by Peter Orengo
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has poured $3.6 Million to construct facilities in Tanzania targetting at contributing to uplifting the lives of more than 300, 000 people.
The country’s humanitarian arm Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has constructed two housing complexes with health and educational facilities, as well as a motherhood and childhood centre, collectively valued at $3.6m (AED13.1m) and will directly benefit 261,280 people.
An ERC delegation headed by the assistant secretary-general for Support Services at the ERC, Mohammed Yousef Al Fahim, also visited Tanzania.
The $572,000 (AED2.1m) motherhood and childhood centre was opened in Zanzibar with the aim of providing healthcare and treatment services to 42,000 people annually.
The centre aims to improve the conditions of women and children in Zanzibar, care for mothers and their newborn babies, and reduce the death rate of women during pregnancy and childbirth.
During the visit, the delegation also inspected the construction progress on a $3m (AED11.19m) project comprising two housing complexes on the island of Pemba Ingoga, which include two health clinics, two schools, two mosques, 30 shops and water services, benefitting more than 280,000 people.
The delegation also distributed bags, school supplies and food to beneficiaries in the Ingoga region of Zanzibar, and learnt about their needs and basic requirements, according to state-run news agency, Wam.
The secretary-general of the ERC, Dr Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, said: “The ERC has paid special attention to housing, education, health and water issues in Tanzania, so these projects are among its top priorities.”
“The ERC’s development initiatives in Tanzania embody the UAE’s universal message of supporting people and easing their suffering. They also affirm the directives of the UAE’s leadership to ensure giving to all without exception,” Al Falahi added.