Living with an ostomy can have its challenges – even when you can get the supplies you need relatively quickly. For many patients living in underdeveloped countries and marginalized communities, obtaining ostomy supplies is nearly impossible. One organization – Friends of Ostomates Worldwide – recognized this huge need in the international health community. Last year, the St. Louis WOCN Affiliate learned about the amazing efforts put forth by FOW-USA and took action to support the cause.
The WOCN Society – St. Louis Affiliate donated supplies and funds to support the Friends of Ostomates Worldwide. The mission of Friends of Ostomates Worldwide-USA (FOW-USA), a volunteer-run, non-profit organization, is to provide ostomy supplies and educational resources at no cost to ostomates in need around the world.
The St. Louis WOCN donated unused ostomy supplies and $1,000 to fund the shipment of a pallet of ostomy supplies to be shipped to Bolivia.
Please read more about the FOW-USA organization on their website at this link.
If you or your organization have unused ostomy supplies and would like to donate them to the FOW-USA, please reach out to the WOCN Society – St. Louis Affiliate at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know what supplies you have and we can make arrangements to have them donated to FOW-USA.