Hesperian Health Guides

The Community Medicine Kit

In this chapter:

Starting a community medicine kit may help save someone’s life. See the chart to know which medicines can be used to start treatment until other medical help is available. Make sure these medicines are in your kit or at the nearest health post. If you need to buy them, meet with your community leaders to explain how these medicines can help save lives. Ask them to find ways for the community to purchase them and keep them in stock.

What to include in a medicine kit to treat emergencies discussed in this book:

Problem Medicine
pelvic infection (PID): tablets: cefixime,azithromycin, doxycycline, erythromycin, metronidazole
for injection: ceftriaxone
kidney infection: tablets: ciprofloxacin, cotrimoxazole
for injection: ceftriaxone
bleeding after birth, abortion, or miscarriage: tablets: misoprostol
for injection: oxytocin, ergometrine
infection after birth, abortion, or miscarriage: tablets: doxycycline, metronidazole
for injection: ampicillin, ceftriaxone, clindamycin, gentamicin, metronidazole
eclampsia during or after birth diazepam or magnesium sulfate
emergency pregnancy prevention (after rape, broken condom, or other emergency): Combined birth control pills, minipills, or special emergency contraception pills.
allergic reaction to antibiotic:

epinephrine, diphenhydramine,
hydrocortisone or dexamethasone.

unwanted pregnancy: mifepristone and misoprostal, pregnancy test strips

This page was updated:13 Nov 2023