| VIII National Meeting “Initiative for Health and Vaccination” |
On 17th and 18th October 2014 the National Meeting “Initiative for Health and Vaccination” was held in Sofia. Within the initiative reprsentatives of government institutions, non-governmental organisations and private sector discussed the improvement of access to health care services for vulnerable communities. The project is implemented by the National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues at the Council of Ministers (NCCEII) together with the Ministry of Health. Project partners include Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministy of Finance, Association “National Network of Health Mediators”, National Association of General Practitioners in Bulgaria, Bulgarian Association for Vaccine prophylaxis, patient organisations. The event is supported by GlaxoSmithKline.
| Bulgarian Health Mediators Share Professional Experience Abroad |
In August 2014 the Health mediator from Sliven Municipality Natasha Todorova went for five days exchange visit in Stockholm. The invitation came from Mr Patrick Sedelrev, Secretary of the Commission for Fighting Human Traficking - Sweden and and Mrs Radosveta Stamenkova (Executive Director of Bulgarian Family Planning Association) with kind request by our Swedish colleagues to present the work of Bulgarian Health mediators. One representative from Bulgarian police also took part in the visit. Truly interesting were the meetings with local authorities in Gavle and the site-visits to villages where Bulgarian citizens from Roma origin are living.
| Network of Health Mediators in Macedonia follows the Bulgarian Model |
Macedonian Assosiation H.E.R.A, member of International Planned Parenthood Federation, organised two-day training for Health mediators in Macedonia. The training was held on 11th and 12th September in Skopie, Macedonia. Peter Tsvetanov (Chairman of National Network of Health Mediators-Bulgaria) and Radosveta Stamenkova (Executive Director of Bulgarian Family Planning Association) were invited by H.E.R.A. as trainers to share Bulgarian experience in estabilishment and management of a working non-governmental organisation.
| Health Mediator Velcho Mihalev Acquaints us with the Voluntary Mission in Varna |
Hello, dear readers!
We, the Health mediators who went to Varna to help after the flood already came back to our homes safe and sound. I would like to tell you what we did there together - Asen from Shumen,
Milio from Straldja, Natasha and Sasho from Sliven, Rusi from Nova Zagora, Gergana from Karnobat, Eleonora from Zlataritsa, Valentin from Tervel and Kina from Yambol. We were in Varna city six days – from 23 to 28 June 2014.
| The National Network of Health Mediators Supports Protest against Acts of Hatred |
On 4 July, 2014 in Sofia in front of the Courthouse, representatives from National Network of Health Mediators - prof. Ivaylo Tournev, Ognyan Kamenov and Health mediator Velcho Mihalev (Aytos Municipality) took part in protest against the multiple acts of hatred in Bulgarian society and the inactivity of Prosecution Office.
| WE ARE NOT AN EXEPTON |
Campaign of the National Network of Health Mediators
Mutual Action Targeting Racism, Intolerance and Xenophobia
Who could tell us who are the good people?
The tragedy in Varna, Asparuhovo neighborhood, happened on 19 June 2014 - due to heavy rainfall tidial wave swept away houses, cars, people, animals, took victims...
| Health mediators on a mission in Varna and Dobrich after the flood |
On 23 June (Monday) volunteers - Health mediators from 8 municipalitites went to Varna to assist their colleagues in dealing with the consequences of the disaster. Initiator of the mission was National Network of Health Mediators and coordinator of the volunteers was Velcho Mihalev - HM from Aytos. First volunteers were Gergana Demireva (Karnobat), Asen Asenov (Shumen), Milio Dobrev (Straldzha), Valentin Chakarov (Tervel), Rusi Bozhidarov (Nova Zagora), Sasho Yordanov and Natasha Todorova (Sliven).
| Health mediators on European Roma Summit |
04.04.2014 - Brussels, Belgium
On 4 april 2014 in Brussels was held European Roma Summit to rewiew the progress made on the integration of Roma in the EU member countries. The meeting was attended by about 500 representatives from EU institutions, national governments and parliaments, mayors, cicil society organizations (including Roma organizations), as well as local and regional authorities.
| International Meeting within the project “Together for Better Health - for us, by us” in Bucharest, Romania |
14.06.2014 ZdravenMediator.net - Vanya Abadzhieva
On 12 and 13 June 2014 the international team of project “Together for Better Health - for us, by us” implemented in Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary gathered in Bucharest at Annual Project Meeting.
The Annual Meeting was divided in three parts. The first part was Round table focused on discussion on health and social issues of Roma community and work experience of NGOs from the four countries on Health mediators’training programs, the appointment of HMs and improvement of access to education for kids. The Round table was kindly hosted by Slovakian ambassador in Romania, His Excellency Jan Gabor. It was also attended by Bulgarian and Great Britain ambassadors to Romania, representatives of national authorities, general practitioners, NGOs. National Network of Health Mediators was presented by Prof. Ivaylo Tournev, Ognyan Kamenov, Diliana Dilkova, Vanya Abadzhieva and Georgi Nikolov (HM in Samokov Municipality).
| Workshop for Health mediators and coordinators of mediation programs from seven European countries took place in Sofia |
12.06.2014 ZdravenMediator.net - Vanya Abadzhieva
In June 2014 the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) in partnership with International Organisation for Migration (IOM) organized three-days workshop in Sofia for mediators and coordinators of mediation programs from seven EU countries - Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Romania and Slovakia. The workshop is part of the Pilot Regional Initiative “Health Mediation among Roma Community” within the project “EQUI HEALTH - Fostering Health Provision for Migrants, the Roma and Other Vulnerable Groups”.