Disability and rehabilitation

The first steps towards a Regional Strategy on community-based rehabilitation for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region

On 16-18 July the first Intercountry Meeting on Developing a Regional Strategy for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region on Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) was held in Bhurban, Pakistan. The meeting, inaugurated by Mr Muhammad Nasir Khan, Honorable Federal Health Minister of Pakistan, provided an important opportunity to understand the current situation, review existing policies and strategies in the field of disability and rehabilitation and explore ways to use CBR as a tool in implementing the outcome of Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The need for CBR in the region, the importance of developing a regional strategy on CBR and fostering greater partnership between CBR and community-based initiatives was highlighted by the WHO Regional Director.