Frontiers of Sanitation – Incontinence: we need to talk about leaks

A new co-authored publication and checklist


This week, a new guidance document on incontinence I have co-authored with a fantastic group of colleagues has been published through the Sanitation Learning Hub at the Institute of Development Studies:

Rosato-Scott, C., Barrington, D. J., Bhakta, A., House, S. J., Mactaggart, I. and Wilbur, J. (2020) ‘Incontinence: We Need to Talk About Leaks’, Frontiers of Sanitation: Innovations and Insights 16, Brighton: IDS, DOI: 10.19088/SLH.2020.005

This Frontiers of Sanitation includes:

  • A basic introduction to incontinence and the realities that people living with incontinence face;
  • Practical suggestions for how to identify and engage with people living with incontinence to start ‘talking about leaks’; and
  • Practical suggestions for the WASH sector (and others) to contribute to reducing inequalities associated with incontinence.

The guide is based on the knowledge of experts and practitioners who are interested in incontinence in low- and middle-income countries and emerging research on the topic. This guide is accompanied by a handy checklist on how to talk about incontinence.