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Friends Helping Friends

Our sister organization in the United States, FOW, had a request for ostomy supplies from Iran. Because of the current US sanctions on shipping goods to Iran, they were unable to help. 

So, they contacted Friends of Ostomates Worldwide (Canada) (FOWC) for help. We were glad to assist. Read the email exchange below.

FOWC  wrote:

Iran Ostomy Society

The fow-usa received the message below but cannot send supplies because of the US sanctions.

Could you provide the Dr. with some supplies? 

We at FOWC anticipate sending you more supplies in the spring (end of March beginning of April)

Please let me know

Best regards



From: Doctor

Date: February 1, 2021 at 11:23:20 PM EST
To: Fow-US
Subject: Help

Hello from Iran. I am a colorectal surgeon in Taleghany hospital in Tehran city. Our hospital is governmental and we have many poor patients that cannot prepare ostomy bags. As you know Iran is in a severe sanction and we cannot prepare the bags. I wonder if I could ask you to send us the bags and its accessories for our patients. 

Thank you very much

Taleghany hospital 

Shahid  Beheshti university of medical science 



From: Iran Ostomy Society


Cc: Lorne, “Iran Ostomy”

Sent: Fri, 5 Feb 2021 at 10:36 AM

Subject: Iran Ostomy Society can help ostomy patients

Dear Dr,

First of all, thank for your concern about ostomy patients.

Yesterday, I tried to contact you but could not get hold of you. As you know Iran Ostomy Society helping ostomy patients in all aspects of their needs in Iran. With the generous help of FOW of Canada, we are able to provide ostomy patients with ostomy bags and other accessories at no cost at all. Please refer all your patient to IOS to receive our free services including bags. Also, please inform your fellow colleagues to do so.

We are looking forward to help your ostomy patients.

Best regards,

 Iran Ostomy Society,



Fri., Feb. 5 at 1:10 p.m.

Thanks – that is great news.
When we sort out all of this, I would like to write an article for our spring newsletter, about our working together.
I would send you a copy before making it final.

An email chain showing how the Ostomy Community works together to solve and help each other

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