WFIPP is organizing An International Multistakeholder Workshop together with the Tampere University on 25-26 April 2022  in Tampere, Finland.

An International Multistakeholder Workshop
25-26 April 2022, Tampere, Finland


Incontinence – i.e. the lack of control of one’s bladder or bowels – is a common health problem that affects large parts of the population across the world.

Yet, societies across the world are designed, built, and governed as if everyone were in control of their bladder and bowels.

Public toileting is designed for those who ‘can hold’.

Waste management infrastructures and housing design do not account for the storage and disposal of incontinence pads – not even in eldercare homes.

In the planning of carbon neutral cities, incontinence is barely mentioned.

Health systems generally lack continence knowledge in primary care, with treatable leaking going regularly untreated – consequently, many people end up using incontinence pads for decades, for problems that could be cured by an early intervention.

The list could go on…

All this threatens the sustainable development of societies – everywhere across the globe. The threat is real.

In OECD countries alone, adult incontinence pads make about five percent of municipal waste, contributing to global warming and climate change through incineration and landfill…

While the industry is constantly searching for new, more sustainable solutions, in societies at large, circular economies for continence products are still in their infancy…

The production of biodegradable pads is still too expensive for market penetration…

Health systems lack integrated services that would fully understand and meet the needs of persons who live with incontinence, at different stages of life…

The positive news is that, in the field of continence care, there is plenty of untapped potential for societal and technological innovations that could help save the planet, while increasing social justice and improving the public economy.

The aim of TISCARE2022 is to catalyse such change.

Bringing together continence care experts in social, political, economic and health sciences, putting them in the same table with continence technology specialists and engineers, experts in urban planning, architecture, waste management, and circular economy, as well as patient organizations, health professionals, and the industry, TISCARE2022 sets out to define, what the term “sustainable continence care” means.

TISCARE2022 understands the terms technology and infrastructure widely, including technologies in the sense of engineering, infrastructures of built environment, as well as infrastructures and technologies of governance in the social scientific and political sense.

The event evolves around parallel workshops, where the participants craft a shared understanding of what sustainable continence care means for different disciplines and industries – and what it takes from different societies to get there.

The data produced in the workshops will be made openly accessible after the event, for the participants to utilise in their own work, be it research, development of health systems, or business initiatives aiming at sustainability transitions.

The event is organised in a hybrid format, allowing both face-to-face and online participation in the plenaries and workshops. To facilitate informal networking and sharing of ideas amongst the participants, there will be evening programme for both the workshop dates. I.e., for those traveling to Tampere, it is advisable to book the departure for Wed 27 April😉.

picture of a wooden doll in between stacks of incontinence pads merged with a picture of a landfill in sunrise


The workshop is organised by the Pad Project – a research project based in Tampere University and funded by the Academy of Finland, Kone Foundation, in collaboration with the World Federation for Incontinence and Pelvic Problems (WFIPP), with funding from Medtronic.