In Morocco, more than two million people over the age of 18 suffer from diabetes. World Diabetes Day is held every year on the 14 of November, and this year’s theme is “Women and Diabetes.”
In response to the threat diabetes poses, the Ministry of Health has made diabetes prevention and control a key priority for its sectoral strategy, mainly through extending the range of healthcare services.
In addition to complications related to conception and pregnancy, diabetes, if left untreated, can lead to blindness, kidney disease and lower limb amputation.
Annually, the ministry budgets around MAD 156 million for the purchase of insulin and other antidiabetic drugs. The agency also commits around MAD 15 million for the acquisition of medical devices to screen for diabetes and monitor patients.
748,000 diabetics in Morocco, around 64 percent of which are women, receive free medication and primary care.
The ministry also furthered their partnerships with social welfare organizations and the private sector, specifically in the areas of therapeutic intervention and childhood diabetes.