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World Continence Week 20-26 June 2022


17th June 2022
World Continence Week (WCW) is an annual initiative devised and managed by WFIPP, with the approval of the International Continence Society (ICS) and European Association of Urology(EAU). It is a global initiative intended to raise awareness of bladder & bowel issues, chronic pelvic pain and other debilitating conditions which impact greatly on the lives of patients and carers.
World Continence Week (WCW) is an annual initiative devised and managed by WFIPP, with the approval of the International Continence Society (ICS) and European Association of Urology (EAU).  It is a global initiative intended to raise awareness of bladder and bowel issues, chronic pelvic pain and other debilitating conditions which impact greatly on the lives of patients and carers.  The main theme for 2022 is Sustainable Continence Care.
Clearly, the objective is to raise global awareness of such conditions and help remove stigmas and taboos via events, publications, press releases and the like. This with a view to providing a reliable and easily accessible forum for those seeking information - patients, families, carers, healthcare professionals, institutions (scientific and academic) and industry; and of course all the patient advisory groups around the world.
Incontinence is the unwanted and involuntary leakage of urine or stool. Incontinence is a sensitive condition that affects an estimated 400 million people across the world. Historically, conditions affecting the bladder and bowel have often been uncomfortable or "taboo" subjects and accordingly these medical disorders have been underreported and under-diagnosed. Surveys have shown that fewer than 40% of persons with urinary incontinence mention their problem to a doctor or nurse and this figure is even higher for those with bowel incontinence. These conditions have been inadequately treated and poorly addressed by medical professionals, despite the substantial impact on individual health, self-esteem and quality of life.
In light of this, WCW seeks to draw attention to and increase public awareness about these conditions and to give sufferers the confidence to seek help and improve their quality of life.
Vision of World Continence Week
  • Globally facilitate continence awareness and promotion to improve health, wellness and quality of life.
  • Provide a reputable forum for those seeking information on Continence Promotion and therapies.
  • Create a worldwide network of events and organisations that will be recognised as leading authorities of Continence and Bladder and Bowel Health information.
  • Further establish Continence Awareness and promote a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment.

Website: World Continence Week 2022

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