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Access to Healthcare Access to Healthcare Access to Healthcare With our Access to Healthcare program, we strive to help people in developing countries get the professional help they deserve so they can live life with dignity. About Access to Healthcare

Access to healthcare

Access to Healthcare projects bring together practitioners, consumers, NGOs, and other public and private partners to:


  • Train practitioners and raise standards of care
  • Provide users with a voice
  • Advocate for better care and reimbursement with healthcare policy decision makers.

In this section you’ll find a description of the program, as well as an overviewof our current projects and, a guide on how to start a project and impacts derived from the program. We also detail the social impact of some of the projects.

South Africa South Africa Workshop of comprehensive management of SCI, IC awareness and reimbursement – an investigation. Project in South Africa

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South Africa Workshop of comprehensive management of SCI:

3 day training course. Partner: ISCoS. AIM: Train 100 doctors and nurses in Spinal Cord Injury management as part of the annual ISCoS conference.

South Africa IC Awareness and reimbursement – and investigation:

Training for HCPs to build IC awareness and an IC reimbursement investigation. Partner: Quad Para Association of South Africa (QASA). AIM: Creating awareness among South African Health Care Professionals on intermittent catheterization benefits for SCI patients and understanding in depth how new IC standards of care can be covered within South Africa’s existing healthcare financing and reimbursement structures.



Through the Access to Healthcare program many people with intimate healthcare needs have been heard, helped and advocated for. Our efforts are not always rewarded by immediate impact but the awareness of chronic care disease management in Emerging Markets is growing. We believe that our long-term impact in those regions will keep increasing with every new encounter and every new partnership.

”Two serious challenges in Mexico are how to make the healthcare system notice ostomy patients and how to train nurses to deal with these conditions. The guidelines we’ve prepared together with Access to Healthcare have helped bring light to individuals who require such specific attention. Working with Coloplast has been a truly enriching experience. They have shown a sincere commitment to see the project carried out and I’m thankful for that. These guidelines are really going to improve the quality of life for people in our country.”
/Otilia Castañeda – Nurse and former AMCHICHAC president, Mexico

Creating long-term sustainable partnerships Creating long-term sustainable partnerships Creating long-term sustainable partnerships Access to Healthcare projects are based on local and international partnerships with organizations that have significant and demonstrated experience within the fields of stoma, continence and wound care. Creating long-term sustainable partnerships

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The program works in partnership with local stakeholders to improve conditions for those with intimate healthcare needs. That means project partners can expect to work closely in the field with representatives from a local Coloplast subsidiary in shaping and implementing projects.Project ideas can be initiated by both external partners or by Coloplast, but are typically developed and finalised together.
In all instances, Access to Healthcare seeks partners who share our goal of building better intimate healthcare for end users in project countries, and who have demonstrated expertise in project and program management.

Helping people with intimate healthcare needs Helping people with intimate healthcare needs Access to healthcare projects typically focus Read more here

Improving Capacity for better intimate healthcare

In other words, building capacity for better intimate healthcare within bowel, urinary or wound diseases through training of healthcare practitioners (nurses, doctors, surgeons or other providers of care).


Promoting awareness and understanding

Helping those with intimate healthcare needs better explain and address the challenges they face in living with chronic bowel, urinary or wound diseases.  The measures might include the formation of end user groups and peer-to-peer programmes that address quality of life issues or address taboos or difficulties that individuals face in their daily living.



Working with healthcare practitioners and health policy makers to improve standards of care and provide more robust treatment and reimbursement environments for those with intimate healthcare needs.

Why Access to Healthcare? Why Access to Healthcare? Why create an Access to Healthcare project? Read more here

Because it benefits end-users, supports the long-term growth of Coloplast, builds and strengthens relationships with key stakeholders and creates an impact.


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