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Zimbabwe Ostomates Support Trust is a volunteer-run ,independent non-profit-making  organization based in Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe .The organization is registered as a trust under Deed Number  MA 117/17. It provides ostomy-care, products and educational materials to ostomates across Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Ostomates Support Trust works diligently to ensure that ostomates have access to vital supplies wherever they need them, irrespective of where they live in Zimbabwe. Although the physical location is 713 Gainesville Street, Glen Lorne, Harare,  Harare, the organization’s outreach activities currently cover most parts of Harare, Chitungwiza, Chegutu, Masvingo, Bindura and parts of the Midlands. The Trust’s work is made possible through financial and material donations by partner organizations as well as by some individuals.


The Organization Profile gives a background of Zimbabwe Ostomates Support Trust, its vision, mission and values, governance, activities and a list of our current partners.


To lead in the provision of ostomy services in Zimbabwe.


To increase access to ostomy services by ostomate patients, enabling them to lead happy and healthy lives. .

Core Values

Honesty, Inclusiveness, Teamwork, Confidentiality, Quality, Honesty, Inclusiveness, Teamwork, Quality


Trust Number: MA117/17

Zimra BP number: 0200196767


What is a Stoma?

The terms ‘stoma’ and ‘ostomy’ are often used interchangeably but what do they mean? A stoma is an opening on the surface of the abdomen which has been surgically created to divert the flow of faeces or urine.

People who have had stoma surgery – sometimes known as ‘ostomates’ or ‘ostomists’ – are more common than people might think.

Individuals of all ages can have a stoma. There are many reasons for surgery, including, Cancer, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s (often referred to as Inflammatory Bowel Disease), diverticular disease or trauma. Children as young as just one day old can sometimes have stoma surgery as a result of being born with a birth defect.

There are three main types of stoma – colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy – all are diversions from the bowel or bladder and there are some differences between them.

Generally, a stoma will be pink and moist (like the inside of our mouths). A stoma will initially be swollen after the operation but this will reduce after 6-8 weeks. There are no nerves in a stoma so there are no sensations when touching it. Everyone’s stoma is different in size or shape – and some people even name them!

Karen Bruton


Changing an Ostomy Pouching System



Canadian …ET nurse working with Zimbabwe Ostomates Support Trust

Karen Bruton


Karen works frontline as a community health nurse in Northern Outpost Nursing for First Nations Communities. She does work for Health Canada assessing wound, ostomy, nutrition treatments for the First Nations and Inuit Non-Insured Health Benefits Program. Also is a nursing educator/consultant for private practice and industry specializing in wounds, ostomies and continence care. Previously worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Professional Practice leader in a community hospital.

Karen has taken numerous continuing education courses including the Master of Clinical Science – Wound Healing (Western University); Bachelor Science of Nursing; Enterostomal Therapist Certificate (Ryerson University) and the International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Course (University of Toronto). She is certified in Enterostomal Therapy by the Canadian Nurses Association.

In 2012 she was on the development panels for the RNAO’s Best Practice Guideline “Assessment and Management of Foot Ulcers for People with Diabetes” and in 2008 “Ostomy Care”. Writes a column in Ostomy Canada called Ask an ET. I  also do consultancy with Zimbabwe Ostomates Support Trust.

Type of Stoma


A Colostomy is the term used to describe an opening from the colon (large intestine).

The surgeon will bring a part of the colon from inside the patient’s body, through their abdomen to the outside and stitch it down to secure it. Normally, this will be on the left side of the abdomen.

The output from a colostomy differs from person to person but the stoma commonly functions between 1 to 3 times a day. The output tends to be more solid and often resembles a traditional stool. Once the stoma has functioned the stoma bag is usually changed for a clean one.


An ileostomy is the term used to describe an opening from the small intestine, specifically the ileum.

The surgeon will bring a part of the small intestine from inside the patients’ body, through their abdomen to the outside and stich it down to secure it. Typically, this will be on the right of the abdomen.

An ileostomy is more active, with the output being looser than that of a colostomy. An ileostomy bag will be worn that enables drainage into the toilet between 3-6 times a day.


A urostomy (also called an ileal conduit) is the term used to describe an opening for a person’s urine.

A urostomy is formed by taking a piece of a person’s small intestine and attaching the ureters to it forming a passageway for urine to pass through. One end of the tube is brought out through the abdomen to create a urostomy. Usually the bladder is removed but this depends on the operation.

A Urostomy is normally on the right-hand side of a person’s abdomen and will have a small spout to allow the urine to exit the body. The urostomy bag will have a bung or tap on the bottom to allow urine to be drained at regular intervals into the toilet.

A Guide to Living with an Urostomy

Urostomy Guide