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Bwindi Lodge

Uganda

Accommodation

Bwindi Lodge

Project

The Bwindi Community Hospital serves 100,000 patients.

Needs

General Medical:
Ace Bandages, Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff ('Sphygmomanometer'), Blood Sugar Machines and Test Strips, Cannulas, First Aid Kits, Giving Sets, Hot Packs, Ice/Cold Packs, Needles, Oxygen Tubing, Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Respiratory Masks, Sanitary Napkins, Scissors, Small Scissors, Spacers for Asthmatic Patients, Splints, Thermometers (Digital), Tongue Depressors, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Tweezers, Urinary Catheter, and Urine Dipsticks

Specialist Equipment:
Fetal Doppler, Laryngoscope, Laryngoscope Blades (Size 1+2), Opthalmoscope, Otoscope, Oxygen Concentrator, Pediatric Laryngoscope, Slit-Lamp, Stethoscope, and USS Doppler and Probe

Surgical:
Crepe Bandages, Dressings, Forceps, Needle Holders, Plaster of Paris, Surgical Gloves, Surgical Scrubs, and Swabs

Sutures:
Nylon 1, Silk 2/0 (or any non-absorbable equivalent for skin, such as Ethilon), Vicryl 2/0 (or Chromic 2/0), Vicryl 1, and Vicryl 0 (or Chromic 0)

Syringes:
5 ml Syringes, 10 ml Syringes, and 50 ml Syringes

Testing Kits:
Malaria Testing Kits ('RDTs' - Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits with Reagent) and Pregnancy Testing Kits

Medications:
Albuterol Inhalers, Alcohol Gel, Antibiotics, Antifungal Cream, Antihistamine, Aspirin, Asprin (Low-Dose), Burn Cream, Cefalexin, Cefuroxime (any Cephalosporin), Co-Amoxiclav (Augmentin), Cough Treatments, Ear Drops, Eye Drops, First Aid Spray, Flucloxacillin, Hydrocortisone Cream, Ibuprofen, Magnesium Sulfate Paste, Metronidazole (Flagyl), Paracetamol, Permethrin (Scabies Cream), Vitamins, and Zinc Tablets

Specifically for Children:
Baby Blankets, Baby Oil, Baby Powder, Baby Soap, Cannulas (Particularly Pediatric Cannulas and Giving Set), Child O2 Sat Probes, Cloth Diapers and Clips, Hats (for Premature Babies), Infant Formula Milk (Must Be In-Date and Seal Intact), Neonatal O2 Sat Probes, Newborn Clothes (Very Useful), Pediatric NG (Nasogastric) Feeding Tubes, Pulse Oximeter, Umbilical Cord Clips, and Weighing Scales

Reference Materials:
Medical Dictionary, Oxford Handbook of Medicine, and WHO 'Hospital Care for Children' Book

Linens:
Bed Linens, Pillows, and Towels

All the needs are current as of December 19, 2014
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you bring for them.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

Instead of bringing candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.