MSF first worked in Bulgaria in 1981. In 1997 we began providing medical equipment and medication to hospitals and pharmacies in the country. In 2000, we opened a treatment centre for sexually transmitted infections in the capital, Sofia, where we educated people on safe sex practices and infection prevention and did voluntary testing and counselling for HIV.
We left Bulgaria in 2005, returning in 2013 to help improve conditions for Syrian refugees arriving in the country. When the Bulgarian government increased their capacity to provide for refugees, we left Bulgaria in 2014.