Morocco: In Rabat, mothers are the focus

  • International staff: 3
  • National staff: 6 In this traditionally Muslim country, where many women are reluctant to go to a male doctor, the high maternal mortality rate - 228 per 100,000 live births - is an area of key concern for MSF. In July 1999, the organization began working in Mers El Kheir, a district of Rabat, on activities to improve women's health. MSF helps manage the area's health center and is currently assessing the condition of labor and delivery facilities available to the population. In Souk es Sebt, a neighborhood of Mers El Kheir, a multipurpose center was constructed in 1999 by MSF and ENDA, an African NGO. Women and children have access to health education, literacy training and skills workshops. MSF is also working to raise awareness of mother-and-child health issues among the people and is planning to build a delivery room in the neighborhood's clinic. MSF has been working in Morocco since 1997.