The International Continence and its global counterparts launched the first World Continence Week (WCW) in June 2009. WCW is an annual initiative and its primary aim is to raise awareness about incontinence related issues.
The Society for Continence (Singapore) SFCS originated from the dedicated efforts of a group of doctors, nurses and rehabilitation therapists who recognised the special needs of the incontinent as far back as 1988. SFCS started its promotional activities soon after its formation. Health talks on incontinence management were organised several times a year and in addition, various clinical teachings and training sessions for doctors and nurses were implemented in hospitals and other medical institutions such as nursing homes. The Society also recognises the importance of global networking in this area and took serious measures in helping our neighbouring countries in setting up similar organisations. In total there are 12 Continence Societies in Asia Pacific and 44 Continence organisations worldwide involved in WCW programme.
Incontinence is the unwanted and involuntary leakage of urine or stool. Incontinence is a sensitive condition that affects an estimated 200 million people across the world. Historically, conditions affecting the bladder and bowel have often been uncomfortable or “taboo” subjects and as such, these medical disorders have been underreported and under-diagnosed. Surveys have shown that less 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. Asia Pacific Advisory Board’s study showed that an overall prevalence of urinary incontinence in Asia was alarmingly high at 14.5 % in women and 6.8% in men in 1998. This result indicates that there is an obvious need to educate healthcare providers and the public about this condition. World Health Organisation has identified incontinence as a major health issue at the International Consultation on Incontinence in June 1998, Monaco, France.
In view of this, WCW seeks to draw attention and to increase awareness about these conditions and to boost sufferers’ the confidence to seek help and ultimately 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 multidisciplinary approach for treatment