Fill the container


We set up the charity Ethiopia Medical Project (EMP) in 2013 after visiting a tiny clinic in rural Ethiopia. We’d planned a short volunteering trip; however, when we saw the conditions, we were compelled to make a real difference in the long term.

The clinic was inundated by people disabled by a type of elephantiasis called podoconiosis and women suffering with uterine prolapse and struggling to cope without enough funding for food or medical resources. Both these widespread conditions carry a social stigma, with sufferers reporting being ostracized from their families and communities. Yet both conditions can be treated, and in many cases reversed, with some simple treatments.

In the last decade, supported by donations from EMP, the medical team has been able to treat thousands of patients, allowing them to return to their families and lives free from pain and suffering.

Life is particularly tough in Ethiopia just now. They are dealing with the pandemic, an ongoing civil war, plagues of locusts devastating their crops and increasing numbers of attacks by hyenas on children. Like so many other charities, the pandemic affected our fundraising activities, but we have had a little miracle. Due to the kindness and tenacity of two Scottish businesses, we will be sending a shipping container all the way to the gates of the Health Centre in Buccama.

The shipping container leaves Glasgow in less than eight weeks, and now we just have to fill it with the medical equipment they desperately need and a few items, which we hope, will bring a little joy. Can you help the people of Buccama by donating any item from the list below?

We’ll be collecting and storing donations in Glasgow ahead of them being packed and shipped at the end of October. If you can help us fill the shipping container, please email with details or questions or call 07878 734 552.

EMP shipping container contents

Medical Essentials  – First Priority

  • 500 Pessaries (range of sizes) ring made from medical-grade silicone plus KYJELLY
  • 100 Emergency delivery kits – razor blade, sheet, umbilical cord clamp
  • Infant radiant warmer
  • 10 x delivery and episiotomy set (reusable)
  • Non Pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG)
  • Portable medical stretcher movable like ambulance stretcher
  • 50 x boxes of disposable plastic umbilical clamps
  • Latex gloves
  • Syringes (all sizes)
  • Bandages and micropore tape to secure
  • Burns dressings
  • Non-stick dressings 
  • Sterile gauze swabs
  • Plasters
  • Plastic aprons
  • Vaseline
  • Refillable soap dispenser
  • Drums


Medical Essentials –  Second Priority

  • 1 x Pulse Oximeter
  • 1 x Infant radiant warmer
  • Medical stand lamp with manually adjustable brightness
  • 1-2 manual vacuum aspirator (MVA) (reusable)
  • Cardiotocography (CTG) with external monitoring probes
  • Abdominal ultrasound probe for model Dp-10 Mindray ultrasound
  • 1-4 x Stethoscope Littman 
  • Sterile trolleys
  • Storage drawers on casters 
  • Plastic privacy screens
  • Dignity sheets-washable
  • Birthing balls
  • Pedal-operated bins
  • Dishtowels
  • Large mats
  • Hand-washing posters


Medical Essentials – Third Priority

  • Emergency delivery kits
  • Disposable plastic aprons 
  • Vital sign monitor or patient monitor 
  • Weight and height standing scales
  • Weighing machine (paediatric) 
  • Electric hand drier machine
  • Gowns


Furniture / building

  • 20 x small bedside tables
  • 10 x electric fans
  • Solar Panels 
  • Windows/Door – so that container can be made into a useable office/storage room (by a local builder)


Office equipment

  • Printer ink, printer paper


NEW Clothing & Shoes must have original tags/original packaging. (If used or second hand, they are not allowed to be imported into the country and shipping container would be stopped at customs.)

  • Specialised extra-large medical shoes
  • Pants for women (size 8-12)
  • Bras (any size)


  • Footballs, bikes, scooters