President Message

Hafnarfjordur Iceland, December 20th.2020.

Dear friends.

Do you remember the presidential message from March this year, where we announced that the new date for our EOA Conference would be in April 2021?  It became obvious very soon that this date could not be kept.  So in a new message from June 2020 the EOA-EC  asked EOA members which new time for the conference they would prefer in 2021: spring or autumn. And the majority chose the later possibility: autumn 2021. Following your opinion the EOA-EC and our partner in Italy, FAIS, have chosen a new date, starting in the evening of Wednesday the 27th of October and ending Saturday the 30th 2021.  Hopefully WE WILL ALL BE THERE!

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ASTOM Russia in times of COVID-19

Activities of the National Association of Ostomy Patients of Russia ASTOM during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought many changes. It has forced us all to find new ways of working, interacting and living. But ASTOM has never stopped its activities within the whole period of lock-down as well as in the post-quarantine period.

Covid-19 has set us unprecedented challenges and disrupted a lot of plans. Thankfully none of the board members and activists have contracted this insidious virus.

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Vice-President Message

Maria Hass: I have met Di several times at IOA Congresses, it was always a pleasure to meet her. Also other members of the current EOA EC have met her during congresses. Di was a very kind and polite person but also very clear in what she said. She was so lively and she was deeply interested in the wellbeing of ostomates all over the world.

EOA EC is very sorry about her death and the loss for the ostomates’ community.

Link: Dielwen E. Bracken

Bosnia and Herzegovina in the time of Covid-19

Dragan Trivun is the founder and president of the association for people with a performed stoma. He also has an ileostomy for 26 years (he was operated in 1994). The ILCO-STOMA RS association is the only association in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The state of emergency due to covid-19 didn’t prevent him from visiting new members. For family members help was necessary because the visit was forbidden from hospital, and they didn’t receive the necessary instructions and recommendations.

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Finilco – Means used for copying with the COVID-19 crisis

Finnilcos actions and work methods in the middle of corona – crisis:

  • We closed down all face to face activities and meetings in local chapters and nationally (immidiately in March)
  • The courses and training for stoma accomodation were cancelled and transformed to later (Some know this kind of activity as camps)
  • The formal meetings (for house of delegates?) in Finnilco and local chapters were moved to autumn. (The government did some changes in laws to allow this in all associations)
  • The visits of supportpersons in hospitals and elderly care were forbidden
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Interview with Snežana S. Milojevic – Ilco Serbia

At the age of 21, when I was a student at the Belgrade Faculty of Economics, I developed symptoms of ulcerative colitis, such as blood in the stool, disturbed bowel movements, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and a weak appetite. I lost weight, became weak, had a fever… No one in my family has ever had similar symptoms. When I asked the doctor what the cause of the disease was, I was told, “It is anxiety-based“ I lived a relaxed life, became a graduate student in economics, I was member of the folklore dance troupe, always always took care of my diet, I didnt smoke…

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