Kikomo Health Centre Grade 3 is located in Nyabwensheya sub-county in Kisoro district and neighbours Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The Health centre serves 2000 beneficiaries in 26 villages. The Health Centre has about 18 staff, led by a senior clinical officer, who runs a general outpatient clinic, laboratory, and a maternity ward.
The centre lacks basic necessities and due to the high population, supply of medical services is limited. Outreach programs to the communities are limited by transport and train. The nearest hospital is in Kisoro 36kms away – the journey takes 2hrs and there is a lack of ambulances in case of emergencies. The local community does have their own local ambulance system — a local basket that they use to carry patients to Kisoro Hospital and will often do this on foot. With Pack for Purpose, we hope to help the centre to have the basic health care requirements. This will enable them to provide the much needed first aid to patients visiting this Centre and clients that may need treatment when in Nkuringo.
Ace Bandages, Alcohol Swabs/Wipes, Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’), Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’) – Digital, Blood Sugar Machines and Test Strips, Cannulas, *First Aid Kits, Gauze, Ice/Cold Packs, Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Respiratory Masks, Sanitary Napkins, Scissors, Small Scissors, Thermometers (Digital), Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Tweezers
Pediatric Laryngoscope and *Stethoscope
*Dressings, Needle Holders, *Surgical Gloves, and Swabs
Malaria Testing Kits (‘RDTs’ – Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits with Reagent) and Pregnancy Testing Kits
Combs, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, and Toothbrushes
Alcohol Gel, Burn Cream, Ear Drops, Eye Drops, First Aid Spray, and Vitamins
Specifically for Children:
*Baby Blankets and Clothing, Baby Oil, Baby Powder, Baby Soap, Cloth Diapers and Clips, *Hats (for Premature Babies), Umbilical Cord Clips, and Weighing Scales
(English) *Medical Dictionary, *Oxford Handbook of Medicine, and *WHO ‘Hospital Care for Children’ Book
Hesperian Health Guides:
(English) A Book for Midwives, Helping Health Workers Learn, and HIV Health and Your Community
*Bed Linens, *Pillows, and *Towels
Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
*Small Solar Panels and *Solar Lantern Lights
Nkuringo Vocational Secondary School is located on Nteko Ridge, Kisoro, in southern Uganda. The school was developed to provide easy access and O level education to 100 bright underprivileged students from the ages of 13 through 18 years old.
General School Supplies:
*Book Bags, *Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Compasses, *Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, *Rulers, *Solar Calculators, and *Wide-Ruled Paper
(English) *Dictionaries and *Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Chess Sets and Scrabble
*Netball/Basketballs, *Soccer Balls, and *Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Sanitary Napkins
Markers, *Pencils, *Pens, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
Bowls, *Plastic Serving Cups and Plates, Pots, and Serving Spoons
Hand Fork, Spades, and Trowel
Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally: Beans, Maize Meal, Meats, Rice, and Vegetables
Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, *Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, *Toothbrushes, *Toothpaste, *Vaseline, and Washing Powder
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. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally.
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.