List of basic needs of refugees in Cairo

Egypt is the home of many displaced people. Refugees from countries ranging from Syria to Palestine to Eritrea and Sudan have found their way to Egypt. Among them are many women, children, elderly and people with medical needs. Different refugee communities have different needs. Not all of their needs can be met through government assistance.

Sina Network has made an assessment of these needs and is in close contact with the leadership and organization committees of the communities.

For the most vulnerable refugees in Cairo we identified the following immediate needs, whether it is food, clothing, healthcare and medication, hygiene articles, schooling materials, or legal support.

The list below can help you guide how to help us and what to donate. Please label your donations according to the below colors (so medicine red and food items green) and don’t forget to put the marked donations in different bags.

The items on the list are ranked accorded to priority, so the items on top of the list are more urgent such as medicine, food and clothes.

For questions, please contact us at: and we try and get back to you as soon as possible.

Medical items (please mark red)

–          Medical sterile gauze pads (various sizes)

–          Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)

–          Butterfly bandages/adhesive wound-closure strips

–          Nonstick sterile pads

–          Medical adhesive tape (10-yd. roll, min. 1″ width)

–          Hydrogel-based pads

–          First-aid cleansing pads with topical anesthetic

–          Hemostatic (blood-stopping) gauze

–          Liquid bandages

–          Oval eye pads

–          Rolled gauze

–          Rolled, stretch-to-conform bandages

–          Elastic wrap

–          Antiseptic wipes (BZK-based wipes preferred; alcohol-based OK)

–          Antiseptic wounds (Betadin- or 70%alcohol or Dettol)

–          Salve for burns

–          Ibuprofen/other pain-relief medication

–          Antibacterial ointment (e.g., bacitracin)

–          Tincture of benzoin (bandage adhesive)

–          Blister treatment (e.g., Moleskin, 2nd Skin, Glacier Gel)

–          Antihistamine to treat allergic reactions

–          Hand sanitizer (BKZ- or alcohol-based)

–          Aspirin (primarily for response to a heart attack)

–          Antacid tablets

–          Lubricating eye drops

–          Loperamide tablets (for diarrhea symptoms)

–          Glucose or other sugar to treat hypoglycemia

–          Oral rehydration salts (e.g., CeraLyte)

–          Antifungal foot powder

–          Injectable epinephrine to treat allergic reactions (e.g., EpiPen, Twinject)

–          Safety pins

–          Scissors

–          Splinter (fine-point) tweezers

–          Sterile gloves

–          Contraception

–          Cotton-tipped swabs

–          Standard oral thermometer

–          Waterproof container to hold supplies and meds

–          Emergency heat-reflecting blanket

–          Walking stick

Eye care

–          Eye contacts

–          Eye contact fluid

–          Glasses

Food items “no meat or products with a short shelf life” (please mark green)

–       Powder milk for babies  plus baby bottles;

–       Basic food items such as:

–       Oil;

–       Coffee and tea;

–       Sugar;

–       Preserves (marmalade, jams etc)

–       Legumes (lentils, beans etc);

–       Rice;

–       Pasta;

–       Long life milk

–       Canned foods (soups, sauces, vegetables etc)

Please make sure that all food items are in good condition, well sealed and that the shelf life didn’t expire. Other food items, please contact:

Clothes and textile (please mark blue)

–          Blankets

–          Sheets

–          Duvets

–          Clothes (for men, women, and children)

–          Summer clothes

–          Jeans-size (mostly 30 to 32)

–          T-shirts

–          Shoes

–          Flip flops

–          Socks

–          Sweaters

–          Bags

Personal hygiene (please mark orange)

–          Shampoo (including anti-lice shampoo)

–          Soap (nonbacterial)

–          Tooth paste

–          Tooth brush

–          Razors

–          Women hygiene

–          Wash cloths

–          Towels

–          Cleaning wipes

–          Diapers


–          Volunteers /NGOs/ CSOs that open their doors as drop-off points

–          Volunteers with cars to bring the assistance from the drop-off points  to the distribution points

–          Trained volunteers to distribute aid (training might be provided)

–          Administrative assistance with the running of the network

–          Free consultations of doctors (GPs,  dentists, child care, prenatal care, maternal care, opticians) (donating at least one free consultation a month)

–          Web developer

–          Social media freaks with experience in storytelling

–          Arabic teachers

–          English teachers

–          Translators (English-Arabic & Arabic- English)

–          Free legal consultations.

–          Volunteers to spend time with the children.

The aim will be to mainly get the above expertise from within the refugee communities themselves as well, and possibly arrange for cross-community coordination and assistance.

Education (please mark purple)

–          English course books for Arab speakers ( to learn English)

–          Arabic course books

–          School bags

–          Pen and pencils

–          Note books

–          Calculators

Communication (please mark grey)

–       Telephones

–       Chargers

–       Sim cards

–       Credit

–       Computers

–       Head phones

–       Radio

–       Televisions

Toys for children (please mark pink)

–       Games

–       Dolls

–       Stuffed animals

–       Footballs

–       Jumping ropes

–       Drawing material

Please make sure all items that you donate are in good condition and clean.

Please feel free to email us ( with any requests, suggestions, services you can offer etc. We will try and get back to you as soon as possible,


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