The Pakbeng Lodge’s free Health center is run by Les Médecins de Chinguetti-Pakbeng, a non-governmental organization that has been running since 2007.
Through the Health center, doctors and other Health practitioners deliver free healthcare to 30 to 50 people a day from the local populations in Pakbeng and the surrounding villages year-round.
General practitioners, dentists, pediatricians, ophthalmologists, physiotherapists, gynecologists, and nurses provide free care to children and adults who would not otherwise have access to such services.
The Pakbeng Lodge houses the Health center and collects medicines and materials donated by travelers to the Health center. The lodge also provides part of the financing and logistics for the team, and facilitates collaboration between the NGO and local government structures.
Ace Bandages, Band-Aids, Blood Sugar Machines and Test Strips, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Urine Dipsticks
Fetal Doppler, Opthalmoscope, Otoscope, and Stethoscope
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)
Malaria Testing Kits (‘RDTs’ – Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits with Reagent) and Pregnancy Testing Kits
Antihistamine, Burn Cream, Co-Amoxiclav (Augmentin), Ear Drops, Eye Drops, First Aid Spray, and Vitamins
Specifically for Children:
Baby Blankets, Baby Soap, Newborn Clothes (Very Useful), Pulse Oximeter, Toys, and Weighing Scales
Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, and Mobile Phones (Old)
Combs, Nail Scissors, Presbyopic Glasses for Adults and Children (Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths), and Sewing Kits (not surgical)
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes (ages 5 and under), New or Gently Used Adults’ Shoes, Raincoats/Overalls, Small Fabric Bags, Small Umbrellas, and Sunglasses (for adults and children)
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 taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.