Category: Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)

Content for this section addresses CBR programs from a human rights perspective.
  • Afri-Can Publications
    • Publications on community based rehabilitation and community development.
  • An Introduction to Community-Based Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities
    • This is a presentation introducing the basic principles of community-based rehabilitation. It discusses cooperation with different aspects of society necessary for full inclusion of persons with disabilities. Powerpoint format.
  • Backbone Principles of the CBR Guidelines and their Application in the Field of Leprosy
    • This paper summarises three principles of community based rehabilitation: inclusion of persons with disabilities in mainstream society, empowerment of persons with disabilities to fully participate in society and to set their own life goals, and sustainability of CBR programmes so that these can provide basic disability services and work with disabled persons and society to break down barriers. PDF format.
  • CBR as Part of Community Development
    • This book was developed from presentations and discussions that took place in Malawi at a conference "CBR as part of Community Development", in 2004.
  • CBR Guidelines: Suplementary Booklet
    • The Supplementary booklet of CBR Guidelines examines specific issues related to mental health, HIV/AIDS, leprosy and humanitarian crises, which have historically been overlooked by CBR programmes. PDF format.
  • CBR Policy Paper
    • This article explains how a community based rehabilitation (CBR) strategy can expand to include education for all, livelihood, accessibility, disaster management, self-empowerment and inclusion in society.
  • CBR Stories From Africa: What Can They Teach Us?
    • Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is an evolving concept. Its effectiveness depends on continuous reflection, debate and learning. This book aims to facilitate this process through the stories of five CBR programmes in Africa.
  • CBR: A Participatory Strategy In Africa
    • This publication is based on ideas shared at a conference held in Uganda, in September 2001. It aims to reflect the power of participation and provide information on various experiences of a participatory approach, problems encountered and people who have worked with these problems to produce positive outcomes.
  • Community Based Rehabilitation
    • Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is a concept that refers to the provision of support to people with disabilities by the community and within the community. It involves the decentralization of human and financial responsibilities and resources towards organizations that work within local communities.
  • Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Forum
    • This is the web site for the CBR Forum. They play a proactive and promotional role in community-based rehabilitation of people with disabilities in India and in the inclusion of people with disabilities in community development programmes.
  • Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in the Disability Rights Struggle in South Africa
    • This article from Disabled People South Africa emphasises the importance of CBR in the success of promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in South Africa.
  • Community Based Rehabilitation: An Introduction
    • A brief introduction to community based rehabilitation. Much emphasis is put onto the faults of current, foreign-run community based rehabilitation. It also points to the various common challenges communities must overcome to build a successful rehabilitation program. PDF format.
  • Community Participation: Putting the Community into Community Eye Health
    • This article advocates for the inclusion of entire communities in the rehabilitation and treatments of visually impaired and blind people. Advocates should work within the customs of the community and with respected leaders to create an environment of collective rehabilitation for persons with visual disabilities. PDF format.
  • Community Selection of Ivermectin Distributors
    • This article gives guidelines to set up a community network to cure individuals of Onchoceriasis. Setting up a network in communities for the distribution of Ivermectin will help efficiently rehabilitate individuals disabled by the disease. PDF format.
  • Examples of Good Practice in Special Needs Education and Community Based Programs
    • This document is a collection of articles that reflect initiatives of teachers, parents, specialists and community people to make a difference in the educatin of children and young people with special needs. PDF format.
  • Health Promotion and Community Participation in Eye Care Services
    • This ariticle explains five reasons why eye health should be promoted. The author also notes that while community based rehabilitation will not eliminate blindness, it will greatly help reintegrate blind persons into society and should be emphasized as part of treatment in communities.
  • Helping Older People get the Eye Care they Need
    • This article expresses concern about the fact that only about 1 in 3 elderly individuals with visual impairments receive treatment for their condition. It identifies the various different reasons for this lack of treatment and offers solutions communities can use to correct each problem. PDF format.
  • Inclusive Development
    • A list of key points and suggestions central to the inclusion of people with disabilities into communities. It gives an outline of relationships with disabled people's organizations and actions communities should take to create inclusive communities.
  • Is Doing Good "Good": Professional Motives Versus Community Needs,
    • This paper offers a critical discussion of the goodness of fit between professional motives and community needs in the field of community-based rehabilitation. PDF format.
  • Italian Association Amici di Raoul Follereau
    • This is the web site for a group supporting activities in developing countries related to leprosy, community and primary health care, disability and rehabilitation, and vulnerable children. Most publications are in English, some are also available in Portuguese and French.
  • Italian Cooperation Guidelines Concerning the Disabled
    • A set of guidelines for Italian communities to become more inclusive to people with disabilities. It concentrates on issues such as physical and intellectual development of disabled peoples from a young age. PDF format.
  • Light for the World
    • Light for the World is a European confederation of national development NGOs aiming at an inclusive society. We are committed to saving eyesight, improving the quality of life, and advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities in the underprivileged regions of our world.
  • Linking CBR, Disability and Rehabilitation
    • This book is the fourth in a series of conferences organized by the CBR Africa Network (CAN), that focus on issues related to Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in the African context. The contents of this book have been developed from conference presentations and discussions that took place in Abuja, Nigeria, in November 2010.
  • Low Vision and Rehabilitation for Older People: Integrating Services into the Health Care System
    • This article discusses how lack of eye care for the elderly is common among developing nations even though there are solutions for low vision individuals to function with their remaining eyesight. The author gives suggestions on treatment which include low vision devices and strategies of community-based rehabilitation. PDF format.
  • Mental Health Services in the Context of Community-Based Rehabilitation
    • How community-based rehabilitation can be used to promote mental health.
  • Personal Stories from CCBRT's Community Programme
    • This is a collection of success stories of people who have or continue to use the community programme and Community Based Rehabilitation Tanzania (CCBRT).
  • Selected Readings in Community-Based Rehabilitation: CBR in Transition
    • This book is a collection of basic concepts, good practice stories, and research on community-based rehabilitation. It is meant for people working in the field as well as advocates.
  • Selected Readings in Community-Based Rehabilitation: Disability and Rehabilitation Issues in South Asia
    • Multiple articles on community-based rehabilitation specific to South Asia, with focus on public policy, regional issues, and emergencies.
  • The CBR Matrix
    • An overall visual representation of community based rehabilitation (CBR). The matrix illustrates the different sectors which can make up a CBR strategy.
  • The Influence of HIV/AIDS on Community Based Rehabilitation in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    • This paper examines the impact of HIV/AIDS on community-based rehabilitation for women with disabilities in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. PDF format.
  • The Role and Position of Disabled People’s Organisations in Community Based Rehabilitation: Balancing between Dividing Lines
    • This paper deals with the position and role of people with disabilities in community based rehabilitation programmes. It critically looks into the role played by disabled people's organisations in terms of promoting equal access to essential and acceptable quality of rehabilitation programmes for all. PDF format.
  • What is Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)?
    • This paper tells why CBR is needed, and why there are many different views about what CBR is and how it should be done.