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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

november 27, 2015

Greeting to Ostomates and website browsers wherever you are.

Information is coming from the regions about the celebrations and the events organised for World Ostomy Day October 3rd 2015.

The regions' websites contain picture reports of activities and their reports that follow below the message do as well.

Congratulations to all those who planned and participated in a truly world event. Member Countries please submit your entries in the," Coloplast Merit Award", showing how the " Many Stories, One Voice" theme was articulated in your country. Details are elsewhere on the website and have been sent to member associations.


World Ostomy Day 2015

World Ostomy Day is just around the corner. Many countries and associations are now busy in creating such awareness on a worldwide scale. The theme for this years celebration is "Many Stories, One Voice".

Do you want to know what activities are in store for the celebration of World Ostomy Day this year?

Coloplast brings to us the #MyOstomyStory and Convatec provides us the I CAN celebrate World Ostomy Day byword. Do you want to participate in these activities?

Please click our dedicated World Ostomy Day 2015 webpage at WOD 2015 - IOA on how to further this awareness.

We would like to share the WOD Message for 2015 of Dr. Buch by watching the video below. Please click photo to directly watch in youtube.



WOD 2015

World Ostomy Day 2015 - Many Stories, One Voice  

40 Years

IOA celebrates 40 years of existence and still looking to the future. 

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 ostomates’ 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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