Zanzibar Outreach Programme was founded in 2006 by Zanzibaris living in Zanzibar and some living in the UK diaspora, with the objective of reaching members of society on the island who were in need of basic social services.
In 2006 an executive committee was carefully chosen, made up of people who were satisfied enough with their lives to preclude self interest and ensure that the integrity of ZOP principles was duly safeguarded. Initially out of their own pockets and with the crucial support of the then Director of Zanzibar’s main Mnazi Mmoja Hospital Dr Abdallah Mabodi and Director General of the Ministry of Health Dr Malick Abdalla, the first health programs began; Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), under Dr Naufal, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Obs/Gyn) outreach medical camps, under Dr Khadija Said, both in Pemba.
MoU with Mnazi Mmoja Hospital
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that remains in place today under the supervision of Mnazi Mmoja’s current Director Dr Jamala Taib, was drawn up to sanction doctors from the hospital working a designated amount of days a year at ZOP camps in Pemba’s Chake Chake and Wete hospitals. The doctors were given free reign to relinquish their days off, usually now done quarterly, to volunteer for one-day medical camps in the rural areas of the archipelago.
By 2007 ZOP had expanded their outreach work to include water projects and charity distribution.