Anyone, of any gender, at any age, can leak urine or faeces. What would you do if it happened to you? What can you do to support people living with incontinence? To start, we need to talk about leaks.
|Title||Incontinence : we need to talk about leaks|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Authors||Rosato-Scott, C, Barrington, DJ, Bhakta, A, House, SJ, Mactaggart, I, Wilbur, J|
|Secondary Title||Frontiers of Sanitation|
|Pagination||43 p. : 7 boxes, fig. photogr., 2 tab.|
|Publisher||Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex|
|Place Published||Brighton, UK|
Incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine or faeces. It is a global health, protection and social care challenge that has a significant impact on the quality of life of people that experience the condition, and those who care for people that do. The water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector can help provide support for people who live with incontinence to be able to live with dignity, but first we need to learn about the challenges people living with incontinence may be facing: we need to talk about leaks.
This issue of Frontiers of Sanitation aims to provide the WASH sector with:
This guide primarily draws on the knowledge and experience of an informal group of international professionals interested in incontinence in both humanitarian and development contexts in LMICs, which the authors have represented to the best of their ability. It relies heavily on emergent research and a relatively small number of case studies on incontinence in LMICs that have been collected to date, and it is hoped that this resource will act as an advocacy tool to push the WASH sector to do more learning and research on this topic.
This practical guide is accompanied by a list of learning and research priorities has been provided (p39), along with a checklist on how to talk about incontinence. [author abstract]