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International Ostomy Association

The International Ostomy Association, 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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October 6, 2012 - Let's be Heard!!!


World Ostomy Day will be celebrated on 6 October 2012 and the theme will be "Let's be heard!"

World Ostomy Day will be celebrated on 6 October 2012 and the theme will be “Let’s be heard!”

The aim of World Ostomy Day is to improve the rehabilitation of ostomates worldwide by bringing to the attention of the general public and the global community the needs and aspirations of ostomates and their families.

  • The life situation of ostomates
  • The contributions of Ostomy Associations and Ostomy Professionals
  • The value of the multidisciplinary approach in ostomy care
  • Activities to promote awareness around the world will include: educational programmes, seminars, support meetings and demonstrations, displays, electronic information networks, newspaper and magazine announcements, advertisements and articles, publication of informative handout materials and brochures, audio and video announcements and films, personal visits and lobbying activities, official government proclamations and joint activities with complementary agencies and professional health associations.

    At this moment a lot of Regional and National Associations and Support Groups are preparing their activities. You’ll find their contribution on the regional websites:

    EOA            www.ostomyeurope.org
    ASPOA       www.ostomyasiasouthpacific.org
    OAA           www.ostomyamericas.org

    As on previous occasions, Coloplast, ConvaTec and Hollister also have organised activities to support World Ostomy Day 2012 globally ……. here are the details:


    The Coloplast Merit Award
    You can download and find all the information about entering this competition


    ConvaTec have a worldwide competition where members can submit short videos promoting World Ostomy Day 2012 during the month of October 2012. You can download and find more informatin about the competion.

    Hollister will sponsor the World Ostomy Day photo contest. You can download and find more information about this competition

    The Co-ordination Committee would appreciate it if you would send a summary of your activities for World Ostomy Day to the IOA webmaster.


    We wish you all a lot of success with all your preparation for World Ostomy Day …… “Let’s be heard!”

    Ria Smeijers and Anne Demick
    Coordination Committee World Ostomy Day

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