Nursing Students Ask for Donations of Supplies for South Africa and Ecuador

March 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Nursing student Kristina Kung writes: “I will be participating in a study abroad trip to South Africa in May 2011 as a part of my community health education for my RN-BSN program at USC Upstate. We will be working with trained health care workers in South Africa and provide them with refresher education for basic health assessment, CPR, and the Heimlich Maneuver. We will also be working with the vast HIV and TB population. As you may know, HIV and TB are major public health issues in South Africa. In addition, we will be working with lay people wishing to become health promoters in their rural villages and townships throughout the country. Many of these lay people are trying to turn their lives around in a positive direction in order their past life of drugs, crime, and prostitution. We will provide education and training in basic health care assessment. Once training is complete, we hope to provide a backpack full of medical supplies that each person can take with them in order to become health promoters in their villages and townships.

There is another study abroad trip to Ecuador in July 2011. Other USC Upstate nursing students will be providing health screening and education to Ecuadorians of all ages. In past trips, nursing students have provided health screenings to thousands of people—from infants to the elderly. Much needed supplies to promote good health and improve their daily lives will be distributed to those in need.

In order to provide these much needed services in these two countries, we need help in the form of donations of supplies. We need an array of items that we will take with us on these trips to where it is needed most. Each student is allowed 2 pieces of luggage-one for personal use and a large suitcase full of supplies. We need everything from medical supplies, to medications and vitamins, to hygiene care, to new or gently used toys and activities for children living in poverty. Below is a list of much needed items. Please consider making a donation of some sort. Anything is gratefully appreciated and will be put to great use by people in desperate need. Items can be placed in the large black plastic bin in the L&D lounge. I am happy to collect donations until Tuesday April 26, 2011.

Thank you so much for your time and generosity! Your contribution will be sure to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than us. Contact Dr. Julie Moss for further information about the trips and donations of supplies at

Suggestions for much needed items for Ecuador:

Glucometer strips
Blood specimen materials
Cotton balls
Alcohol swabs
2×2 Gauze
Medical tape
Disposable gloves (latex)
Disposable gloves (non-latex)
Tongue depressors

Dental floss
Toothbrushes (adult and children)
Hand sanitizer
Travel size toiletries
Nail hygiene kits
Manicure sets
Hair combs, brushes
Lip balm
Body/hand lotion
Deodorant (travel size)
Body/hand soap

Adult vitamins (large bottles to divide)
Children’s vitamins (large bottles to divide)

Small plastic bottles
Large plastic bottles
Ziploc bags (snack size for vitamins)
Ziploc bags (pint, quart size for handout items)

Coloring books
Hair ties, barrettes, bows
Stickers, stickers, stickers!
Bouncy balls, small toys (non-choking hazard size)
Face paint

***We will gladly accept anything else (new or gently used) along these lines that you wish to purchase or have around the house with no use for…

Suggestions for much needed items for South Africa:

Stethoscopes (50) (they don’t need to be fancy)
Blood pressure cuffs (50)
Penlight (50)
Bandage scissors (50)
Clipboards (50)
Thermometers (50) (plus extra batteries)
Thermometer probe covers (50 boxes)
Finger pulse-ox and HR monitors (50) ($29 online)
Boxes of gloves (at least 50)
Medical tape (50 rolls)
Glucometer strips
Pencil case sized pouches (to keep bandage material clean)
Alcohol swabs
Sterile saline solution
Providone iodine
Gauze 2×2, 4×4
ACE bandages
Gauze bandages
Bandaids (assorted sizes)
Personal protection
Hand santizer (4 or 8 oz)
Surgical masks

Anti-bacterial ointment
Anti-itch ointment (diphenhydramine)
Hydrocortisone cream

Data collection items
Small notebooks
Household items
Nonperishable foods (muffin/cake mix, peanut butter, etc.)
Ziploc bags (assorted sizes)

***We will gladly accept anything else (new or gently used) along these lines that you wish to purchase or have around the house with no use for…