Community Based Rehabilitation

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Definition of CBR

Over the past three decades, CBR emerged as an
effective method of providing rehabilitation
services to people with disabilities and their
families. According to the ILO, UNESCO and
WHO Joint Position Paper (2004, p2.), CBR is
defined as ‘a strategy within a general community
development for the rehabilitation, equalisation
of opportunities, poverty reduction and social
inclusion of all people with disabilities’.

Unlike conventional rehabilitation programmes,
CBR places equal emphasis on inclusion, equality
and socio-economic development as well as
rehabilitation of all people with disabilities.

Implementing CBR
The implementation of CBR differs from country
to country. In order to capture the different ways
in which CBR is implemented the WHO (2005)
developed a matrix (see Table 1) that incorporates
the topic areas which an effective CBR
programme may contain.
The 5 topic areas (health, education, livelihoods,
empowerment and social) each have 5 key
elements, which inform the implementation of
CBR. Both the topic areas and their elements are
underpinned by the principles of participation,
inclusion, sustainability and self advocacy. According
to the WHO (2005), these principles should
inform and affect the activities within each of the
topic areas.

Source:
http://www.create-cbr.co.za/newsletternov08.pdf

CBR NEWS UPDATE
Volume 5, Issue 3 November 2008
PO Box 100275
Scottsville
3209
South Africa
Phone/Fax: +27 (0)33 3455088
Email: create3@telkomsa.net
Website: www.create-cbr.co.za

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