Community Based Rehabilitation

Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is increasingly being recognised as a highly effective inclusive development strategy. CBR not only provides life-changing rehabilitation to individuals, it also helps to reduce poverty, equalise opportunities and promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in their communities and the wider society.

By incorporating the five key pillars of education, health, livelihood, empowerment and inclusion, CBR enables the active citizenship that is vital for inclusive development. Rather than being another enforced, one-size-fits-all development strategy, CBR is flexible and dynamic enough to be adaptable to different contexts.

In October 2010, WHO, UNESCO, ILO, and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) launched new CBR Guidelines. As part of IDDC, LIGHT FOR THE WORLD was involved in developing these guidelines. We have produced a CBR Guidelines Training Manual. As part of the International Disability and Development Consortium we launched two papers at the first ever Global CBR Congress in Agra, India on 26-28 November 2012: one advocating for the use of the CBR Guidelines, the other on the link between CBR and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Along with the World Health Organisation, other international development NGOs, policy makers and our development partners, LIGHT FOR THE WORLD believes that if properly funded and supported, CBR can also have a global impact by contributing to the implementation of the UNCRPD and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

Over the last 25 years, a quarter million people benefitted from CBR programmes supported by LIGHT FOR THE WORLD in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, South Sudan, Tanzania, DR Congo, Northeast India, Cambodia, and Bolivia.

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