ARUSHA, Tanzania, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme on Tuesday pledged to support the health sector in Tanzania's Zanzibar by providing specialist doctors.
Olivier Adam, Executive Coordinator of United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, made the pledge during his talks with his host, Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein.
The two discussed a number of issues including ways on how to cement the existing relationship.
Adam also pledged continued support to Zanzibar's development endeavour, noting that UNV works with experienced personnel who can assist Zanzibar in a number of sectors.
According to him, UNV programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.
It works with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well-supported UN volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism.
For his part, Shein called on the UNV to assist Zanzibar for science subject teachers in secondary schools.
He said despite government efforts to sensitize students to learn subjects, a deficit of teachers is a major challenge.
He appealed to the UNV to help Zanzibar with specialist doctors to conduct complicated surgeries as the government strives to train its own doctors.
He also commended UNV programme for its crucial roles in the implementation of different development projects in the archipelago.
Shein revealed that the UNV programme has for years supported Zanzibar's development in the health, agriculture and several other sectors.