WOD 2021 – 40 years of ISILCO

We invite you to watch this beautiful video in which people with a stoma share their stories and convince us that the stoma is not an obstacle in life. Sometimes it opens up new opportunities, and sometimes it saves lives. The film was made on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Icelandic ostomy association ISILCO. It is available with English and Polish subtitles.

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Online meeting in French

[See below for the recording of the meeting]

On October 4th, the French ostomy association “Union Stomisés Grand Sud” is organizing a 5 hours online-meeting for the French speaking countries and people. It begins at 15 o’clock (Central European Summertime CEST – which means 14 o’clock British Summertime BST) and ends with the official closure at 20 o’clock CEST. People related to ostomy affairs and representatives of ostomy associations from Europe, Canada and several African countries are involved as speakers.

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Living with Ostomy: Personal Stories and Experiences

Although ostomy care has improved significantly in the past decades, some people with ostomy, does still not have access to basic rights, that enable them to live a self-determined and independent life – even in developed countries.

Below patients from around the world share their experiences of being diagnosed and living with ostomy, to ensure the patient voice is heard in efforts to improve ostomy information and care.

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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
2002Yes, we can!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
2021Ostomates’ Rights are Human Rights – anytime and anywhere!Die Rechte von Stomaträgern sind Menschenrechte – immer und überall!