Incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine or faeces. People of any gender, age or ability can experience incontinence; and leakage can occur at any time, day or night (commonly referred to in children as ‘bedwetting’). Incontinence has a significant impact on the quality of life of people that experience the condition, or who care for people that do.
Members of an informal email group on incontinence in development and humanitarian settings have identified that in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) acknowledgement of incontinence is rare; understanding of the condition is still in its early stages (including prevalence, people’s experiences, and the best ways to manage it); and the provision of support is lacking.
The group is therefore developing tools and collating resources to enable development and humanitarian professionals to better understand incontinence in LMICs, and how best to support people living with the condition to improve their quality of life.
If you would like to join the informal email group on incontinence in development and humanitarian and settings, please contact email@example.com