Welcome to the World Continence Week 2017 Pack (18th to 24th June).
Find here what you need to support WCW17
- Download the WCW17 materials by clicking on each image and then right click and save image
- Use the hashtag #WCW17 in all social networks communications
- In order to help us build the WCW17 Report, tell us about your organisation and the activities you plan to do. You can answer the Report Form Online here in a few minutes or fill in this Report Form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please spread the word text and photos welcome – or words to that effect – and good luck with the WCW campaign hosted by WFIP.
Thank you for your support!
WCW 2017 materials have been made possible with the support of an unrestricted grant from B-wom, a women’s health organisation (Mobile app available in iOS and Android for free).
What is WCW?
World Continence Week (WCW) is an annual initiative with the primary aim to raise awareness about incontinence related issues. WCW was initiated by the International Continence Society (ICS) in 2008 with the first ever World Continence Day. This became World Continence Week (WCW) in June 2009 with activities being developed worldwide. In 2016 the ICS passed WCW to the World Federation of Incontinent Patients (WFIP) who now coordinates this yearly activity.
World Continence Week is always held the third week of June, although variations can be made to suit a country’s circumstances.
WCW Events are held around the world including Canada, USA, China, Denmark, Brazil, Singapore, Poland, Greece, Uganda, Italy, Slovakia, New Zealand and Germany.
This year, The Canadian Continence Foundation (TCCF) is co-hosting a Public Forum on Pelvic Floor Health in conjunction with the International Urogynaecology Association (IUGA) in Vancouver, for more information here.
Context and facts
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.
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