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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.
FOWUSA is a volunteer group who collect and distributes ostomy supplies to people outside of the USA who have no access to ostomy supplies. An ostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening in the abdomen that drains stool or urine. To manage an ostomy an odor proof pouch is placed around the opening to collect the stool or urine. There are many countries around the world that a person who has undergone this surgical procedure that have no access to the necessary supplies. Without the supplies the person with an ostomy use rags to collect the waste material, the skin around the opening becomes severely irritated and because of the odor involved the person with an ostomy must stay at home and has a poor quality of life. The people who undergo this surgery range from a new born onto through the continuum of life. FOWUSA collects donations of ostomy supplies, sorts and stores them in our warehouse. As we receive requests for supplies, the volunteers pack large pallets of supplies to ship to those in need. We collect the supplies from people in the US who no longer need the supplies or have excess and then we solicit funds to cover our shipping costs from individuals, medical groups as well as foundations