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Zanzibar, the fun and village malaria fight, with love



Before I aimed for Matemwe village some tens of kilometres away from Unguja on Saturday,I spent a night on the urban side in sight of the expansive Indian Ocean waters.

I spent time walking though the narrow streets on this Zenj town,starting from a mosque at Kizimkazi on the Southern tip of Unguja(I was told it is said to have been built in 1107 AD) through Mkunazini to Ngome Kongwe ,aiming for Forodhani as darkness edged closer.

Before Ngome Kongwe,a brief walk in the narrow streets took me to some of the oldest mosques here, ,51 of them located within this old town.

After 7pm,it was fun fun fun at Forodhani as locals and tourists engage in ‘an evening match’ with coastal Swahili food.

Here,local men who are excellent at roasting and frying coastal food,boast of making this sort of food the best way. “That coastal food made in Dar is an imitation.”Salmim Said originally from Pemba told me.

The following day,I travelled to Tunguu village south of Unguja and Matemwe village,with particular interest in their earlier struggles with malaria,and the apparently reported successes.

A day ealier,I read my colleague Erick Kabendera’s piece on this forum, “Foreign aid is fuelling poverty”,with keen interest.

Yet,as I record successes against malaria here,officials fear that ‘the likelihood of donors and the government withdrawing support due to the recorded success is a major concern.’

Mwinyi Msellem, head of the diagnostic unit at the Zanzibar Malaria Control Programme (ZMCP) told me.

In the context of health funding,may my colleague’s argument be flawed or not?

Watch this space.

an evening scene by forodhani

locals and tourists enjoying swahili food at Forodhani zanzibar

A TOUCH WITH AGE AND BEAUTY Narrow streets on Ungunja through Mkunazini

Call it the sun downer,as viewed from Forodhani towards 7pm

Forodhani in the evening hours before it is flooded with swahili food under the dark

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  1. Yasser Mziba

    29/09/2010 at 12:08 pm

    I would need to come here more often, you sound like a desert. Did you mbatata za urojo? Anyway Subalkheri, Mr. Kiishweko.
    My take on the piece, It appears that Haji Mselemu is sad the funds are getting cut off. I sympathize with him. But, why they never made those projects sustainable. Where are fees and taxation money do not support. Where do the money go? ok there is so many expense to the general public. Why doesn’t he next time he gets program-me maybe he could plan a little incidental project or programee for sustainability purpose. he should diversify. Who was his CEO? Ask Sheikh Karume au Sheikh Sefu where is the accounting records. I mean, Not theirs, but from business communities. How we gonna estimate growth if we do not have a reliable accounting numbers. and that goes to both bara and visiwani. I understand govenance is very important, but then for whoever gonna be the next prez, then what is he/she is going to address this issue. It makes harder to get funds for direct investment, that all i am saying. Wanyamwezi would love to see reliable numbers comming from East Africa for planning purposes. but you guys are doing good job. They like to see some kind of Evidence.

  2. Yasser Mziba

    29/09/2010 at 12:19 pm

    Tell mselem to create a tourist destination. then profit will help to support funds the clinic. I grew up in Ujiji, it’s like Zanzibar culture wise. Tourist likes to go into the locals communities once and while, Youths could make some money and maybe tourist will buy something make it like a culture destinations of some-sort. Chip proposal to the government in the are of poverty alleviation. it a mandate either we like or not. The government will make money from taxes. It will recover cost at some point.

  3. Driving Gloves

    25/10/2010 at 10:42 am

    How we gonna estimate growth if we do not have a reliable accounting numbers.

  4. Shaban

    04/11/2010 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Orton how are you my e mail adress is may search my name at facebook Shaban Ramadhan. Its Shaban Ramadhan from Mabibo Hostel

  5. Mziba

    09/11/2010 at 1:42 am

    Thanks Driving Gloves and Shaaban Ramadhan. Its a solvable little trouble.

  6. Orton

    26/11/2010 at 3:07 pm

    Driving Gloves,great question

  7. Safaris in Tanzania

    24/02/2011 at 8:27 am

    Nice shots of Forodhani and Zenj at large. Makes me really miss the place. Well, the antimalarial campaign should indeed be an ongoing campaign and no efforts should be spared in ensuring there are resources available for that. I really do not believe you can totally eradicate existence of mosquitoes in the island, so I would rather say malaria has just been controlled to a remarkable level. Not as it is being viewed that the killer disease has been eradicated for Good..

  8. Tom

    27/07/2011 at 11:21 am


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