Ostomy Care Guides
Requests for Help
The Friends of Ostomates Worldwide-USA is a volunteer-run, non-profit
organization providing ostomy supplies and educational materials to ostomates in need
around the world.|
Through Project SHARE (Sending Help and Rehabilitation Everywhere) FOW-USA collects new, surplus ostomy supplies from generous individuals and organizations in the United States and ships them to developing countries where ostomates do not have access to these vital supplies. The donated products are sent to the FOW-USA warehouse space in the Louisville, KY, area at the donor’s own expense. A team of volunteers gathers regularly at the warehouse to unpack the supplies, organize them, match the donations with needs, and repack them for shipment overseas. A volunteer communicates with organizations in the receiving country, such as hospitals, clinics, and ostomy associations, to identify product needs and ensure that the supplies will be distributed free of charge to needy ostomates. See Request for Help. From its founding in 1986 through July 2010, FOW-USA has shipped over 250,000 pounds of ostomy supplies to 65 countries worldwide. The value of these supplies is estimated at approximately $12,000,000. See Shipping History for details.
FOW-USA also funds memberships in the World Council for Enterostomal Therapists for people who care for ostomates in developing countries, and has purchased video cameras for clinics in Zimbabwe and Pakistan to help experienced professionals teach both health workers and ostomates about ostomy care.
FOW-USA relies on supply donations and financial contributions to continue its important work. See the donations page of the website to learn how you can support FOW-USA.
You may view and download the FOW-USA Newsletter by clicking on newsletter or the Brochure by clicking on brochure. FOW-USA also has a description of the work of the organization, available as a Power Point presentation. Click on FOW-USA Story for the presentation. Additionally, the Ostomy Care Guidebooks originally published by the United Ostomy Association (now UOAA) are available in English and in Spanish by clicking on ostomy care guidebooks.
Please contact us at email@example.com
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