Disability and rehabilitation

Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)

Guidelines on Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR)

Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) guidelines provide practical suggestions to programme managers on how to develop or strengthen community-based programmes to be inclusive of people with disabilities and their families. Community-based rehabilitation is implemented through the combined efforts of disabled people, their families and communities, and representatives of the appropriate health, education, vocational and social sectors.

Meeting reports on the development of the CBR guidelines

Technical documents

CBR: A Strategy for Rehabilitation, Equalization of Opportunities, Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities (Joint Position Paper 2004)

This ILO/UNESCO/WHO publication focuses on community-based rehabilitation as an effective strategy for increasing opportunities for people with disabilities. The document emphasizes the importance of the direct participation of people with disabilities in planning and implementing community-based rehabilitation programmes, the need for increased collaboration among sectors providing services, and the need for government support and development of national policies.

WHO/ILEP technical guide on community-based rehabilitation and leprosy (2007)

This manual is for implementers of community-based rehabilitation (CBR) and leprosy programmes. Its main aim is to support the inclusion of people with leprosy in existing CBR programmes.

International consultation to review community-based rehabilitation (report, 2003)

This report follows a global consultation held in Helsinki, Finland in May 2003 to review the community-based rehabilitation approach which has been in practice globally for more than two decades.

Community-based rehabilitation in urban slums and low-income groups (2002)

This document proposes general guidelines for initiating and sustaining the community-based rehabilitation approach in urban slums and other low-income areas. The document is based on experiences from such settings in several countries.

Community-based rehabilitation as we have experienced it... voices of persons with disabilities (part 1, 2002)

Part 1 of the study outlines a number of recommendations given by people with disabilities about how community-based rehabilitation programmes could be improved. It recommends that people with disabilities serve as role models, advocates and experts in such programmes to increase their quality and efficiency.

Community-based rehabilitation as we have experienced it... voices of persons with disabilities (part 2, 2002)

Part 2 of the study provides country profiles from Ghana, Guyana and Nepal.

Guidelines for conducting, monitoring and self-assessment of community-based rehabilitation programmes: using evaluation information to improve programmes (1996)

This document promotes new ideas and approaches to conducting, monitoring and self-assessing community-based rehabilitation programmes. The guideline highlights these as basic elements of any community-based rehabilitation programme evaluation.

Equal opportunities for all: a community-based rehabilitation project for refugees (1996)

Jointly prepared by the Norwegian Association of the Disabled, UNHCR and WHO, this document reviews the suitability of the community-based rehabilitation approach in refugee settings.

Community-based rehabilitation and the health care referral services: a guide for programme managers (1994)

This guide is aimed for use by programme managers who plan, implement and evaluate community-based rehabilitation programmes. The guide focuses on the role of the health care system in community-based rehabilitation and related referral services.

Training in the community for people with disabilities (1989)

This manual is for people in the community who are planning, implementing or evaluating a community-based rehabilitation programme. The manual consists of 4 guides and 30 training packages. The guides target local supervisors, the community rehabilitation committee, people with disabilities, and schoolteachers. The training packages are for family members of people with disabilities, and contain information about different types of disabilities and rehabilitation procedures that will help them to assist people with disabilities in their daily lives.