ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
Zanzibar, Tanzania’s semi-autonomous archipelago,
on Wednesday launched a cleanliness campaign in two tourist
villages aimed at boosting the tourism industry in the Indian
The campaign, dubbed
“Best of Zanzibar”, seeks to change the situation in Isles and
is being executed by health experts from the State University of
Zanzibar (SUZA) and ordinary islanders.
Nahya Khamis Nassor,
Best of Zanzibar Project Officer, said that the campaign is to
be carried out in Zanzibar’s Northern Unguja Region in a bid to
boost tourism after a research found that unhygienic conditions
in the area, which in turn threatened both residents and
A study carried out
last year in the villages of Kijini and Mbuyu Tende, which
heavily depend on tourism, found that in every 100 houses only
three to four had latrines, posing a serious threat to
SUZA official said
that last year’s research showed that if things were left they
way they were, the lifeline of the villages—tourism—was in
danger as well as the health of both residents and visitors.
Nassor said experts
from SUZA had begun with cleanliness education for primary
school pupils in the two villages, adding that the program will
be carried out in five phases.
“Local leader and
their deputies, teachers, women and youth groups, fishermen and
health centers will also be reached,” Nassor said.
The aim of the
project is to kick out recurrent waterborne diseases especially
cholera, diarrhea and other ailments that have turned the
potential tourism hotspot into a somewhat risky place to visit
and live in, Nassor said.
He emphasized that
the project also seeks to create awareness on cleanliness with
the view to making area residents take matters of health and
hygiene into their hands.