Medical Supply Needs

Josefa and BNB sorting medical donations

Josefa and BNB sorting medical donations

Needed and Useful Medical Supplies: current list 2020

If you are interested in helping provide what the Nueva Vida Health Clinic needs, thank you! Everything the clinic receives in donation lowers the cash operating costs for the clinic. Here is a resource list of items that are always helpful to receive.

Please contact at the CDCA for details and updated information.

Donations coming in to Nicaragua must be approved by the Ministry of Health (MINSA) ahead of time, so the required paperwork must be completed and received by the CDCA via email 8 weeks before arrival (in effect since 2018). Also, prior to that, there probably will need to be many back and forth emails between you and Daniel to make sure the paperwork is correct before it is submitted to the Ministry of Health. For more information contact: He can guide you and will translate all donation information into Spanish.

All medicines must be received in Nicaragua at least one year
before their expiration date.

All medicines must be in original sealed bottles.

With COVID-19, the CDCA is receiving no delegations at the moment (as of 2020). Most of the medications listed below are less expensive here in Nicaragua, and their purchase supports local labs and pharmacies. All cash donations are appreciated to help the Clinic purchase these in-country.

Henry in pharmacy sizedOver the Counter Medicines:

  • analgesic and anti-inflamatory medications
    • ibuprofren 200mg
    • acetaminophen 325mg, 500mg
    • naproxen sodium
    • aspirin (low dose, enteric, 325mg)
  • ointments & creams
    • anti-fungal
    • hydrocortisone
    • antibiotic (including Bactroban [mupirocin])
  • anti-acids (especially TUMS-like anti-acids)
  • gastritis medicine
    • ranitidine
    • omeprazole (Prilosec)
  • antihistamines
    • diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
    • loratidine (Claritin)
    • cetirizine (Zyrtec)
  • guaifenesin (mucous relief tablets)
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  • phenylephrine 25mg
  • condoms

Vitamins & Minerals:

  • prenatal vitamins
  • infant & children’s vitamins (no gummies, please, they melt in the heat and glob together)
  • folic acid
  • iron
  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • potassium
  • zinc
  • vitamins D, B-12, B-complex, E
wound care

wound care

Prescription Medicines:

  • antibiotics
    • amoxicillin 250mg, 850mg
    • Augmentin (all strengths)
    • Ciprofloxin 500mg
    • cephalexin
    • doxycycline
    • Levaquin
    • penicillin
    • Rocephin injections
  • hypertensive meds
    • propranolol
    • HCTZ 25mg
    • Enalapril
    • Lisinopril
    • Atenolol
  • anti-inflammatories (including prednisone 5, 10, 20 mg)
  • diabetes meds
    • glibenclamide
    • glipalamide
    • metformin HCl
    • Glipizide
  • antibiotic ear & eye drops
  • maintenance inhalers
matching patient with donated eyeglasses

matching patient with donated eyeglasses


  • ace bandages
  • gauze and tape
  • band aids
  • disposable gloves
  • eyeglasses
  • autoclaves
  • 1cc syringes and needles for insulin syringes for measuring children’s liquid medications
  • pulse oximeter fingertips
  • sutures
  • masks and other personal protective equipment
  • non-contact digital thermometers that read in Celsius
  • otoscopes (with cords, as well as battery-powered)
  • doppler
  • blood pressure cuffs (digital and manual, also large and child cuffs)
  • stethoscopes

Laboratory Supplies:

  • pregnancy tests
  • HIV rapid tests
  • H Pyloric tests
  • uristix
  • glass slides
  • bacteriological culture oven
  • microscope for reading wet slides
  • Pasteur pipettes