The Alliance’s linking organisation in Morocco, AMSED, has been providing financial and technical support to community-based organisations to carry out HIV/STI prevention projects.
An estimated 26,000 people are living with HIV in Morocco, or 0.1% of adults. Among vulnerable groups in some regions the rate exceeds 5%. HIV is mainly transmitted through sex (92.3%), of which 87% is heterosexual transmission and 5.3% sex between men. Morocco’s HIV epidemic appears to be growing, especially among young people and women. Women now account for 47.9% of infections.
Over the last few years, the national response to HIV has been strengthened considerably, and the government has recognised the value of civil society involvement.
WHAT WE DO
AMSED's activities reach key populations including men who have sex with men, sex workers, mobile and migrant populations, single mothers, illiterate women, young people and STI service users. AMSED’s approach is twofold. First, they develop a comprehensive package of services and make them more accessible for marginalised populations. Secondly, to develop and promote an integrated approach to mainstreaming HIV/STI prevention activities into development and educational programmes, thereby reducing stigma and discrimination.
AMSED trains and works with peer educators from within key populations. It has a particular focus on work with sex workers, developing focused information, education and communication materials, and carrying out needs assessments and skills training.
Working with MSM
Morocco is also part of the Alliance’s Middle East and North Africa regional programme, which focuses on the sexual health of MSM. This project builds the capacity of MSM groups to carry out peer education on HIV and STI prevention, testing, and stigma.
In partnership with AMSED, the Alliance will continue to increase community access to HIV prevention, care, treatment and support in Morocco. We will strengthen the technical and organisational capacity of civil society organisations, and improve coordination of their activities in the national response to HIV. We will also work to confront stigma and discrimination, which are key barriers to the effective control of HIV in Morocco.