Disabilities and rehabilitation

Community-based rehabilitation guidelines

Recommendations to develop guidelines on community-based rehabilitation (CBR) were made during the International Consultation to Review Community-based Rehabilitation which was held in Helsinki, Finland in 2003. WHO; the International Labour Organization; the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; and the International Disability and Development Consortium – notably CBM, Handicap International, the Italian Association Amici di Raoul Follereau, Light for the World, the Norwegian Association of Disabled and Sightsavers – have worked closely together to develop the Community-based rehabilitation guidelines. More than 180 individuals and representatives of nearly 300 organizations, mostly from low-income and middle-income countries around the world, have been involved in their development.

The Community-based rehabilitation guidelines:

    • Provide guidance on how to develop and strengthen CBR programmes;
    • Promote CBR as a strategy for community-based development involving people with disabilities;
    • Support stakeholders to meet the basic needs and enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities and their families;
    • Encourage the empowerment of people with disabilities and their families.

CBR Guidelines by component

Introductory booklet
Health component
Education component
Livelihood component
Social component
Empowerment component
Supplementary booklet

CBR Guidelines in full

CBR matrix

The CBR matrix gives an overall visual representation of CBR. It consists of five key components, each divided into five key elements. Each of these elements will have a dedicated chapter in the guidelines.

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