WHO – Rehabilitation and CBR

Relevant information from the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system.

WHO global disability action plan 2014-2021

The 66th World Health Assembly held in May 2013 adopted a resolution calling for better health care for people with disabilities and requesting the WHO Director-General to prepare a comprehensive WHO action plan based on the recommendations of the World Report on Disability and in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Disabilities and rehabilitation, including: Medical care and rehabilitation and Assistive devices/technologies

Injury-related disability and rehabilitation

Around the world more than a billion people live with disabilities, the vast majority in low-income and middle-income countries. A significant proportion of disabilities are caused by injuries including those which result from war and conflict.

Victim Assistance and Community-Based Rehabilitation Parallel Programme – Victim Assistance, December 2010

From 29-30 November during the Tenth Meeting of the States Parties (10MSP) of the Anti-Personnel Landmines Convention held in Geneva, Switzerland, a parallel programme on victim’s assistance was dedicated to community-based rehabilitation (CBR).  Different sessions over one and a half days helped to familiarize participants with the various components of the Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) guidelines and how they can use them to start or strengthen CBR programmes for victims of landmines.

Documents from the programme

Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) guidelines, WHO CBR Matrix - WHO CBR Guidelines

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.
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