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Morocco to Provide Financial Aid to 7 Million Children From Needy Families

Morocco to Provide Financial Aid to 7 Million Children From Needy Families

Sunday, 7 August, 2022 - 09:00
Moroccan Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch (MAP)

Morocco’s government has revealed plans to implement a project to generalize family compensation in 2023.

The plan aims to provide support to about seven million children from low-income families and three other million needy families.

In a circular addressed to the ministers on the arrangements to prepare the 2023 draft budget, Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch said the project will be carried out according to a new approach based on providing direct support.

It targets “hundreds of needy families who deserve these compensations instead of resorting to social programs that proved less effective.

“In implementation of the directives of Moroccan King Mohammed VI, the government will expedite the issuance of the unified social registry as the basic mechanism to provide support and ensure its efficacy,” the circular read.

The project seeks to register families wishing to benefit from support programs and classify them according to the level of poverty, vulnerability and eligibility.

It is partially linked to the families registered in the National Social Security Fund, which is an official institution that provides social coverage for private sector workers, including health insurance, pensions or family allowances.

Registering in this fund grants families allowances for each child, about 300 dirhams ($30) for each child and up to three children.

In this context, the circular underscored the importance of prioritizing the health sector in 2023 by downloading the requirements of the approved draft framework law related to the health system.

It stipulates rehabilitating the health supply by carrying on the reform process of primary health care institutions, rehabilitating hospitals, establishing a mandatory course of treatment, and digitizing health services.

In addition to that, it aims to enhance the health system governance by setting up territorial health groups, a supreme health authority, an agency for medicines and health products, and an agency for blood and its derivatives.

The government will also work to approve the health employment law and activate the outcomes of social dialogue, concerning efforts to improve the financial situation of health frameworks, which will cost 2.2 billion dirhams ($220 million) over a course of two years, starting from January 1, 2023.

The government also launched a program to enhance human resources in the health sector by 2030.

It aims to raise the level of medical and quasi-medical supervision to exceed the level recommended by the World Health Organization, that is an average of 24 frames per 10,000 people by 2025.

Moreover, it aims to achieve the goal set by the new development model during 2030 instead of 2035, by reaching 45 frames per 10,000 people.

To achieve these goals, it will increase the number of health personnel from 68,000 in 2022 to about 94,000 in 2025, and 177,000 by 2030.

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