Disabilities and rehabilitation

Community-based rehabilitation (CBR)

Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) focuses on enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families; meeting basic needs; and ensuring inclusion and participation. It is a multi-sectoral strategy that empowers persons with disabilities to access and benefit from education, employment, health and social services. CBR is implemented through the combined efforts of people with disabilities, their families and communities, and relevant government and non-government health, education, vocational, social and other services.

What WHO is doing

CBR was initiated by WHO following the Declaration of Alma-Ata in 1978. In partnership with other UN agencies, collaborating centres and nongovernmental organizations, WHO:

  • develops guidelines for CBR;
  • conducts regional and country workshops to promote CBR and to develop national or regional CBR strategies;
  • supports Member States to initiate or strengthen existing CBR programs;
  • developing a CBR Global database and network.

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