World Continence Week (WCW) is a global initiative managed by WFIP, the World Federation for Incontinence and Pelvic Problems. Held for a week every year, WCW primarily aims to raise awareness of continence related issues around the globe.
Incontinence is the unwanted and involuntary leakage of urine or stool. It affects an estimated 400 million people across the world.
The sensitive nature of incontinence makes it difficult for many to seek help. Surveys have shown that fewer than 40% of persons with urinary incontinence mention their problem to a doctor or nurse. 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, World Continence Week seeks to increase public awareness about incontinence and give those who need it, the confidence to seek help and improve their quality of life.
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