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MSF in Morocco, 2005
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Morocco is a transit country for thousands of immigrants and asylum seekers on their way to Europe. MSF is focusing attention on sub-Saharan undocumented immigrants based in the city of Tangiers and its surrounding areas.
In Tangiers, MSF runs a clinic in the city center and makes visits to patients in hostels and private houses where undocumented immigrants seek shelter. MSF also uses mobile clinics in the surrounding neighborhood of Massnana to carry out patient consultations and referrals. MSF works with health authorities to ensure that undocumented sub-Saharan immigrants receive other needed health care services, such as pre- and postnatal care, tuberculosis treatment and HIV/AIDS care. At the same time, the team tries to raise awareness among Moroccan authorities and organizations about these immigrants' vulnerable situation.
Responding to the earthquake emergency
On 24 February 2004 an earthquake hit the northern region of Al Hoceima. An MSF team traveled to the area to assist the affected population. MSF distributed 2,000 blankets and plastic sheeting to families that had lost their homes. These same materials were also distributed in surrounding villages affected by the earthquake.
MSF has worked in Morocco since 1997.