16 September 2013
Greeting to Ostomates and website browsers of the IOA site wherever you are,
Below there are brief items of news from the three regions.
Thanks to the regionsí presidents for these.
All in the Northern Hemisphere have been enjoying a good summer and in the South it is springtime again.
All regions continue to support their existing member associations and are in many different ways planning to assist countries without member support groups to have them.
Governments and Health Authorities within many countries have, since the recent economic issues worldwide, been cutting budgets. Member countries need to ensure they are advocating for ostomates and making sure they are being consulted, as we know all ostomy appliances are different and choice is essential to enable all ostomates lead a normal life.
IOA CC Secretary Receives Distinguished Alumna Award
Ann Favreau received the distinguised alumna award from the Westfield State University in Westield, MA last Oct. 19, 2013. This was based on her educational career and community service with the Lions club, local, national, and international ostomy work, as well as FOW, writing groups, church activities, community health work, colon cancer prevention and her several publications. The IOA CC extends their warm congratulations.