Incontinence – ending the silence

A new online knowledge hub, Support In Continence, will raise awareness about incontinence and help to improve care

Mary Lynne Van Poelgeest-Pomfret

President, World Federation for Incontinence and Pelvic Problems

I am a very excited patient advocate at the moment! My enthusiasm springs from the latest initiative by the World Federation for Incontinence and Pelvic Problems, an umbrella organisation of which I am the President.

Incontinence – urinary and, especially, faecal – are not exactly topics that we talk about openly. It is an extremely bothersome ‘silent’ condition. Too often, nothing is said, and people do not consult their GP or other healthcare professional.

To address this, we have launched Support In Continence, a web-based all-inclusive platform. It will be the go-to place for patients, their families, carers (formal and informal), healthcare professionals, researchers and industry to consult on any topic related to bladder and bowel leakage.

The variety and wealth of knowledge on the platform is amazing. We have scoured the globe for precise and trustworthy information and, of course, obtained the necessary authorisations to use it for the platform.

After the initial launch in English during MedTech Week, the platform will be translated in six additional languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch and Polish.

Developing this project has been a mammoth undertaking, but we have worked with inspired and inspiring people to bring this idea to life.

The MedTech Week Magazine 2020 is available in both PDF and online (single articles) formats and you can find the WFIPP contribution on p.76