Dinosaur fossil with ‘totally weird’ spikes in skeleton stuns experts
Extraordinary ankylosaur remains dating back 168m years a first for AfricaFossil hunters have unearthed remnants of the oldest – and probably weirdest – ankylosaur known so far from a site in the Middle Atlas mountains in Morocco.The remains of the heavily armoured animal are extraordinary in being the first to have defensive spikes that are fused to the skeleton, a feature researchers say is unprecedented in the animal kingdom.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 23, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Dinosaurs Science Palaeontology Fossils Evolution Africa Source Type: news

Because Everyone Counts: Universal vital registration to leave no one behind
Because Everyone Counts: Universal vital registration to leave no one behindpatwariWed, 09/22/2021 - 13:04 This virtual  side event of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly marks the first public announcement of the transfer of the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems (CoE) - founded in 2015 and hosted to date at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) - to UNFPA. The transition underscores a growing partnership between UNFPA, IDRC, Global Affairs Canada and the Global Financing Facility (GFF), to expand the reach of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) technical support worldwide. I...
Source: UNFPA News - September 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: patwari Source Type: news

Volcano Erupts On Spanish Island Near Morocco
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Source: Reuters: Health - September 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Morocco: Moroccan Najia El Abbadi Elected Head of World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies
[MAP] Geneva -- Moroccan professor Najia El Abbadi has been elected president of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WEFNS) for the period 2021-2023. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Scientists find evidence of humans making clothes 120,000 years ago
Tools and bones in Moroccan cave could be some of earliest evidence of the hallmark human behaviourFrom themedieval fashion for pointy shoes to Victorian waist-squeezing corsets and modern furry onesies, what we wear is a window to our past.Now researchers say they have found some of the earliest evidence of humans using clothing in a cave in Morocco, with the discovery of bone tools and bones from skinned animals suggesting the practice dates back at least 120,000 years.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 16, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Science correspondent Tags: Anthropology Archaeology Fashion Evolution Morocco Source Type: news

Morocco ’s king appoints billionaire Akhannouch to head government after election win
King Mohammed VI asks businessman to form government after his RNI party trounced the long-ruling Islamists (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Long-ruling Islamists appear to suffer crushing defeat in Morocco election
With nearly all votes in, results show unexpected win for liberal parties, collapse of support for Justice and Development Party, with... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Morocco: 'Morocco Made Exceptional Efforts to Hold Elections Despite Covid-19 Constraints'
[MAP] Casablana -- Morocco has made exceptional efforts at all levels to hold legislative, regional and communal elections, despite the constraints related to the Covid-19 pandemic, said, Wednesday in Casablanca, Secretary General of the Constitutional Union (UC), Mohamed Sajid. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 9, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Islamists See Big Losses in Moroccan Parliamentary Elections
The moderate Justice and Development Party may have lost control of Parliament, according to early results, in the latest defeat for... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Moroccans elect new leaders in shadow of virus
Moroccans are choosing a new parliament and local leaders in elections reshaped by the pandemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Parties campaign ahead of Morocco's pivotal elections
Politicians from dozens of political parties were campaigning for a final day Tuesday, trying to reach out to millions of Moroccans despite social distancing measures a day before pivotal legislative, regional and local elections (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Morocco starts vaccinating children ages 12 to 17
Morocco has launched a campaign to administer COVID-19 vaccines to children from 12 to 17 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Morocco: Covid-19 - New Measures to Ensure 'Reliability' of Tests (Ministry)
[MAP] Rabat -- The Ministry of Health announced, Monday, the implementation of new measures to address "the problems of discordant results of diagnostic tests of Covid-19 caused for different reasons," stating that they will come into force "within the next three days". (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 31, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Morocco: High-Level Meeting in Rabat On Upsurge of Cases of Falsification in Morocco and Abroad of Health Documents Related to Covid-19
[MAP] Rabat -- A high-level meeting was held, on Tuesday at the headquarters of the Interior Ministry in Rabat, following the upsurge in cases of falsification in Morocco and abroad of health documents related to COVID 19, in particular PCR certificates and vaccine passes. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 25, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Fatal poisoning of pregnant women by Peganum harmala L.: a case reports - Ghizlane EA, Manal M, Ines HA, Soufiane D, Moussa L, Houssam B, Brahim H.
INTRODUCTION: Peganum harmala L. is a cosmopolitan plant within the Mediterranean region. It's normally employed in ancient drugs in Morocco as sedative and abortifacient however exposes users to the danger of dose and poisoning. The medical specialty acti... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Poisoning Source Type: news

Op-Ed: Doctors like me have a lot of anger at this new COVID-19 surge
The latest coronavirus wave is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. It didn't have to happen. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - August 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mark Morocco Source Type: news

Statement on COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
2 August 2021, Cairo, Egypt –  As of 31 July, WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region has reported almost 12.6 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 236 000 deaths. Many countries are reporting a substantial increase in the number of cases and deaths over the past month, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Somalia. An average of 363 000 new cases and 4300 deaths have been reported across the Region on a weekly basis over the last 4 weeks, marking a 67% and 24% increase in the number of cases and deaths, respectively, compared to the previous month.&nb...
Source: WHO EMRO News - August 2, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Israel officially launches direct flights to Morocco
Seven months after Israel and Morocco normalized relations, El Al and Israir both launched their first direct Tel Aviv-Marrakesh flights... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Guant ánamo Detainee Transferred To Morocco In First Release Under Biden
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Source: Reuters: Health - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US transfers Guant ánamo Bay detainee to home country of Morocco
A Moroccan man held in Guantánamo Bay for nearly 20 years has been transferred from the US detention facility to his native country of... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Morocco: Tunisia Receives Medical Equipment From Morocco
[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- Two Moroccan military planes have landed at the Tunis Carthage Airport with the aim to set up a field hospital to support Tunisia's efforts to counter the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 situation critical in WHO ’s Eastern Mediterranean Region
13 July 2021 – After a decline in COVID-19 cases and deaths across WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region for 8 consecutive weeks, several countries are seeing a significant increase in new cases and deaths.  Significant increases in COVID-19 cases have been reported from Libya, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, and Tunisia. Lebanon and Morocco have also started to see a rise in cases, with an exponential increase expected in these 2 countries in the coming weeks. “We are reaching a critical point for COVID-19 in our Region,” said Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Med...
Source: WHO EMRO News - July 13, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Tunisia: Tunisia 5th African Country in Terms of Administered Covid-19 Vaccines (Moh)
[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- Tunisia is the 5th African country and the 2nd in North Africa, after Morocco, in terms of the number of administered COVID-19 vaccines (1.5 million so far), Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi said Friday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Update on COVID-19 in WHO ’s Eastern Mediterranean Region
9 June 2021 – As of 08 June 2021 (11:59 PM), the Eastern Mediterranean Region has reported 10 353 336 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 206 573 deaths. While the total number of cases has declined over the past 6 weeks and the number of deaths stabilized, 9 countries reported an increase in cases last week, compared to the previous week. These include Somalia, Sudan and Afghanistan, who reported the highest increase in cases. Eleven countries reported an increase in deaths last week, with the highest numbers reported from Sudan, Afghanistan and Morocco.  Variants of concern (VOC) continue to circulate acr...
Source: WHO EMRO News - June 9, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Problematic use of nitrous oxide by young Moroccan-Dutch adults - Nabben T, Weijs J, van Amsterdam J.
The recreational use of nitrous oxide (N2O; laughing gas) has largely expanded in recent years. Although incidental use of nitrous oxide hardly causes any health damage, problematic or heavy use of nitrous oxide can lead to serious adverse effects. Amsterd... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

Morocco: Unemployment and Conflict - How Covid-19 Has Affected Women
[The Conversation Africa] Across the world, COVID-19 has completely disrupted lives. This includes the activities and social affairs within households. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 28, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Morocco moves to vaccinate prison inmates 45 and up
About 300 inmates in a prison near the Moroccan capital have been vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of what authorities say is a commitment to protect a population considered especially vulnerable (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Spain vows to restore order after thousands swim into Ceuta from Morocco
Armored vehicles were guarding Ceuta's beach on Tuesday, and soldiers and police used batons to clear migrants from the beach. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spain and Morocco in diplomatic crisis after 8,000 migrants enter Spanish territory
A rift has deepened between Spain and Morocco after thousands of migrants tried to enter Spanish territory. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spain Sends Troops to African Enclave After Migrant Crossings Jump
More than 8,000 people have crossed from Morocco to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta since Monday, creating a humanitarian emergency and... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Morocco dispatches humanitarian help to gaza
King Mohammed VI instructed the government to dispatch emergency humanitarian aid for Palestinians as part of Morocco’s commitment (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Op-Ed: The CDC's new COVID mask guidance creates a confusing 'new normal'
Many questions remain about loosening COVID restrictions for vaccinated people, and we may not get those answers anytime soon. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - May 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mark Morocco Source Type: news

India ’s COVID-19 Disaster May Be Turning Into an Even Bigger Global Crisis
High in the thin air of the Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Sherpas and climbers used to walk freely from one group of tents to another, holding gatherings, singing and dancing. Now the Sherpas who escort climbers to the summit have a new job: enforcing unofficial social-distancing rules. “Climbing Everest is always a matter of life and death,” says Phunuru Sherpa. “But this year the risk has been doubled due to COVID.” Already, dozens of people with suspected COVID-19 have been evacuated by helicopter. The outbreak reflects a broader one across Nepal, which shares a long, porous border with India...
Source: TIME: Health - May 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Billy Perrigo Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Londontime Magazine South Asia Source Type: news

Giant sea lizard fossil shows diversity of life before asteroid hit
(University of Bath) Scientists have identified the fossil of a giant mosasaur in Morocco that grew up to 8 metres long. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 12, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Africa Goes Digital
Viral Facts Africa, a first of its kind African initiative to combat health misinformation online, was launched recently by the World Health Organization (WHO) and a network of fact-checking organizations and leading public health bodies. By Cristina DuarteUNITED NATIONS, May 7 2021 (IPS) In rebuilding after COVID-19, policymakers must invest in innovative technology to leapfrog obstacles to inclusive development. Africa has enjoyed strong economic growth for most of the 21st century, mainly because of robust global demand for primary commodities. But the “Africa Rising” narrative that accompanied this growth ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cristina Duarte Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Woman from Mali gives birth to 9 babies in Morocco
Mali’s Ministry of Health says a Malian woman has given birth to nine babies after only expecting seven (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Inside Moroccan maternity ward where Malian mother gave birth to record breaking NINE babies
Halima Cisse, 25, and all five girls and four boys are 'doing fine' after a cesarean section in Morocco. Should all nine babies survive, the birth would break the current world record. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Morocco: Covid-19 - Vaccinations Scheduled for 1st May Postponed to 3rd May (Ministry of Health)
[MAP] Rabat -- Covid-19 vaccinations scheduled for Saturday, 1st May are postponed to Monday, 3rd May, and will be administered in the same vaccination centers initially planned, the Ministry of Health announced Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 29, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Morocco: Rabat - Ban of Any Gathering On Public Road Representing a Violation of State of Health Emergency - Local Authorities
[MAP] Rabat -- The Wilaya of the region of Rabat-Sal é-Kénitra has announced the ban of any gathering on the public road representing a violation of the state of health emergency and a threat to the safety of citizens, following a call to hold a sit-in in front of the Parliament on Tuesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 27, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Morocco: Covid-19 - Vaccination Campaign Extended to People Aged 55 to 60
[MAP] Rabat -- The national COVID-19 vaccination campaign will be extended from Tuesday to those aged 55 to 60, the ministry of Health announced on Monday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 26, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Drug addict 'strangled' his penis after metal ring became stuck
The 36-year-old man was given emergency surgery at Marrakech University Hospital in Morocco after leaving the ring on for 12 hours. (Pictured: The electric saw medics used to cut off the metal) (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Morocco: Covid-19 - 364 New Cases Over Past 24 Hours (Health Ministry)
[MAP] Rabat -- A total of 364 new COVID-19 cases have been reported and 273 COVID-19 patients have recovered in the past 24 hours in Morocco, the health ministry said on Sunday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 19, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Criminal poisoning in Morocco: data from the Morocco Poison Control and Pharmacovigilance Centre (1980-2014) - Boukhorb S, Rhalem N, Hmimou S, Soulaymani A, Mokhtari A, Soulaymani-Bencheikh R, Hmimou R, Hami H.
INTRODUCTION: intentional poisoning is a major public health problem in both developed and developing countries. The purpose of this study is to describe the epidemiological features of criminal intoxication in Morocco. METHOD: we conducted a retro... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Child sexual abuse and COVID-19 pandemic: another side effect of lockdown in Morocco - Mekaoui N, Aouragh H, Jeddi Y, Rhalem H, Dakhama BSB, Karboubi L.
The World Health Organization has declared SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) a pandemic in March 11, 2020 [1]. The Kingdom of Morocco declared a state of health emergency from March 20 to June 24, 2020 and strict containment measures have been implemented including sc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Africa: Nigeria Administers 2nd Highest Doses in Africa - WHO
[Vanguard] With 964,387 vaccinations carried out as of 6th of April, Nigeria, which received 3.92 million vaccine doses, has carried out more vaccinations than any other country in Africa except Morocco. However, the country has only administered the first shot, no one has been fully vaccinated. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 15, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Flying giant pterosaurs had longer neck than a giraffe, say experts
Intact remains, discovered in Morocco, may help engineers create stronger lightweight structuresPterosaurs, one of the first and largest vertebrates to learn to fly, have often been seen as the cool cousins of the infamous Tyrannosaurus rex.Now scientists have discovered the 100m-year-old secret to the success of the flying pterosaur: a neck longer than a giraffe.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 14, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Rhi Storer Tags: Dinosaurs Science Fossils Biology UK news Zoology Source Type: news

Morocco: Covax - Morocco Receives First Allocation of Anti-Covid Vaccine
[MAP] Rabat -- Morocco has benefited from a first allocation of anti-Covid19 vaccine under the COVAX mechanism, the health ministry announced on Thursday, stressing that additional doses will be allocated to the Kingdom in the coming weeks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 9, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

WHO Regional Director's statement for virtual press briefing, 1 April
1 April 2021 – I would like to welcome you all today to this press briefing, and also I would like to give a warm welcome to my colleague Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. WHO and UNICEF have a long history of working hand in hand to address some of the most urgent issues related to the health and well-being of all people in our Region. This solid partnership is at its strongest now during the COVID-19 pandemic, when we are facing a global threat that requires even more coordinated efforts. I am proud that our teams – together with many other partners – are ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 1, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Hope & Numbers: What will it take to Tip the Scales on Climate Action?
The UN says global temperature rise could lead to more frequent and more intense extreme weather events, such as prolonged droughts or devastating floods. Nations are “nowhere close” to the level of action needed to fight global warming, according to a UN climate action report released February 2021. The study urged countries to adopt stronger and more ambitious plans to reach the Paris Agreement goals, and limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, by the end of the century. Credit: WFP/Matteo CosorichBy Naomi GoodmanAMSTERDAM, the Netherlands, Mar 24 2021 (IPS) We should be well on the way to solving ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Naomi Goodman Tags: Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
The Commission The Commission on the Social Determinants of Health in the Eastern Mediterranean was established in 2019 by the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean as an independent, expert Commission. The Commission has conducted an extensive review of health inequities in the Region and has produced a report "Build back fairer: achieving health equity in the Eastern Mediterranean Region". The report provides detailed analysis of the status of health inequities and a list of actionable recommendations. The work of the Commission puts social justice and health equity at the centre of all acti...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 22, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news