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Brigade 2007LEWISBURG, Pa. — The delegation of 26 Bucknell students, faculty, and staff traveling to Nueva Vida, Nicaragua, in March is seeking donations of medical supplies to sustain the free health clinic there.

Nueva Vida is a resettlement community of 15,000 people who lost their homes and livelihoods to Hurricane Mitch in 1998. A volunteer project begun as a student initiative, the Bucknell Brigade – comprising Bucknell faculty, staff, students, parents and friends – has worked for the past nine years to rebuild Nueva Vida with two educational service projects each year. Past projects have included community buildings and a medical clinic.

During the March trip, the completed medical clinic will be dedicated.

Leaving March 9
The Bucknell volunteers will leave for Nicaragua Friday, March 9, and return to campus Sunday, March 18.

The Brigade is seeking three types of donations: over-the-counter (OTC) medical supplies, prescription and special needs medical supplies, and monetary donations.

Donations of OTC supplies may be delivered to the Office of Service-Learning at 121 Taylor Hall or in collection boxes in the upper and lower levels of the Elaine Langone Center.

Medical supply questions
Questions about medical supplies should be directed to Donald Stechschulte, director of the Bucknell Student Health Services, at 570-577-1401 or dstechsc@bucknell.edu. Stechschulte will accompany the Brigade in March.

Monetary donations can be sent to University Chaplain Ian Oliver at Rooke Chapel. Checks can be made out to Bucknell Brigade. Credit card donations can be made online at Make a Gift.

Medical supplies and donations are accepted throughout the year to be used for subsequent delegations.

'Wish list'
The 'wish list' for OTC medications and products includes: children’s cough and cold remedies, vitamins for adults and children, prenatal vitamins, condoms, bars of soap, anti-fungal cream, splints and slings, antacid tablets (Tums, Rolaids), cortisone creams, skin lotions, antibiotic creams, ace bandages, cough drops and cough syrup, antiseptic spray, Pepcid, Zantac, Ranitidine, etc., toothbrushes and toothpaste, Pedialyte (powder only), ibuprofen (200 mg only), naproxen sodium, cold and allergy tablets, and Pepto-Bismol (tablets only).

The 'wish list' for prescription medicines and special items includes: Decongestants,
Rocephin injections, one-touch glucose testing strips, asthma medication, Levaquin 250 or 500 mg, reusable bags and tape for autoclave, antibiotic eye drops, Glipizide 10 and 20 mg, Cephalexin (250 mg only), rehydration medicine, Glyburide 10 and 20 mg, Amoxicillin 250 mg, nebulizers, masks and tubes, Rosigliazane 10 and 20 mg, Cipro 250 or 500 mg, hypertensive medicines, Promemethazine 25 mg, Zithromax 100 suspension, gastritis medicines, antibiotics for children and adults, Zithromax 250 or 500 mg, Lindane lotion, and antihistamines.

Read more about the Bucknell Brigade. Read the student blogs from the January trip.

Posted Jan. 29, 2007

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