Morocco Has Highest Female Suicide Rate in North Africa


Rabat – On World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a 2016 world suicide report. 

According to the report’s interactive world map, Morocco shows 3.6 female suicide deaths per 100,000 people. The kingdom has the highest female suicide rate in North Africa.

In 2016, Morocco recorded 1,014 suicides, of which 613 are women. 

The rates in other North African countries remained below 3.0. Libya showed the second-highest female suicide rate (2.3), followed by Tunisia (2.2), Algeria (1.8), and finally Egypt (1.7).

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Female vs male suicide rates in Morocco

While Morocco scored the highest female suicide rate in North Africa, the country has the lowest male suicide rate. Per 100,000 people, 2.5 Moroccan males committed suicide.

In comparison, Tunisia scored a rate of 4.4, followed by Algeria with a 4.9 rate. Egypt and Libya showed much higher rates. Egypt’s suicide rate reached 7.2, while Libya scored a high rate of 8.7. 

WHO International Suicide Data

According to WHO’s data, “close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds.”

“Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds globally,” says the organization. Globally, 79% of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries.