For developing and maintaining healthy, active and productive manpower, the Zanzibar University Dispensary (Al-Zahraa Dispensary) provides curative and preventive medicines to students, staff families (wife or husband, and for staff own children) free of charge, while people from the neighbouring villages pay for the medicines only.

Services are offered through the outpatient, pharmacy and laboratory sections. The dispensary operates during official hours from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm from Monday to Friday. However, plans are under way to extend the medical services in the weekends and during the night time. Emergency cases at the dispensary are referred to the Mnazi Mmoja Referral Hospital in Zanzibar Town, or to private hospitals.