Romanian Communiqué



I am very glad to announce that the 2013 year was a good year for the young ostomates from Romania and from other European countries as well. We initiated and implemented here two European projects for young people with IBD (Inflamatory Bowel Diseases) and ostomates.

24th June – 1st July: “Developing Our Lifelong Learning Skills”/ Calarasi

1st – 10th October: “Non-Formal Medieval Festival” / Sighisoara

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ASTOM Moscow celebrated its 20th anniversary

Ostomy Patients’ Association ASTOM celebrated its 20th anniversary

On the 19th of April Ostomy Patients’ association ASTOM celebrated its 20th anniversary in the unique historical place of the 2nd world war and cold war times located in the very heart of Moscow Bunker-42.

You can see a video report of the event at

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Dr. Carlo Pezcoller in Kisumu, Kenya 2013

The visit of Dr. Carlo Pezcoller to Kisumu. Kenya in February 2013

With the true friends one arrives very far.

European Ostomy Association, Lions Clubs of Modena (Italy) and Kenia, and FAIS (Italian ostomy Association) take hope and concreteness to the African countries of the great lakes

And where are the great African lakes? They are on the East African uplands, around the equator. The largest one is the lake Victoria and alongside its banks three states border: Kenia, Tanzania and Uganda. The towns are, of course, in large numbers. Among them, there is Kisumu, a Kenian small town where the last February the recentest course on stoma surgery and stoma care was held. This course and training was supported mainly by the project LFSC, Lions For Stoma Care, then by EOA, and also by FAIS.

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Towards an Ethiopian Ostomy Association

The visit of Arne Holte and Giuseppe De Salvo to Addis Ababa in September 2011

From the 22rd to the 24th of last September, Arne Holte, past EOA president and I, Giuseppe De Salvo, vice president EOA, went to Addis Ababa to help to start an Ethiopian Ostomy Association.

Mr. Aberra W, an Ethiopian ostomate, is already the focal point for the ostomy patients operated in the Black Lion Hospital, the principal hospital of Addis Ababa. He arranged three meetings for us with the doctors of the Black Lion Hospital, with a group of ostomates and their relatives, and with other doctors working in two private hospitals of Addis. We also went to a pharmacy to see the ostomy appliances they could offer – which was like nothing – and too expensive.

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