came out on an important date for prevention of HIV prevalence – December 1st. It’s logical to continue with the second article on another important date. The subject is more than fundamental – the narrative concerns the 37-year-long history of AIDS in Bulgaria and is about the communication deficiencies and how they affect the correct understanding and dissemination of information which leads to misunderstanding and problems.

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Bulgaria and North Macedonia together to support and develop the Health Mediators program

Blagoevgrad, October 7-9, 2019

Study visit of health mediators, NGO representatives and state institutions from the Republic of North Macedonia took place in October 7-9 in Blagoevgrad. The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) with the support of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) hosted the three days visit and gave an opportunity for the representatives of HERA – Health Education and Research Association, health mediators from Skopje and Prilep and the Ministry of Health of our neighbor country to understand in details how in years was institutionalized and functions the system of health mediation in Bulgaria. Field visit to the Roma neighborhood Predel Mahala was included in the programme and the guests could see how the work of health mediators Antoaneta Eftimova and Katya Kirilova is going on everyday basis – with institutions, as well with people who need and receive their support.

 
Romeo and Juliet from Kosharnik district

Montana, September 12, 2019

The Shakespeare and Servantes tour around the Roma neighborhoods of Bulgaria went to the Kosharnik district of Montana. Talented and enthusiastic local children, selected by the Roma actress Natalia Tzekova presented fragments of the drama “Romeo and Juliet” from a newer angle and with adequate health messages. The aim of the social theatre is with the means of art to inform the public in a comprehensible manner about the harm of early marriages and early school drop outs, the benefits of contraception, the importance of prevention of sexually transmitted infections. The messages target young people as well as their parents, some of which joined the scenes to demonstrate their support for what their children are saying. With his monologue about the Roma Don Quixote Valeri Lekov, also part of the production team, explained some of the community specificities. Between the sketches there were “real life” scenes – a woman from the community visits a doctor who explains the benefits of contraception and debunks some “fake news” about contraceptive methods – all this with a lot of humour and highly appreciated by the audience.

 
BFPA kicks off a new two-year project “I Want to Know”

Sofia, August 23, 2019

With an official green light on August 23, as of Sep 1st BFPA starts activities on a new project – “I WANT TO KNOW – User friendly access to HIV and STI counseling and testing for Roma youth from vulnerable communities”, supported by ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action Programme via CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) UK. The project’s duration is 2 years, during which BFPA will provide voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) with a focus on young Roma men (but not excluding women as well) from poor and marginalized districts through its coordinators in the five BFPA branches in Bulgaria - Pleven, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Russe and Sofia. Activities will begin with a kick-off meeting and VCT training for the service providers, in parallel with informing and awareness raising by elaboration of info materials, disseminated in the targeted communities by one of the closest and dearest BFPA partners – Health Mediators.

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