Marocco – National HIV testing day, organized by ALCS, a recipient organization of Fqsida


July 26th, 2013

P36a_CRM1According to UNAIDS estimates (2011), more than 70,000 people are currently living with HIV on Canadian ground, out of a population of nearly 35 million. To make an international comparison, still using UNAIDS as a source, there are half as many people living with HIV in Morocco; about 30,000 in a country that numbers 33 million people. Does this mean that our friends in Morocco are better informed than Canadians about HIV vectors, and so are better able to protect themselves? Nothing could be less certain.

In reality, one of the main explanations for this significant discrepancy is as simple as it is disturbing: Moroccan estimates are not reliable, since there is far less screening done in Morocco than in Canada due to a lack of financial and human resources. So, while 75% of HIV-positive people in Canada are aware of their HIV status and are therefore able to take their health in hand and break the cycle of new infections by using effective prevention measures, in Morocco, less than 20% of the total estimated number of HIV-positive people have been officially diagnosed. This means that the new cases of HIV infection counted worldwide each year are essentially the toxic fruits of a hidden epidemic.

Driven by this alarming observation, ALCS, a founding member of Coalition PLUS, has organized National HIV Testing Day every year for the past seven years, in close collaboration with the Moroccan ministry of health. The 2013 edition of this large-scale event, launched June 1st in Agadir in partnership with the National Council on the Rights of Man, is being carried out at 83 sites this year, spread over 60 cities and villages across the kingdom. In the end, more than 10,000 tests were done in a single day in ALCS testing centres and those of partner organizations. Testing was overseen by 90 consulting doctors, and supported by 400 volunteers.

Marocco: 5th annual national testing day by ALCS, fouding 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.

The organizations in Africa


July 2nd, 2010


Morocco: ALCS
ALCS, the first association formed to fight AIDS in the Maghreb and the Middle East, was founded in February 1988. ALCS carries out prevention activities and cares for people living with HIV/AIDS. It also defends the rights of the most vulnerable groups (male and female sex workers, migrants, prisoners, truck drivers, and drug users).

Democratic Republic of Congo: ACS/AMO-Congo
ACS/AMO-Congo is the first medical care management structure in the country. Thousands of AIDS orphans are supported by the Association. It also provides numerous community support services to people living with HIV/AIDS and those affected by HIV.

Burundi: ANSS
ANSS, the national association supporting people who are HIV-positive and living with AIDS is one of the first associations to combat AIDS in Burundi. Since 1993, it has been providing voluntary and free screening, clinical and psychosocial care management, and material and financial assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS.

Founded in Mali in September 1994, ARCAD/SIDA is an association that carries out research and provides home care to people living with HIV/AIDS. Tens of thousands of people affected are monitored at the association’s centres, where they benefit from free global healthcare, including antiretroviral (ARV) treatment. ARCAD/SIDA was also one of the first African associations to have set up a program to provide gay Malians with access to means of prevention and care.

Burkina Faso: REVS+
Created in 1997, REVS+ is one of the first Burkinabé associations in the fight against HIV/AIDS, in particular, through the global management of care of people living with HIV/AIDS. REVS+ has the objective of assuring the health and social and economic well-being of its members and the general public, in terms of sustained human development in the context of HIV/AIDS.