Thorntree River Lodge


    Maunga Health Centre serves 3400 community members. The rural community of Maunga is located on the Western border of the Dambwa Forest Reserve near Livingstone in Southern Zambia. Currently the nearest health centre is in Livingstone, roughly 20km away. Family income levels in this area are low, so access to education and health facilities are extremely limited. The construction of this Health Centre has greatly improved access to basic facilities and empower the community to care for its members.

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


    General Medical:
    Ace Bandages, Alcohol Swabs/Wipes, Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’), Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’) – Digital, Blood Sugar Machines and Test Strips, First Aid Kits, Gauze, Hot Packs, Ice/Cold Packs, Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Respiratory Masks, Sanitary Napkins, Splints, Tampons, Thermometers (Digital), Urinary Catheter, and Urine Dipsticks

    Specialist Equipment:
    *Fetal Doppler, *Laryngoscope, *Ophthalmoscope, *Otoscope, *Pediatric Laryngoscope, and *Stethoscope

    Dressings, Forceps, Needle Holders, Speculum, Surgical Gloves, Surgical Scrubs, and Swabs

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

    5 ml Syringes, 10 ml Syringes, 20 ml Syringes, and 50 ml Syringes

    Testing Kits:
    Malaria Testing Kits (‘RDTs’ – Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits with Reagent) and Pregnancy Testing Kits

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Hand Cream, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, and Sanitary Napkins

    Alcohol Gel, Antibacterial Ointment, Anti-Diarrhea Medication, Antifungal Cream, Antihistamine, Aspirin, Asprin (Low-Dose), Burn Cream, Cough Treatments, Ear Drops, Eye Drops, First Aid Spray, Hydrocortisone Cream, Ibuprofen, Malaria Treatment (Coartem), Oral Rehydration Salts, Paracetamol, Vitamins, and Zinc Tablets

    Specifically for Children:
    *Baby Blankets, Baby Oil, Baby Powder, Baby Soap, Cannulas (Particularly Pediatric Cannulas and Giving Set), Cloth Diapers and Clips, Foepostoscope (Fetoscope), Hats (for Premature Babies), Neonatal O2 Sat Probes, Newborn Clothes (Very Useful), Umbilical Cord Clips, and Weighing Scales

    Reference Materials:
    (English) *Family Planning Posters, *HIV Prevention Posters, *Human Anatomy Posters, *Medical Dictionary, *Oxford Handbook of Medicine, and *WHO ‘Hospital Care for Children’ Book

    Hesperian Health Guides:
    (English) *A Book for Midwives, *Disabled Village Children, *Health Actions for Women, *Helping Health Workers Learn, *HIV Health and Your Community, *Where There Is No Dentist, *Where There Is No Doctor, and *Where Women Have No Doctor

    *Bed Linens, *Pillows, and *Towels

    Office Supplies:

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of November 21, 2021
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .

    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. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.

    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.