In a good move India hosted the First Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) World Congress – the first ever global meeting on community-based rehabilitation for differently-abled persons. The three-day event was held at Agra from November 26 and adopted a global strategy on CBR and establish a global CBR network. Around 1,200 delegates from more than 85 countries participated in the Congress.
The theme of the World Congress was “Community Based Rehabilitation: The Key to Realising Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities” and the agenda included Community Based Rehabilitation and Convention on Rights of the People with Disabilities, CBR and Millennium Development Goals, extending the reach of CBR, human rights and development and inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities.
What is CBR
It is promoted by World Health Organization(WHO). Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) focuses on enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities through the combined efforts of people with disabilities, their families, organizations and communities, relevant government and non-government health, education, vocational, social and other services.
In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s and 1990s numerous pilot projects were launched in developing countries in Africa, Asia and to a lesser extent in Latin America under the aegis of CBR. Than it has evolved to become a multi-sectoral strategy that empowers persons with disabilities to access and benefit from education, employment, health and social services.
Definitely such type of global meet helps society to understand the current trends in CBR, share the rich experiences, challenges faced, achievements to influence the future and make new acquaintances for a better world for all, including for persons with disabilities and their families and communities. As in India there are more than two crore differently abled people (NSO data), it become more important for us to understand the new method of their upliftment.