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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