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United Nations Tanzania co-ordinator reassures Zanzibar
and Pemba islanders of continued Development Support

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The United Nations (UN) in Tanzania on Wednesday pledged its continued support to the Zanzibar archipelago toward the implementation of development projects.

Alvaro Rodriguez, the UN resident co-ordinator for Tanzania, made the assurance to Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein during talks at Zanzibar’s State House, said a statement issued by the Zanzibar presidency.

Rodriguez said all development projects being implemented by UN agencies on the islands aimed at raising the welfare of the people will continue to be undertaken, according to the statement.

The statement said Rodriguez went to Zanzibar to bid farewell to President Shein at the end of his diplomatic stint in Tanzania.

He said the UN is impressed by economic reforms being undertaken by Shein’s administration, saying UN agencies are optimistic that the reforms will improve economic growth in Zanzibar in the years ahead, said the statement.

The UN coordinator said the UN will continue supporting Zanzibar in the implementation of development projects in various areas, including education, health, good governance, environmental protection and the fight against gender violence, according to the statement.


nited Nations Tanzania resident co-ordinator Alvaro Rodriguez  | Coastweek

PEMBA -- United Nations Tanzania resident co-ordinator Alvaro Rodriguez seen while visiting UNFPA’s ‘Afya Bora ya Mama na Mtoto’ maternity ward health facility on Pemba island.
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.


Tanzania’s Zanzibar 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 life-threatening disease.

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 spray.

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 this campaign."

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 rights.

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 challenge.

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 Pemba



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