Direction of Epidemiology and Disease Control, Ministry of Health
Professor, Abderrahmane Maaroufi - Director
The Directory of Epidemiology and Disease Control aims to improve the organizational and technical capacity in epidemiological surveillance and fight against epidemics, including emerging epidemics (Ebola disease and Coronavirus infection); analyze the Essential Public Health Functions of the national public health system for its flattening and strengthening its legislative and institutional capacity; promote the management of public health programs based on the establishment of program contracts with health regions; and integrate effectively, as an associate member of IANPHI.
Important contributions made by the institute in 2014 include launching of the process of national public health system reform (reflection seminar, PHEF audit and IANPHI Meeting); annual planning of public health programs; establishment of program contracts with health regions; and control of the coronavirus infection and the Ebola virus disease. Over 300 staff work for the institute, and the major departments include:
1. Division of Communicable Diseases
2. Division of Non Communicable Diseases
3. Division of Environmental Health
4. National Institute of Hygiene
5. National Radiation Protection Centre
+212 537 76 14 03
+212 537 76 36 62
335 Avenue Mohamed V,
Mohamed Rhajaoui - Director
The primary mission of the National Institute of Hygiene is chronic disease surveillance, and it has worked vigorously to build Morocco’s online database for infectious disease surveillance. INH also plays a key role in monitoring food and drug quality in Morocco and acts as its medical accreditation and certification body.
With a staff of 199, the institute has developed national efforts related to pharmacological and toxicological defense, as well as strategies to survey and protect the environment relative to industrial and other pollution. It is made up of seven major departments: immunology–virology, medical bacteriology, toxicology– hydrology, human genetics, food microbiology, anathomo-pathology, and parasitology.
Last year, INH focused its research on HIV resistance genotyping, seasonal Influenza and acute respiratory infections surveillance, and genomic and immunological study of tuberculosis in the Moroccan population. The institute also actively supports a National Observatory of Human Pathogens, and fosters projects that examine the impact of environmental pollution on human health.
The institute is currently undergoing a major restructuration due to an ongoing merger with the Institut Pasteur Du Maroc, the Pharmacovigilance and Anti Poison Center and other units of the Ministry of Health. The merger will eventually lead to the creation of a comprehensive National Agency of Public Health.
Tel: + 212 522 434 470
Fax: + 212 522 434 478/+212 522 260 957
1, Place Louis Pasteur
20100 Casablanca, Morocco
Naima El Mdaghri - Director
With a staff of 259, the Pasteur Institute of Morocco (Institut Pasteur Du Maroc) is responsible for carrying out national research on infectious and parasitic diseases of humans, animals and plants, vaccinology, immunology, oncology, and genetics. It provides comprehensive training in microbiology and parasitology through the Center of Medical Biology. One of its core functions is to prepare and import serums, vaccines, and biological reagents.
IPM is divided into five major departments: infectious diseases; genetic diseases; immunizations; water, food, and environmental safety; and clinical biology. Last year, the institute played important roles in creating national policy for a potential Avian flu outbreak. It also took the lead in the surveillance of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and created one of the country’s largest comprehensive sexually transmitted infection studies.
The institute is currently undergoing a major restructuration due to an ongoing merger with the Institut National d’Hygiène, the Pharmacovigilance and Anti Poison Center, and other units of the Ministry of Health.
446,550 sq km
LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH:
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Influenza and Pneumonia
30 deaths / 1,000 live births
AVERAGE LIFE SPAN:
Source: WHO, World Bank, World Health Rankings