World Ostomy Day Themes

      The aim of World Ostomy Day is to improve the rehabilitation of ostomates worldwide by bringing to the attention of the general public and the global community the needs and aspirations of ostomates and their families.

      In 1993 Professor Dr. Gerhard Englert proposed the idea to organize a so called World Ostomy Day¬©.

      The aim was to draw attention for people with a stoma and pouch, their quality of life, on regional, national and international level.

      Every three years, in the beginning of October, many associations in the whole world organize activities and meetings. The activities to promote awareness around the world will include: educational programmes, seminars, support meetings and demonstrations, displays, electronic information networks, newspaper and magazine announcements, advertisements and articles, publication of informative handout materials and brochures, audio and video announcements and films, personal visits and lobbying activities, official government proclamations and joint activities with complementary agencies and professional health associations.

      World Ostomy Day is sponsored by the International Ostomy Association.

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