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MSF closed its projects in Bulgaria in 2015.

Activities  2014 International Activity Report

Bulgaria saw a large increase in the number of Syrians arriving via Turkey this year.

The Bulgarian government was underprepared for the surge of new arrivals and although makeshift camps were set up, the provision of food, shelter, and medical and psychological care was inadequate. People were sleeping in unheated tents, and up to 50 individuals were sharing one toilet.

During the 2013-14 winter, after seeing the terrible living conditions in reception centres, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) started working in those worst affected: Vrezdevna and Voenna Rampa centres in Sofia, and also in the Harmanli camp close to the Turkish and Greek borders. MSF teams provided medical, antenatal and psychological care, distributed aid and made improvements to buildings and facilities. Over 5,500 outpatient consultations were carried out.

Read more about MSF's activities in Bulgaria in 2014.

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1981.


2014 Key figures
Outpatient consultations 6,600
Relief kits distributed 800
No. staff in 2014 16
2014 Expenditure €0.5 million


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