ILCO AUSTRIA – Österreichische ILCO Stoma-Dachverband 2020 – 2021

With the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic, work in the self-help groups was abruptly suspended. Communication was increasingly carried out by phone, SMS and other messaging services. Also various webinars were made available. Nevertheless, we managed to keep in touch with all of our regional groups throughout the entire period and to publish our ILCO magazine as usual.

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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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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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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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