Consanguineous marriage in Morocco is a risk factor for hereditary metabolic diseases also called rare diseases.
Consanguineous marriages are generally prohibited by law in Europe and America. However, the rules concerning kinship and the notion of consanguineous marriage differ from one country to another. In Morocco, no law is required to structure or regulate this type of union.
According to the author, representatives of civil society must raise awareness of this practice, mainly because of the risks of transmission of defective genes to descendants.
According to the registers of the metabolic platform at the Faculty of Medicine of Marrakech, 76% of patients with hereditary metabolic diseases (rare diseases) come from consanguineous marriages. Rare diseases in Morocco are not at all rare.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.