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Recognising the need of community involvement in co-developing eye health education strategies, we aim to expand the existing partnership with the Ministries of Health and Education and Vocational Training to the Ministry of Culture, community members, local professional bodies and artistic groups to form an interdisciplinary partnership: Zanzibar Arts for Child Eyesight (ZANZI-ACE).

Through a multi-sectoral partnership and consultation workshops, we will develop a Theory of Change (ToC) with our project partners and a wide range of key stakeholders in Zanzibar (both the main islands of Unguja and Pemba) to ensure we understand local needs, attitudes and behaviours with regards to the potential of utising an arts-based approach to improving the uptake of child eye health services in Zanzibar.  

The project is implemented by Queen's University Belfast, the Ministry of Health, Social Welfare, Elderly, Gender and Children Zanzibar and Tanzanian Optometry Association. The ZANZI-ACE project is funded by ESRC Impact Acceleration Account scheme.

The Partnership Consultation Workshops for Zanzibar Arts for Children’s Eyesight (ZANZI-ACE) was conducted from 20th -to 22nd April 2021. About 40 key stakeholders drawn from Eye Health, Education, Culture, Civil Society and the Community attended the meeting. 

Click here for the full ZANZIACE workshop report and Dr Chan's previous work on utilising comic booklets to share eye health messages:

Improving eye health using a child-to-child approach in Bariadi, Tanzania
Ving F. ChanHasan MintoEden Mashayo and Kovin S. Naidoo

To encourage participation of Zanzibari artists in co-developing the muscial performances for the ZANZI-ACE project, a competition was held from 30 April 2021 to 30 June 2021. The best productions were selectedby a panel of technical and music experts, based on musical quality, the relevance of the message, song’s originality and the inclusion of the key eye health messages. The samples for ZANZI-ACE music material can be accessed at 




World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment and is held on the second Thursday in October each year. This year’s theme is Love your Eyes”, aiming to raise awareness of eye health in terms of the value of good eyesight by protecting eyes from harm and wearing protective gears to prevent the eyes from avoidable causes of blindness and preserve good eyesight.

This event was conducted through the Eye Care Coordination office, the Primary Eye Care Unit and Eye Department and jointly with Zanzibar Arts for Children’s Eyesight (ZANZI-ACE) project through Queen’s University Belfast support. It was a great opportunity for the Eye Care Unit to hold the World Sight Day event and promote eye health care issues, especially in eye health-seeking behaviour changes and getting the treatment at a proper time to prevent sight loss. The events were held at Nungwi, North of Unguja, and Kinyasini in Pemba Island. The ZANZI-ACE music competition winners were also awarded their certificates during the event. The samples for ZANZI-ACE music material can be accessed at 

Downlaod the full World Sight Day Report 2021 to read all about the exciting work in Zanzibar!