A group of consultants, researchers and pratitioners ran a really interesting workshop on urinary and faecal incontinence needs in low and middle income countries at last week's WEDC (Water, Engineering and Development Centre) conference in Loughborough, UK. Some of us had been involved in the preparation of
Taking Stock: Incompetent at incontinence – why are we ignoring the needs of incontinence sufferers?
, some work on technological aspects of incontinence and other organisers and participants were newbies to the field.
Two researchers presented on recent work in Zambia and Pakistan, where they found incontinence was rarely discussed by sufferers and health professionals. A practitioner from Norwegian Church Aid discussed incontinence needs in emergency settings.
So we're wondering - what have your experiences been with incontinence in the countries where you work? Is it prevalent? Is it taboo? Does more work need to be done to include those suffering from incontinence in WASH programs?