World Ostomy Day

World Ostomy Day is celebrated every 3 years in the beginning of October. The next will be October, 2021.

The idea of the World Ostomy Day was born in 1993 and its father is Professor Dr. Gerhard Englert who at that time was the President of IOA. The purpose of the day was to raise public awareness of the condition and improve the quality of life people with a stoma.

Each WOD has the new motto. Here is the list how it was over years:

YearEnglish MottoGerman Motto
1993 Verfügbarkeit von Stomaartikeln – ein Grundrecht von Stomaträgern. Information über das Leben mit dem Stoma: Hoffnung für Stomaträger
1996Cooperation – Key to Ostomy RehabilitationZusammenarbeit – Schlüssel zur Rehabilitation
1999Together into the next MillenniumZusammen ins nächste Jahrtausend
2002Let’s work together – united we are strong!Zusammenarbeit – gemeinsam sind wir stark!
2006Living life to the fullVoll im Leben stehen
2009Reaching outDas Leben bewusst ergreifen / Eine helfende Hand reichen
2012Let’s be heard!Wir möchten Gehör finden!
2015Many stories, one voiceVielen Schicksalen eine Stimme geben
2018Speaking Out Changes LivesOffenheit verändert Leben

Awards for the Czech ILCO

Two awards within two months for the Czech ILCO

Marie Ředinová, who was in October for the fifth time elected head of the Czech ILCO, was awarded the Prize of the Minister of Health for work supporting handicapped people. This prize is being awarded to persons who render considerable and outstanding service to disabled or chronically ill people in the Czech Republic. Ms Marie Ředinová indisputably is such a person. She was decorated on 3 December 2019 in the Spanish Hall of the Prague Castle by the Minister of Health of the Czech Republic Mr Adam Vojtěch.

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President Message

Save the date: EOA Conference 2020 in Italy

Dear friends.

I hope that all of you have had a nice summer so far and a good vacation. But I am very pleased to ask all of you to set aside the dates of 15-19 of April 2020. These are the dates for the next EOA conference which will be held at Garda, about 35 km from the city of Verona in northern Italy. The board of the Italian Ostomy Association FAIS has begun preparations for the conference and me and more members of the EOA-EC will meet with them in October for more planning.  I look very much forward to see as many of you in April 2020 in Italy. Further information on this important conference will be published on the EOA website in time.

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