Rodriguez said he looks forward to continued implementation of
the UN-Zanzibar Joint Program for 2018-2021 that focuses on
addressing maternal deaths, gender-based violence, and
coordination on the implementation of the UN’s sustainable
development goals, said the statement.
For his part, President Shein thanked the UN for its
development support to Zanzibar that focuses on improving the
living standards of the people, according to the statement.
announces new campaign to eliminate malaria
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s Zanzibar archipelago has
announced a new campaign aimed at eliminating malaria by 2023.
Harusi Said Suleiman, Zanzibar deputy health minister, has
said that the campaign involves all key players in ending the
With a population of about 1.4 million, the prevalence of
malaria in Zanzibar is below one per cent.
The minister cited some of the strategies that are being used
in the anti-malaria campaign—household surveillance, which is
coupled with treatment using Artemisinin Combination Therapy
(ACT), use of Insecticide Treated Nets and indoor residual
In this campaign, the deputy minister said:
"We’re also encouraging communities and individuals to take
ownership of the malaria fight, as well as sensitizing the
public on the need to ensure their environment are clean."
"Our target is to see Zanzibar is free from the disease," she
said when commenting on this year’s World Malaria Day themed
"Zero malaria starts with me."
She added: "I am sure we meet this target.
"I appeal for national and international partners to chip in
The official insisted that Zanzibar government continue to
provide treated mosquito nets free of charge to pregnant women
and children in all health facilities as part of the campaign to
end the disease.
Tanzania’s Zanzibar calls
for action to tame rising cases of child abuse
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s archipelago of Zanzibar has
called on stakeholders to support the government’s efforts to
tame rising cases of child abuse.
Riziki Pembe Juma, Zanzibar’s minister for Education and
Vocational Training made the remarks when speaking to
journalists who attended a three-day training on children’s
She said Zanzibar cannot meet the Sustainable Development
Goals if the current trend of child abuse leaves unattended.
Juma said that despite imposing laws leading to tough
punishment against violence perpetrators, child abuse cases have
been increasing on daily basis and the perpetrators are often
their close relatives.
The immediate and long term social, health and economic
consequences of violence against women and children represent a
key challenge to national development, she said, appealing to
media practitioners to focus on the area and address the
The minister said that Zanzibar government was ready to work
closely with media practitioners in ending the crime.
Maha Damaj, The United Nations Children’s Fund representative
in Zanzibar, said the culture of silence in Zanzibar has been a
cause for child abuse where parents kept silent when their
children fall victims to torture and physical assaults.
She said that UN was ready to support the Zanzibar government
to end rampant abuse to children and women in the island.
UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania UN Resident Coordinator
and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez (right)
visits UNFPA’s ‘Afya Bora ya Mama na Mtoto’ maternity ward in