Red Monkey Lodge


    Red Monkey Lodge supports HIPZ (Health Improvement Project Zanzibar) and the Makunduchi Project HIPZ is a public-private partnership between a British NGO and the Zanzibar government, supporting Makunduchi Hospital which serves 150,00 people in the Southern District of Zanzibar.

    The average life expectancy in Zanzibar is a staggering 57 years – with 1 in 6 children dying before they reach their 7th birthday. HIPZ aims to improve the healthcare in the region by providing assistance in the management of the hospital.

    In the last few years, new outpatient and maternity units have been built, wards have been renovated, and staff training and equipment have been supplied. The hospital can now treat a whole range of conditions, has a fully-functioning operating theater, lab, X-Ray and ultrasound machines, and an ambulance service available 24 hours a day to collect women in labor and bring them to hospital to ensure a safe delivery.

    HIPZ is committed to ensuring a long-term and sustainable improvement in medical care and is sensitive to the needs and wishes of the local people.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


    General Medical:
    Alcohol Wipes, Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’), Blood Sugar Machines and Test Strips, Cannulas (Especially Neonatal), Inhaler Spacer Device, Needles, Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Respiratory Masks, Small Scissors, Thermometers (Digital), Toothbrushes, and Urine Dip Sticks

    Specialist Equipment:
    Dental Equipment, Nebulizer Machine, Fetal Doppler, Ophthalmoscope, Otoscope, and Stethoscope

    Alcohol Hand Gel, Crepe Bandages, Dressings, Forceps, Plaster of Paris, and Surgical Gloves

    Vicryl 2/0 or Chromic 2/0 (Other Sutures Are Also Appreciated)

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

    Testing Kits:
    Lubrication Jelly, Malaria Testing Kits (‘RDTs’ – Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits with Reagent), Medical Kits, *Peak Flow Spirometer, Pregnancy Testing Kits, and Ultrasound Jelly

    Albuterol Inhalers, Alcohol Gel, Antibacterial Ointment, Antibiotics, Burn Cream, Co-Amoxiclav (Augmentin), Ear Drops, Eye Drops, Ibuprofen, Paracetamol Tablets, and Per Rectal Paracetamol

    Specifically for Children:
    Baby Blankets, Cannulas (Particularly Pediatric Cannulas and Giving Set), Child O2 Sat Probes, Cloth Diapers and Clips/Safety Pins, Hats (for Premature Babies), *Measuring Tapes, *Newborn Clothes, Pediatric Naso-Gastric Feeding Tubes, Pulse Oximeter, and Weighing Scales

    Reference Materials:
    (English) Medical Dictionary and Oxford Handbook of Medicine

    Bed Linens and Pillows

    Office Supplies:
    Laptops, Markers, Pencils, Mobile Phones (Old), Pens, Printer Paper (A3/A4), USB Sticks

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of September 21, 2020

    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 take 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 taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.