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100913 CBR Guidelines Introductory booklet UN


100913 CBR Guidelines Introductory booklet UN

WHO, UNESCO, ILO, IDDC

Towards Community-based Inclusive Development

Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) was initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) following the Declaration of Alma-Ata in 1978. It was promoted as a strategy to improve access to rehabilitation services for people with disabilities in low-income and middle-income countries, by making optimum use of local resources.The past five years has seen CBR stakeholders work collaboratively to produce these CBR
guidelines, which build upon key recommendations made in 2003 at the International Consultation to Review Community-based Rehabilitation in Helsinki, and in 2004 in the International Labour Organization (ILO)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)/WHO joint position paper on CBR. The guidelines promote CBR as a strategy which can contribute to implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and of disability inclusive national legislation, and
which can support community-based inclusive development.