Disability and rehabilitation

2nd CBR World Congress hosted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

From 27-29 September, under the theme “Empowering and Enabling”, more than 1000 delegates from 78 countries gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the 2nd CBR World Congress. The Congress, co-hosted by the Malaysian Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, the Global CBR Network and WHO, was a platform not only to reflect on the achievements of community-based rehabilitation (CBR), but also to determine its future direction, in particular with regard to the role of CBR as an inclusive development strategy. Descriptions of CBR practices from around the world were presented.

In the productive discussions that followed, a recurring theme was the recognition that CBR has evolved into a comprehensive, cross-sectoral, disability-inclusive community development strategy, with a great potential for assisting low- and middle-income countries to achieve related SDG targets and to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It was noted that further research is required to continue documenting the success of CBR as a development strategy. In addition an appeal was made to amplify its success by ensuring that CBR is facilitated by authorities from a broader range of sectors and institutions, including UN agencies.