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WEDC 2017: Global WASH Incontinence Side Event

July 25, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm



This session will introduce policy makers, practitioners and researchers to the current realities of incontinence in development and humanitarian contexts in low and middle income countries and will establish next steps for research and action
Dr Peter CulmerIMPRESS Principal Investigator


IMPRESS has teamed up with Cranfield University Water Science Institute to lead this side event at the 40th annual international conference of the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University.

A Malawian mother carrying her 14 year old incontinent daughter to the bathroom to bathe her post defecation

Dedicated to Understanding Incontinence Needs in Low and Middle Income Countries and with contributions from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG), the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Norwegian Church Aid and independent humanitarian and development health and WASH (Water And Sanitation for Health) professionals: Natalie Giorgi-Alberti and Sarah House, this 90min session will include a synopsis of incontinence from the clinical and patient perspective and feedback on incontinence in the field across a broad range of low-income and humanitarian settings including conflict zones. There will also be a spotlight on the challenges of bringing new engineering technologies for incontinence to low and middle income markets and an opportunity for Q&A during a panel discussion session.!cl-selection-end!

The 40th WEDC Conference runs from 24th to 28th July 2017.

Download the side event booklet
Go to our report from this event
Link to WED40 Blog

For more information about WASH protection and accountability in refugee contexts, including in relation to incontinence, read the UNHCR WASH Protection and Accountability briefing note and see the Menstrual Hygiene & Incontinence: Management in Emergencies summary graphic.

See also the Incompetent at Incontinence article from the Waterlines journal July 2016 and Why We Need to Talk About Incontinence op-ed page in The Conversation



July 25, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Loughborough University
Epinal Way
Loughborough, LE11 3TU United Kingdom
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