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The World Federation of Incontinent Patients (WFIP) is a global federation of national patient organizations for sufferers of incontinence and related pelvic floor disorders.

The Federation is dedicated to promoting worldwide the interests of such patients and patient associations.

The Federation provides its individual member associations with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and guidelines and educational resources.

It seeks international cooperation and consensus via advocacy, public health education, and contact with official and scientific bodies and other patient advocacy groups.


  • Developing international guidelines for patients in preventive, lifestyle measures to reduce risks of incontinence and when to seek help for symptoms;
  • Elevating the visibility of WFIP; and
  • Mentoring to give life to new patient advocacy groups in countries without a patient voice.

Benefits of Membership

Members of the WFIP work together…

  • To support changes on an international front, across multiple communities of nations
  • To share experiences for drawing contrasts and comparisons of different health delivery systems, even within the EU, to strengthen the collected advocacy voice
  • Through affiliation, to issue a calling for representation of patient rights – and consumer rights broadly – as a global responsibility each of us carries
  • To undertake collaborative work among our respective patient advocacy organizations so as to accomplish more with pooled resources and strength rather than divided, individual efforts

Join us

The WFIP is mostly comprised of patient advocacy organizations, though doctors, non-government organizations, and non-commercial entities are welcome to become members of the WFIP. If you want to join us, please contact us here.


Francesco Diomede (Italy)

Lynne Van Poelgeest (Netherlands)

Jacqueline Cahill (Canada)

Tomasz Michalek (Poland)

Marta Lauritzen (Sweden)
Member at large


Bill of patients rights

  1. Receive treatment
  2. Have unrestricted access to services
  3. Be given a correct  and timely diagnosis
  4. Obtain up-to-date information
  5. Be given treatment options with freedom of choice
  6. Participate in the decision process
  7. Have access to quality therapy and medical care
  8. Have access to public toilets
  9. Have access to interdisciplinary care


Constitutional Act and Statute

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