The Bwindi Community Hospital serves 100,000 patients.
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
Fetal Doppler, Laryngoscope, Laryngoscope Blades (Size 1+2), Opthalmoscope, Otoscope, Oxygen Concentrator, Pediatric Laryngoscope, Slit-Lamp, Stethoscope, and USS Doppler and Probe
Crepe Bandages, Dressings, Forceps, Needle Holders, Plaster of Paris, Surgical Gloves, Surgical Scrubs, and Swabs
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)
5 ml Syringes, 10 ml Syringes, and 50 ml Syringes
Malaria Testing Kits (‘RDTs’ – Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits with Reagent) and Pregnancy Testing Kits
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
Medical Dictionary, Oxford Handbook of Medicine, and WHO ‘Hospital Care for Children’ Book
Bed Linens, Pillows, and Towels
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.