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Making our successes sustainable

After ten years of involvement in Skardu in the Gilgit Baltistan Province, our local partner organisation is handing over the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) and inclusion work to the local Disabled People’s Organisation. This is a huge success for sustainable development in this region. To date we have reached 68,702 persons in total and 163 children accessed school education in our projects in Pakistan.

Featured Project: CBR and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Ghanche

Persons with Disabilities in Ghanche face extreme social deprivation and lack overall access to health and educational facilities, vocational skills, income earning opportunities and social activities.

Disability inclusion is an effective strategy to reduce poverty of persons with disabilities, especially girls and women, who make up one of the most marginalised groups in Pakistan. Therefore, the project consists not only of rehabilitation but also of educational, economic and social inclusion actions.

Adding to our partner CHIP’s disability inclusion track-record across Pakistan, the project learnings will support systematic advocacy for wider replication and scale-up.

Cultural and political challenges, geographical isolation, and extreme winters make rehabilitation services difficult. Persons with disabilities only gained the right to vote in 2016.

Project Activities

  • Undertake medical assessments and prepare rehabilitation plans for persons with disabilities according to their diagnosis
  • Recruitment of community mobilisers
  • Training of local Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and Disabled Persons’ Organisations (DPOs) on community mobilisation, proposal writing, disability equality, financial management, resource mobilisation, record keeping, report writing and organisational development

Partner: Civil Society Human and Institutional Development Programme (CHIP)
Time frame: 01/06/2016 – 31/05/2019
Budget: € 144,000 annually


  • 600 Persons with Disabilities are rehabilitated
  • The Social Welfare Department, Health Department, and National Data Based Authority are sensitised about adjusting their services for Persons with Disabilities
  • Families, communities and the district administration are sensitised on the importance of rehabilitation for persons with disabilities
  • 9 CBOs and one DPO have become local training and resource centres

>> Download the project brief (pdf/a) here

Map: Pakistan
  • Area: 796,095 km2
  • Population: 182.1 million
  • Life expectancy: 66.6 years
  • Ophthalmologists: 2,300
  • Ophthalmologists supported by us: 22
Malte Fähnders. Credit: Gregor Kuntscher

Your contact person for our programmes in South Sudan & Pakistan: Malte Fähnders

+43 1 810 13 00 - 31
m.faehnders [at]

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