International Festival
of Red Cross and Health Films
June 13 - 21, 2019


The Bulgarian Red Cross carries out its activities in pursuit of its main objective to alleviate and prevent human suffering with impartiality and neutrality, without discrimination as to nationality or race, gender, social status, religious belief or political stand.

The Bulgarian Red Cross is a voluntary organization, part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and is guided by its Fundamental Principles: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.

Through its countrywide network of volunteers, the BRC renders assistance to the vulnerable people in situations of disaster and crisis. By means of training programmes and activities for the benefit of the public, the National Society contributes to alleviating and preventing the suffering in all its forms, it protects health and life and ensures respect for the human being.

In compliance with its humanitarian mission, the Bulgarian Red Cross implements various activities to alleviate vulnerability, prevent the social exclusion of the most marginalized people and improve the quality of their life. It provides services and caries out various initiatives and campaigns related to protecting the human life and health, including promotion of health culture, first aid, road safety and others.

Bulgarian Red Cross supports the State in situations of disasters, accidents, crises and armed conflicts. The organization is part of the Unified Rescue System in Bulgaria.

The Bulgarian Youth Red Cross, through its thousands of volunteers, carries out activities throughout the country, for promotion of humanitarian values, prevention of violence and socially significant diseases, disseminating healthy lifestyle practices among children and young people, training in first aid, first psychological aid and psychosocial support.

Through its Mountain Rescue Service, the Bulgarian Red Cross assists the victims of mountain incidents and its Water Rescue Service ensures the training of qualified lifeguards and works towards prevention of water traumatism.

Medical University "Prof. Paraskev Stoyanov" - Varna

Medical University of Varna was established in 1961 and was named after Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov - the person who laid the foundations of the first Bulgarian surgical school in the history of medicine in Bulgaria.

Medical University of Varna provides high quality in education - it is the first and only university in the country to introduce a model for Business Excellence of the European Foundation for Quality Management in 2008. The diplomas awarded by the university are recognized in all European countries. One of the main goals in training of medical specialities is to harmonize and integrate pre-clinical and clinical training. Special attention and considerable resources are invested in the development of simulation training methods. Medical University of Varna has numerous clinical bases located on the territory of the whole country. The main premises for training of students, postgraduate students and PhD students is the University Hospital "St. Marina" in Varna - the most modern medical-diagnostic structure in North-eastern Bulgaria, equipped with the latest generation equipment. The first in Bulgaria university's pharmacies were established at the university. The students have the opportunity to study in the unique to our country's Medical-Dental Centre, equipped with high-technology medical equipment without analogue.

For the academic year 2018-2019, MU-Varna is the preferred university by more than 1600 foreign students from 48 countries around the world. It has 91 international partners from 5 continents. More than 5000 students, postgraduates and PhD students are trained in the faculties of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy and Public Health, at the Medical College and in the Affiliates in Sliven, Veliko Tarnovo and Shumen at the Medical University of Varna. Since its establishment, over 50000 graduates of the university are living and working in more than 40 countries around the world.

Along with modern equipped laboratories and training premises for practice, a library with electronic reading rooms and secure access to the world's best information databases, the university has also numerous sporting achievements of its graduates in swimming, football, volleyball, basketball, tennis and boxing . A sailing team competes with its own sailing boat at the University. A theatre troupe, a rock group, a dance ensemble are also established at the University. The Varna public knows the prospective physicians from the various charity and health campaigns which they initiate and conduct in our city annually.