– MOROCCO –
5TH ANNUAL NATIONAL TESTING DAY BY ALCS, FOUNDING MEMBER OF COALITION PLUS
June 16th, 2011
On May 14, 2011, the Association de Lutte Contre le Sida (ALCS) organized the fifth annual National Day of HIV/AIDS Testing. The fifth edition was launched at El Mamounia Place in Rabat, under the sponsorship of Moroccan actor and producer Driss Roukh. The event was publicized in several different media, including the press, radio, both national television networks, Web sites, and Facebook.
Despite vigorous efforts, the annual number of tests performed in Morocco is still insufficient. The ALCS carried out 37,092 tests in 2010, making up 80% of all tests in Morocco; but diagnosing the 25,000 Moroccans who are HIV-positive and unaware would take a million tests per year.
In total, 6,936 people received the voluntary, anonymous, rapid, and free test on May 14. The day saw 81 testing sites in 39 cities and 14 rural municipalities welcome the public.
During the event, 60,000 brochures on HIV infection and 30,000 condoms were distributed.
The fifth edition of the National Testing Day, supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and by the Drosos Foundation* reached its objectives thanks in particular to the help of 90 volunteer physicians and 400 other volunteers working closely with the various partners. Numerous partner associations and organizations allowed the ALCS to use their space, making testing accessible in several regions.
Morocco is reaching a turning point in the epidemic with a high concentration of HIV cases in rural areas and among groups subject to vulnerable living situations. The ALCS is particularly concerned by the fact that HIV is concentrated among sex workers, men who have sex with men, and drug users.