The Kingdom of Morocco assist, in solidarity and humanitarian action, its brotherly friendly countries through the deployment of its field hospitals, as was the case for the deployment of the multi-specialty FAR hospital in Beirut, following the explosion that devastated the Lebanese capital. It is an extension of the accumulation of many decades of experience in humanitarian missions inside and outside the Kingdom.
The Moroccan military medicine has demonstrated, over the years, its permanent involvement in the provision of basic medical treatments, supporting various countries in various crises and disasters and by bringing them back to life, helping to mitigate their repercussions, indicating that military health was and still is strongly present in various parts of the world.
The professor, who cited the example of field hospitals deployed under United Nations supervision as part of peacekeeping missions in many countries, such as the DRC, Côte d'Ivoire, Central Africa and Kosovo, underlined that military hospitals perform strategic missions in several regions of the world.
Military field hospital for Lebanese people
Launched last August 10, this medical structure made the Kingdom a striking example in terms of popularizing the culture of solidarity and mutual aid with sisterly countries around the world while strengthening its effective role in the preservation of human health.
The Moroccan military hospital in Beirut, deployed on the high instructions of HM King Mohammed VI to provide medical services to the victims of the explosion that rocked the port of the Lebanese capital, constitutes a model to follow and a distinguished experience in the military medicine.
Through its services provided to different segments of Lebanese society and foreigners residing in Lebanon, the Moroccan Hospital reflected the fundamental principles of military medicine, which has always demonstrated its commitment and strong involvement in the promotion of the health sector, in particular by facilitating access to basic medical treatment.
To better fulfil its missions, the military health service trains a large number of military general practitioners, specialists, and nurses to manage medical facilities and provide quality medical services and treatment.
The medical staff of the Moroccan military hospital of the Moroccan hospital deployed in Beirut is made up of 46 doctors from various specialties, including general surgery, orthopedics and joint medicine, neurology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, gynecology, obstetrical surgery, resuscitation, repair surgery for burns, anesthesia, pediatrics and general medicine.
This medical staff, which embodies the strong will of HM King Mohammed VI to bring urgent medical aid to Lebanon, is also made up of specialist nurses and support staff who ensure good management of the hospital.
History of Morocco military hospital abroad
The first military medical mission abroad is to give the necessary aid for the Moroccan troops engaged in operations, the first one was in Congo in 1960, the second was for the benefit of the Moroccan contingent in Zaire in 1977-1978, in addition to the Advanced Surgical Hospital which provided medical support to the profit of the troops projected in the Sinai and the Golan in 1973. The mission of the Medical Corps providing support within the framework of the international missions would gradually tend towards the humanitarian aspect, by caring for the civilian population in a crisis. The mission of the Health Service, in support of a Somali population in distress, as part of the UNOSOM operation, between 1992 and 1994, was to constitute a major turning point in the development of medical and humanitarian missions.
Since then, the list of projections of Moroccan military health personnel in humanitarian missions extended in 1996. This was the case due to the medical support to the Bosnian population, provided within the framework of IFOR, by a team of around thirty Element of the FAR Health Service. The town of Pristina, in Kosovo, cannot forget the humanitarian commitment displayed by the health service of the FAR, within the framework of KFOR, between 1999 and 2005.
During the 2000s, the Campaign Medico-Surgical Hospitals underwent significant adaptations dictated by the constant evolution of the nature of the missions entrusted to the Armed Forces. The FAR health service would subsequently find itself engaged in purely humanitarian medical support missions.
The evocation of missions of this kind refers to the deployment to Maradi, Nigeria, in July 2005, to medical support to the refugee camp at Choucha, then to Zarzis in Tunisia, in 2001, and to the FAR medical mission in Congo Brazzaville, in March 2012, following the explosion of an ammunition depot.
The list of missions carried out by the FAR Health Service in this register remains open, since after the last interventions for the benefit of the civilian population of Gaza, in 2009 and 2012, a military field hospital was deployed until our days, since August 2012, for the benefit of Syrian refugees, in the Zaâtari camp, in Jordan.