11 September 2023: We are extremely saddened by the tragic news of the earthquake that hit Morocco and the high number of victims already reported. Our teams arrived on site after the earthquake on 9 September and are currently assessing the needs, while coordinating with the local authorities to see how we can help.
In this type of context, we need to care for the wounded and perform medical acts quickly like surgery or dialysis, which can be a challenge when local health capacities are severely affected by a disaster. Restoring health services and distributing essential goods can also be priorities. Our intervention will therefore depend on the results of these initial on-site assessments.
MSF began working in Morocco in 1997 to provide care to excluded communities in Rabat, Casablanca and Tangier. Our programmes were focused on increasing access to maternal and sexual healthcare. In the early 2000s, we began providing support to migrants arriving in Morocco, by visiting hostels where people stayed and providing outpatient consultations and referrals through mobile clinics.
In 2010, MSF provided care to migrants injured during mass raids and expulsions by the Moroccan police force. In 2013 we handed our projects over to local health and human rights organisations.