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Coronavirus: Launch of a UNFPA operation in Morocco

The country office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launches Operation SALAMA, in close collaboration with institutional partners and civil society, to act with the most vulnerable populations, in support of the government’s response Morocco to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

Thus, UNFPA and its partners will make “Salama Kits” for hygiene and prevention of COVID-19, available to populations in vulnerable situations in environments, said the UN agency in a press release, specifying that the first phase of this action concerned pregnant women and health professionals, in particular midwives, while the second phase targeted women victims and survivors of violence, migrants, prisoners, in particular pregnant women, people with disabilities and the elderly, in several regions of Morocco.

Conducted jointly with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Solidarity, Social Development, Equality and the Family, the General Delegation for Penitentiary Administration and Reintegration, the Moroccan Association of Midwives, the National Association of Midwives of Morocco, the Moroccan Association for Family Planning, the Pan-African Organization for the Fight against HIV, the Anaruz Network, Initiatives for the Protection of Women’s Rights and the Y-PEER Association, this action “responds, among other things, to the Self Care approach recently launched by the health authorities in order to improve the autonomy of the most vulnerable populations and contribute to their well-being,” said the same source.

According to UNFPA, information and awareness-raising actions will also be carried out through various media with all the partners. TV spots, radio capsules, infographics for social networks, a web radio and an SMS campaign will be widely disseminated to meet the specific needs of the populations most at risk.

The current context of health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic does not prevent women from becoming pregnant and giving birth, the press release continued, estimating that nearly 2 million who are already pregnant in Morocco need to be accompanied very closely in terms of information and protection.

In this regard, midwives, who are among the first-line health professionals facing the coronavirus, must have access to protective equipment in order to continue to provide support to pregnant women and newborns, notes UNFPA, adding that women and girls victims and survivors of gender-based violence, migrants and people with disabilities are more exposed to the risks of violence and discrimination in this context of crisis.

The essential care and support provided to these categories must be maintained, reinforced and adapted to their new needs, concludes the press release.

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