World Continence Week
Please note the World Federation of Incontinence Patients (WFIP) have taken over the organisation of all future WCW events, please see the WFIP website for promotional materials.
The ICS World Continence Week (WCW) is an annual initiative with the primary aim to raise awareness about incontinence related issues.WCW was initiated at ICS 2008 in Cairo with the first ever World Continence Day. This became World Continence Week (WCW) in June 2009 with activities being developed worldwide.
World Continence Week will always be held from Monday to Sunday in the last week of June, although variations can be made to suit a country's circumstances.
Incontinence is the unwanted and involuntary leakage of urine or stool. Incontinence is a sensitive condition that affects an estimated 400 million people across the world. Historically, conditions affecting the bladder and bowel have often been uncomfortable or "taboo" subjects and accordingly these medical disorders have been underreported and under-diagnosed. Surveys have shown that fewer than 40% of persons with urinary incontinence mention their problem to a doctor or nurse and this figure is even higher for those with bowel incontinence. These conditions have been inadequately treated and poorly addressed by medical professionals, despite the substantial impact on individual health, self-esteem and quality of life.
In light of this, WCW seeks to draw attention to and increase public awareness about these conditions and to give sufferers the confidence to seek help and improve their quality of life.
Vision of World Continence Week
- Globally facilitate continence awareness and promotion to improve health, wellness and quality of life.
- Provide a reputable forum for those seeking information on Continence Promotion and therapies.
- Create a worldwide network of events and organisations that will be recognised as leading authorities of Continence and Bladder and Bowel Health information.
- Further establish Continence Awareness and promote a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment.
WCW Events have been held around the world including the USA, China, Singapore, Poland, Slovakia, New Zealand and Germany.
View upcoming continence events around the globe
The ICS CPC has many ideas, contacts and resources for events that you can organise in your region. Please let us know your ideas and plans and we will assist you to get started on your WCW event.
Email the CPC
Download the WCW Resource Pack
View the WCW Fact Sheet
Future World Continence Weeks
WCW is always held on the last Monday to Sunday in June each year.
- 2015: 22 - 28 June
- 2016: 20 – 26 June
- 2017: 19 – 25 June
The following video was created in 2010 describing the aims of World Continence Week: