The eighth edition of the national AIDS awareness campaign, Sidaction Maroc, began on Tuesday, December 1. The campaign is organized by the association for the fight against AIDS, under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI. It aims to raise funds to develop a program to fight the virus, support prevention, provide social and medical assistance to patients, improve their quality of life, help them and encourage applied scientific research programs.
The campaign will run until December 31, under the theme “United against AIDS”, and will include an extensive communication campaign where posters will be displayed in some cities, advertisements will be broadcast on television and radio, as well as in the press and social networks. Special programs are also planned throughout December to raise awareness among citizens. In addition, an evening will be broadcast on December 19 on 2M starting at 9 pm and will include testimonials from patients and their families, reports from doctors and performances by several Moroccan artists.
According to the Ministry of Health estimates in 2019, more than 21,500 people are carriers of the virus, and only 73% are aware of their contamination. Ninety percent of these carriers are estimated to have begun treatment, but the situation is complicated by the fact that 50 percent of diagnosed cases are in advanced stages, and young people are most likely to have AIDS. Indeed, the latest statistics from the Ministry in December 2018 show that 51% of the carriers of the virus are between 15 and 34 years old.
The association for the fight against AIDS, a pioneer in Morocco and the Middle East and North Africa region, began its fight 32 years ago.