Swahili in Tanzania
For a life-threatening health emergency, you can call a specific hospital, and it will send an ambulance. Visitors should call a private hospital rather than the public hospital. Facilities for emergency care are not extensive. Be especially cautious about any procedure involving surgery, blood transfusions, or injections. It is recommended that you carry your own supply of syringes. Contact your embassy for help with these issues as soon as possible.
If your wallet or passport is stolen on the street, the police will probably be on the scene and may make a report. Small thefts that occur in this way will probably never be traced. Always be polite when dealing with officers. Aggressiveness will not get you anywhere. Contact your embassy if your passport is stolen or if you need help with any other legal issues.
The emergency phone number for fire or police is 999.
Click on the text to hear the spoken phrase.
"I need help."
(Colloquial; literally, "Mommy! I'm dying!)
"Where is the police station?"
Kituo cha polisi kiko wapi?
"My wallet has been stolen."
Pochi yangu imeibiwa.
"My passport has been stolen."
Pasipoti yangu imeibiwa.
"Where is the hospital?"
Hospitali iko wapi?