Just before their return from the UK, Michael and Elaine Biddle contacted us and asked if they could bring some small medical items with them, that would be useful for Gaia's 1 st Aid or welfare store. This set us thinking. As they were flying, they could not bring much,
BUT, if many people brought just a few bits and pieces each, it would make a BIG difference here !
So we have compiled a list of non-prescription medical items that are either difficult to get here, a lot more expensive here than the UK, or just expensive!
ibuprofen - especially 400mg
plaster tapes of various kinds eg micropore
sealed individual sterile swabs
small bottles of Dettol antiseptic
saline eye wash
good quality scissors
disposable gloves - LARGE size only
instant cold packs
blood glucose monitoring machine
blood glucose strips for 1 touch ultra machine
adjustable straps for securing patients onto a spinal board(about5)
small clear zip-up 1st aid bags
Savlon antiseptic creme
Aspivenin pen (to treat bites & stings) ASPIVENIN
If you bring any of these things, contact Karen Miller when you arrive. She is organizing the medical supplies for Gaia. Her contact details are
27210 74603 or email
If anyone is aware of other medical items that are difficult to get here or much cheaper in the UK, please let Karen know before getting them. Gaia may already have a supply from another source.
A website suggested by Brian O Connor as a source of various medical supplies is
Parea sti Mani - June 2013