The Foundation set out to give assistance to those people in Romania, including doctors, nurses and carers who were helping potential patients and existing patients to overcome problems associated with the formation of a stoma or urinary diversion. ROPSF’s aim is to do this by improving the availability of quality ostomy appliances for all patients and encouraging the development of patients support groups; as an extension of this to help establish a central organisation to support local groups.
A further aim is to facilitate research and training into bowel disease and bladder disease as well as screening to include the interchange of surgical and medical expertise between the UK and other EU countries and Romania.
Over the years ROPSF has facilitated the dispatch and distribution of many hundreds of shipments of ostomy products from the UK to hospitals across Romania for stoma patients. Today all Romanian stoma patients are entitled to a supply of ostomy products by way of prescription. Choice and availability of products still needs to be widened and improved especially where babies and very young children are in need of appliances. (See latest news)
Today there is much greater awareness of the needs of stoma patients and many carers and others have been encouraged to help one another.