Morocco, due to its geographical location, is a transit country for a large number of migrants and refugees. Following the tightening of border controls in the European Union in recent years, the country has become a country of destination. This, in turn, has lead to a securitization of the Moroccan borders and increased large-scale crackdowns on migrants and refugees. In Morocco, they live in a state of high stress and in often extremely precarious situations.
In response to the situation, Doctors of the World has launched its programs to help migrants. We currently work in Rabat, and in Oujda and its region (Oriental). In both cities, together with the local partners we support, Doctors of the World focuses on helping women, minors and infants. We organize vaccinations for the youngest, educate adults about sexual and reproductive health, and care for HIV-positive migrants and victims of sexual violence. Psychological support is also offered.
All our partners are also trained to accompany patients in the administrative steps they must take to regularize their situation. Finally, we are working on raising the awareness of health professionals for everyone, as well as on early management of medical cases.