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Crisis Response Summmary: Morocco (alert 15)
17 April 2019
Between 1 January and 20 August 2018, some 27,788 migrants have arrived by sea and 4,125 by land from Morocco to Europe in 2018. Doctors of the World, were awarded MERF funding to respond to the needs of over 8,000 migrants in a three month intervention programme.
Doctors of the World, with their local partners Caritas Maroc, Comité d’Entraide International, Centre Social de Développement et Coopération, Association Sakia al-Hamra, Association pour la Lutte Contre le SIDA and Association Manos Solidarias, responded to this intervention in a three month project. The project covered most of Morocco’s urban areas along the western Mediterranean route, focusing project activities on WaSH, protection, food security and livelihoods (FSL), shelter and non-food items (NFIs), health and cash distributions. Doctors of the World stated the aim of this intervention was to support their local partners in meeting migrants’ basic needs in Morocco to meet the increased need throughout the country. Medical assistance was provided in camp settings to those requiring assistance, including medical follow ups for cases that required it, as well as distribution of hygiene kits and demonstrations on hygiene sensitisation for people on the move. Additionally, distributions were set up for shelter items, food parcels, cash and mobile phone chargers. Doctors of the World had originally planned to distribute vouchers for phone cards but after consultations with migrants realised providing housing for groups identified as highly vulnerable (e.g. pregnant women, women with newborns, unaccompanied minors, patients requiring medical treatment) for the duration of the upcoming winter would be a better use of funds, utilising the flexibility of the MERF mechanism. Feedback from migrants included comments such as “Do not come once a year, it is not necessary that things stop, do not forget us again, the need does not finish…”