Country: Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. It’s home to Kilimanjaro National Park, Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar and Mafia Marine Park. Its capital is Dodoma and the population is approximately 49 million. Primary languages spoken are English and Swahili.
To access emergency services: Dial 112
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Tanzania, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers
What to expect in a Tanzanian hospital: In recent years Tanzania has made considerable progress in access to quality essential medicines and health products, however its hospitals and dispensaries still do not meet western standards. If you require surgery or any complex medical procedure you will have to be evacuated to Kenya, South Africa or Europe. You should ensure your medical insurance covers such expenses. Outside of Dar es Salaam, and especially outside of the larger cities and towns, it will be challenging to locate basic medical help as many doctors are poorly trained and/or have limited equipment and medication. You should ensure you have your own medical kit to hold you over in case of an emergency. Currently, there are three different levels of hospitals that incude: district hospitals, regional hospitals and referral/consultant hospitals. This last type of hospital offers the highest level of hospital services in the country.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Tanzania: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Tanzanian-specific helpful health resources:
• WHO: http://www.who.int/countries/tza/en/
• CDC: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/tanzania/
• International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers: https://www.iamat.org/country/tanzania/risk/yellow-fever
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or WHO for up-to-date travel notices.