Research has shown that there is a lack of data regarding the scale of incontinence within humanitarian settings, particularly within older populations whose needs are often deprioritised, and a lack of understanding amongst humanitarian practitioners on what incontinence is, the causes and the potential support that can be given across WASH, Health, and Protection. A significant psychological burden felt by older people with incontinence and their caregivers, and the need for more support for individuals to be able to manage incontinence at the household level were identified as key areas of intervention. Our project seeks to address these gaps.
This project builds on our previous research, funded by the HIF in 2019, that identified gaps in data, understanding, and treatment. With an understanding of these gaps, we will co-create training materials and provide capacity building to empower older people and their caregivers to better control and manage incontinence during humanitarian crisis.
Our approach – whilst not necessarily innovative – will have a high level of participation of older people and their caregivers in creating guidance to be used by humanitarian practitioners. This process often happens the other way around – that humanitarians provide guidance on the best way to create programming – but we are aiming for the creation of guidance to come directly from those who would benefit from it
We aim to have worked with over 500 older people with incontinence and their caregivers, to increase the capacity within the humanitarian sector to routinely gather data on, collaborate with, and provide dignified solutions for older people and caregivers to better manage incontinence.
Materials produced will be openly available for use across the humanitarian sector.
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