Ostomy Care Guides
Requests for Help
Please visit and learn more about these worthy organizations who share a mission of support for ostomates.
Friends of Ostomates Worldwide Canada: http://www.fowc.ca/ FOW (C) is a not for profit charity based in Canada. They ship quality ostomy supplies around the globe. FOW-USA and FOW (C) work closely together to prevent duplication of efforts and provide the supplies in the most efficient & cost effective manner.
Gay and Lesbian Ostomates (GLO): www.glo-uoaa.org - A support group for the gay/lesbian, and bisexual ostomate (or other type of diversionary procedure), their partners, family, caregivers, and friends.
Girls with Guts: www.girlswithguts.org - The mission of Girls With Guts is to empower girls and women with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohnís Disease & ulcerative colitis) and ostomies to share their stories of confidence and to promote self-esteem.
International Ostomy Association (IOA): http://www.ostomyinternational.org - An association committed to the improvement of the quality of life of ostomates and those with related surgeries, worldwide.
Osto Group: http://www.ostogroup.org - An organization dedicated to helping ostomates without insurance obtain free supplies or ostomy supplies at the best possible prices.
United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA): http://www.uoaa.org - An association of affiliated non-profit support groups committed to improving the quality of life of people who have or will have, an intestinal or urinary diversion.
World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) - An Association of Nurses: www.wcetn.org - Founded in 1978, the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) is the only global organization of ET nurses, with members in both developed and emerging countries from all continents of the world. The organizationís mission is to lead the global advancement of specialized professional nursing care for people with ostomy, wound, or continence needs. As such, the WCET gives official recognition to educational programs in these three fields and runs a biennial Congress for licensed health professionals. The Norma N. Gill Foundation, a sub-committee of the WCET, was established to honor the first ET who was herself an ostomate. The Foundation awards educational scholarships to nurses and also facilitates a twinning program to further the development of ET nursing in emerging countries.
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society: http://www.wocn.org - Founded in 1968, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) is a professional, international nursing society of more than 4,500 healthcare professionals who are experts in the care of patients with wound, ostomy and incontinence. The WOCN Society offers comprehensive benefits to any and all healthcare professionals who are involved in providing wound, ostomy and continence patient care. Members have access to skills and resources that help advance their practice, deliver excellent patient care and help reach their personal and professional goals.
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