Morocco

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We’re on the frontline of HIV support and policy in Morocco, helping community organisations strengthen their local response and play a greater role in public policy discussions.

Although the number of people living with HIV in Morocco is relatively low – at 22,000 – it is adversely affecting marginalised communities, particularly people who use drugs and men who have sex with men. What’s more, fear of discrimination makes it harder for these groups to access the health services they need.

Harmful gender norms and gender-based violence can also be a barrier to HIV prevention, and limit access to treatment and support services among women living with HIV.

We’re working here to help more people in these marginalised groups get the support they need.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Just 0.1% of the general population in Morocco is living with HIV.
  • 5.7% of MSM are living with HIV.
  • 7.9% of people who use drugs are living with HIV.

However, Morocco is the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to introduce both harm reduction and methadone programmes for people who use drugs. The country has become a regional model and is now sharing its experience through a training centre in Tangier.

OUR PARTNER

Association Marocaine de Solidarité et Développement (AMSED)

Our work with AMSED is aimed at people living in some of the most affected key populations, providing HIV prevention information, testing and support.

One of AMSED’s primary goals is to help improve the sexual health of MSM and, as part of a broader regional project, has trained participants as peer educations to spread the message about prevention testing and to provide support for those who face discrimination.

AMSED has used funds from a number of grants to work with local organisations, monitoring their HIV work and helping them to strengthen their role in the national response to HIV and AIDS. They also help community organisations build their skills so that they can influence public policy more effectively and find ways to strengthen access to health services more generally.

OUR IMPACT IN MOROCCO

In 2017, AMSED reached:

  • Almost 10,700 people with HIV and sexual and reproductive health services.
  • More than 50,000 people with HIV prevention services, almost 10,000 of whom were from key populations.

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