Extraordinary EIB mobilisation in the health and training sector in Morocco

February 11, 2022
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The EIB supports the Moroccan Health Ministry’s hospital reform initiative, an ambitious programme to rebuild, renovate and modernise a total of 16 hospitals. The Moulay Youssef de Salé hospital is an example of this concrete action to offer excellent working conditions to medical personnel, as it was selected as a regional referral centre for caring for COVID-19 patients.

At the onset of the health crisis in 2020, the EIB provided Morocco with the first loan (€200 million) in the Mediterranean neighborhood to help the authorities combat the COVID-19 pandemic, to finance emergency medical supplies and equipment to health institutions.

Already partners of the Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes (UEMF) – through a €70 million loan signed in 2017-, the European Union and EIB provided a grant of €500 000 (MAD 5.4 million) in July 2020 for purchasing IT equipment to ensure teaching could continue during the pandemic. This has provided 422 scholarship students with a laptop and a 4G modem on a one-year plan so that they can continue their UEMF classes remotely. The grant also made it possible to purchase 3D printers to produce 1 000 reusable protective medical masks for hospitals.

For more information

Providing access to healthcare for Moroccan citizens – Hospital of Salé (video)

Boosting skills and jobs prospects for young Moroccans (video)

Countries covered:

  • Morocco