Best of Zanzibar inayo furaha kubwa kutangaza kuanzishwa rasmi masomo ya afya na usafi wa mazingira kwa wanajamii wa maeneno Kijini na Mbuyu Tende kazikazini mashariki mwa kisiwa cha Unguja.
Elimu ya Afya na Usafi wa Mazingira inatolewa kuwasaidia wananchi wa Unguja Kaskazini kubadilisha tabia zao na kujiepusha na maradhi yatokanayo na ukosefu wa elimu ya usafi. Kupitia mradi huu wananichi wa Kijini, Mbuyu Tende na maeneo mengine ya Kaskazini Unguja, watafaidika kupata maji safi na salama.’
Seven Health Officers from the Department of Environmental Health at the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) have come together to teach community leaders, teachers and school children safe and practical hygiene practices and its importance. The objective of the Health and Sanitation Education is to promote positive hygiene-related behaviour change practices by kuelimisha umuhimu wa afya na usafi wamazingira kwa viongozi wa jamii, wakiwemo masheha na wasaidizi wao, walimu na wanafunzi, kwenye vikundi mbali mbali kama vya akina mama, wavuvi na vijana, na kwenye mahospitali wakati wa kiliniki za kina mama. Madhumuni ya elimu hii ni kubadili tabia na mtazamo wa jamii kujenga tabia chanya katika Maisha yao ya kila siku.
Best of Zanzibar’s Health Officers will continue with community public health forums yearly, where the communities will learn more about safe health practices, as well as to gain more knowledge on specific topics such as disease prevention and gender-related matters.
We will also conduct puberty and menstrual education in the schools where we will have same gender group discussions on different health topics about the changes they face as adolescents. Sessions with both adolescent girls and boys aimed to develop a measure to assess young people’s knowledge about puberty, sexual development and to examine knowledge in relation to age, gender, and school. Our aim is to reduce the number of school days missed by girls during their period.
After a survey, it was noted that there are very few toilets in Mbuyu Tende and Kijini, resulting to open defecation by the members of the community which can lead to numerous health-related concerns. Best of Zanzibar will work hand in hand with the communities to construct toilets at strategically placed sites, and provide education about its importance in relation to health and disease prevention.
Together with the Ministry of Health Zanzibar, we conducted Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), an approach to the motivate community on toilet building, we have provided knowledge to the local community volunteers who will motivate others in the villages on the effective ways of ending open defecation and toilet building.
Best of Zanzibar in conjunction with Blue Amber Zanzibar and Zanzibar Water Authority (ZAWA) will install an 11.5km pipeline from the existing ZAWA water main at Kijini/Mkwajuni Road Junction. For those areas where the pipeline will not reach, Best of Zanzibar will work with the communities to install boreholes to ensure that water is available to all members of the villages and all schools.
Best of Zanzibar will set up wash stations at strategic points along the incoming water line for laundry, health, hygiene and sanitation purposes.