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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