World Continence Week

Mary Lynne Van Poelgeest-Pomfret is the President of the World Federation of Incontinent Patients (WFIP).

World Continence Week (WCW) is an annual initiative with the primary aim to raise awareness on 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.

World Continence Week 2017 19 -25 June

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 the 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.

WCW Events are held around the world including Canada, USA, China, Denmark, Brazil, Sweden, Singapore, Poland, Greece, Uganda, Italy, Slovakia, New Zealand and Germany and the UK.

Just a couple of examples:
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, click here.  

In the UK a public outdoor event organized by ‘INNOVO’in association with the World Federation of Incontinent Patients for World Continence Week. INNOVO is trying to Break the World Record for the most people simultaneously bouncing on mini-trampolines. This to break the silence around those embarrassing “little leaks”. The plan is to have approx. 350 people bouncing on individual trampolines around lunchtime next Thursday 22nd June in Haggerston Park, Hackney, London, with several special guests on hand to help break the record, including the current record holder. It will be a fun, exciting event that will help to raise awareness of this initiative. Register here.


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