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The International Ostomy Association Coordination Committee (IOA CC), an association of Regional Ostomy Associations, is committed to the improvement of the quality of life of Ostomates and those with related surgeries, worldwide.

It provides to its member associations, information and management guidelines, helps to form new to my associations, and advocates on all related matters and policies.

It is organized to grow and develop while remaining independent and financially viable.

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Chairperson's Message

March 12, 2015

Greeting to Ostomates and website browsers wherever you are.

We are now well into 2015 and I am delighted to report we are still managing to develop or strengthen Ostomy support groups around the world.

Thanks must be given to the Regions and member associations and medical professionals who are supporting these new or existing groups wherever they may be.

Our appliance firm sponsors must be thanked for their ongoing support for local societies, clubs or chapters wherever they may be.

Several nurse training projects have been supported by sponsors firms in the OAA region (Central and South America)


World Ostomy Day 2015

Please stay tune as we bring you news and updates for the coming WOD 2015. In the meantime, please bookmark our dedicated World Ostomy Day 2015 webpage at wod.ostomyinternational.org



ASPOA-ASSR Conference 2014

The Harikesh Buch Professional Service Award 

The IOA Professional Service Award is periodically presented to individuals who have unselfishly volunteered their professional services on an International or Regional level and have significantly impacted the quality of life of people who have, or will undergo bowel or urinary diversion surgery. The Award acknowledges work that has been accomplished and, to be effective in the provision of these dedicated services, the recipient has to communicate and co-operate in a friendly way with people of different languages, lifestyles, religions and methods of operation; demanding qualities given to few people. One such person is Dr. Harikesh Buch.

The ASPOA awards night in Hochiminh Vietnam was very significant in lieu of the annoucement of awards attributed to two deserving people who had made an impact for the welfare of ostomates. Click here to read the introduction given by ASPOA President Barry Maughan.

The first recipient of the ASPOA HBPSA was Dr. Shindo. Click here to read the recognition given by ASPOA President Barry Maughan.

The 20/40 Survey Questionnaire 

Dear Ostomates in the 20/40 age group,

This support group has been in existence for nearly 15 years.

The present IOA 20/40 coordinator Ronaldo Lora, from The Philippines, has constructed a survey to gather young ostomatesí ideas from around the World about how to move forward in the next few years and other important issues for each of you. Click Read More to continue reading further details.




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