Disability and rehabilitation

WHO hosts consultation on guidelines for community based rehabilitation

WHO hosted a consultation on the development of guidelines for Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) from 25-27 July 2005. The guidelines will be prepared in collaboration with ILO and UNESCO, and will draw upon a 25-year experience of supporting CBR programmes around the world. Thirty participants attended the consultation representing United Nations agencies, government, nongovernmental organizations and disabled people's organizations. The goal of the meeting was to decide upon a process for developing the CBR guidelines including determining the draft contents. The three-day meeting concluded by agreeing that the CBR guidelines will be a joint publication of WHO, ILO and UNESCO; that they will be developed with active contributions from CBR experts, including experts from nongovernmental organizations and disabled people's organizations; and that they will address five key elements, including health, education, livelihood, social welfare, and empowerment. It is expected that the guidelines will be finalized by 2008, and become reference tools for policy makers and programme implementers planning and conducting CBR.