Disability and rehabilitation

CBR Network for the Americas and the Caribbean

On 13-14 November in San José, Costa Rica, WHO and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) jointly organized a workshop to discuss the creation of a Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) Network for the Americas and the Caribbean. Delegates from Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru took part in the meeting. The group agreed to the creation of a CBR Network which will be called "Red de Rehabilitación Basada en la Comunidad de las Américas y el Caribe". Solangel Garcia from Colombia was nominated as the convener of the Network and several subcommittees were formed to carry out the following tasks:

  • document the evolution of the CBR in the Americas and the Caribbean region
  • develop a CBR database for the region and foster dialogue between CBR implementers and practitioners
  • prepare the second Continental Congress of CBR of the Americas and the Caribbean in Mexico from 9 -11 December 2009
  • advance the development of the constitution, rules and regulations, membership criteria and election process

Subcommittees will carry out these activities, with a Network committee to be elected during the 2009 CBR Congress. The next Congress will also provide an opportunity for the Constitution of the Network to be presented.

The meeting was supported by WHO, PAHO, the Christian Blind Mission (CBM), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Council of Rehabilitation and Special Education of Costa Rica (CNREE).