Incontinence in Zambia
Understanding the coping strategies for Sufferers
Incontinence is a prevalent worldwide healthcare challenge which significantly impacts the quality of life of both sufferers and carers. In higher-income countries with well-developed healthcare systems, experience shows that simple behavioural changes and technologies can bring dramatic improvements for those who endure daily life with the condition. Translating such methods for managing incontinence to low-income settings would benefit indigenous sufferers and carers, but to do so requires an understanding of local challenges to inform and drive effective innovation.
Little is known about the implications of living with incontinence for sufferers and carers in low-income settings. My research project aims to reduce the knowledge gap by providing an understanding of the coping strategies used by sufferers and carers in Central Province, Zambia. It also aims to identify gaps in the provision of incontinence management, and where an engineering innovation could make an improvement to the quality of lives of sufferers and carers.