Needs and Requests

Whether you’re visiting Guatemala on your own or serving with a team, Salud y Paz could use your help. We are in need of various over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, and other supplies. If you plan to visit or serve with Salud y Paz (or if you have a friend who is), please consider purchasing the following donations to bring down with you.

Over-the-counter Medications: we frequently run out of common over-the-counter medications. For this reason, we are asking team members and friends of Salud y Paz to donate one or more of the following over-the-counter medications and supplies. If questioned at the airport, simply state these are personal medications.

  • Ibuprofen or Naproxen Sodium (Aleve, Naprosyn)
  • Tylenol (500mg and/or 80mg chewables, and/or 160mg/5mL liquid for children)
  • Prilosec 20mg (omeprazole)
  • Toothpaste (Children’s and adults) – trial and full size tubes.
  • Lubricating eye drops
  • Blood glucose testing Strips for Embrace Talking Meter Glucometer test strips: available at Amazon .com  ($8.95-12.95) or pack of 50 for $12.95 Found at :
  • Pepcid (famotidine) or Zantac (ranitidine)
  • Certrizine (Zyrtec)
  • Cough Syrup
  • Claritin eye drops (with Ketotifen NOT tetrahydrozoline)
  • Antibiotic cream or ointment (i.e. triple antibiotic cream, bacitracin)
  • Iron 325mg
  • Folic Acid supplement

Other Supplies:

  • Exam Gloves: All sizes
  • 2013 Nursing Drug Reference Book (2 in English and 2 in Spanish please)
  • Rubber Bands (thick)
  • DYMO White Address Labels 1 1/8” x 3 ½” (this brand only, for our labeling machine)
  • Clear packing tape
  • Duct tape (white and gray)
  • Snack size Ziploc bags

Prescripton Medications in Need in our Pharmacy (in an attempt to standardize our formulary):

  • Antihypertensives
  • Antidiabetics
  • Antibiotics
    • Cephalexin (peds and adult dosage)
    • Ketoconazole Cream
    • Metronidazole Gel
    • Amoxicillin 250mg and/or 500mg pills
    • Ciprofloxacin 500mg pills
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Others
  • Contact John Lage at for specifics


Priority List

  • Helicobacter Pylori Tests
  • Urine dip sticks (minimum of 7 reagents per strip, 12 preferred)
  • Pregnancy hCG tests (urine tests, and some blood tests)
  • Rapid malaria test

Other Needs

  • Fecal occult blood tests
  • Reactives for Rheumatoid factor
  • Reactives for Antistreptolisin (ASO)
  • RPR (for syphilis) [old name; VDRL (Venereal Disease Research Laboratory Test)]
  • Reagents for Blood typing ABO and Rh or kits
  • HIV 1 AND 2 tests (single strip)
  • 1 gram stain kit
  • Red vacutainer tube 5mL
  • Purple vacutainer tube 5mL
  • 4 racks for Westergren sedimentation rate tubes
  • 4 digital timers (like kitchen timers but digital for lab use)
  • 4 digital centrifuges 6 tubes of 15mL with timer (Thermo Scientific)
  • 2 microcentrifuges with rotor for hematocrit CL 17 and 21 (Thermo Scientific)
  • 2 tray agitators
  • 4 differential manual cell counters
  • 4 hemocytometers (Nubauer)
  • 4 incubators 37-56ºC
  • 4 automatic pipettes 5-100 ug in volume with tips
  • 4 automatic pipettes 100-1000 ug in volume with tips
  • 4 automatic pipettes 20-200 ug in volume with tips