Hungarian ILCO Association

30 years of the Hungarian ILCO Movement

This is how it started.

In 1980, in the county of Somory, 120 stoma patients participated in the first and at the same time inaugural session initiated by Gyula Horvath. In 1983, new clubs were formed in Pecs, in the 13th district of Budapest and in Kecskemet, which together with the club from Kaposvar formed the National Association of ILCO clubs in Hungary on August 28th of 1983. The clubs were formed by volunteering stoma patients, it is a Hungarian specialty that doctors and nurses from the local hospitals were asked to patronise them. Today 324 activists, 82 doctors and 91 nurses are volunteering. In 1989 the association became a full member of the International Ostomy Association.

From 1989 the leading body is called the Hungarian ILCO Association.There are 37 clubs operating in the country. Thanks to the Hungarian ILCO movement, the national colorectal surgery, stoma therapy, and rehabilitation started to develop progressively. The movement has sent 6 excellent surgeons to Linköping for a private advanced doctor training. This way the knowledge about the up-to-date surgical techniques, advanced stoma therapy, the world-class methods of the rehabilitation, and the modern medical aids got into the curriculum of the Hungarian medical training.

The association published several times video cassettes and DVDs about the modern stoma therapy, children and youth with stoma, and rehabilitation. In the quarterly published ILCO Newspaper the volunteering stoma activists tell about their concerns, joys, exchanging their experiences at the same time.

The clubs organize personal psychical-physical aftercare programs within their "quiet" rehabilitation work on the occasions of club activities, trips, and peer patient visits.
In 2008 the ILCO Association started a series of discussions, conferences regarding the existing health and society issues in order to make the new results and methods known to all participants. Aim of the conferences is to draw attention to the fact that the rehabilitation of the persons with disabilities does not stop at the medical treatment. Successfully applicable methods and procedures were presented.