WHO and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) host workshop on Community Based Rehabilitation in Syria
6 December 2007 - On 6 December, WHO and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) jointly held a workshop on Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in Damascus, Syria in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour. The objectives of the workshop were to share experiences and learn from the existing CBR programmes in the region; promote CBR as a key multi-sectoral strategy for empowering and ensuring the basic needs of disabled persons; and build capacity among CBR implementers in Syria and JICA staff from various countries. Participants included around 60 persons from the Government of Syria (Education, Endowment, Health, Information and Social Affairs and Labour); JICA offices in Egypt, Jordan and Syria; the Ministry of Education of Egypt, the WHO country office in Syria, local NGOs and people with disabilities and their families. Participants strongly recommended building capacity among CBR implementers through similar workshops in the region and establishing an Arab regional network on CBR. As a next step, JICA will explore the possibility of holding a similar workshop in Egypt in 2007 in collaboration with WHO Headquarters and the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean.