Changing bodies, changing needs – next step

Calls for action:

  • Prioritize hygiene and health solutions for those with special needs. In the community, in healthcare facilities, and in national policies, all people, especially those who are most vulnerable, should be given the best possible care for their hygiene and health.
  • Enable individuals with incontinence to lead more dignified lives. Incontinence should be more openly discussed and made a priority for public health. A person-centered approach should be a central part of continence care.
  • Integrate hygiene practices of all healthcare. We need to continue deepening our knowledge on how infections can be prevented, train medical workers in good hygiene practices, ensure that all care facilities have access to clean water and hand disinfectants, follow up and monitor improvement, share best practices among institutions, and use innovative methods to improve hand hygiene compliance.