Community-Based Rehabilitation

In a global sense, Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is the primary means by which disabled people in most countries of the world have any access to rehabilitation or disability services.

The primary purpose is to ensure people with disabilities realize their rights and responsibilities and have the opportunity of leading lives with dignity.


CBR5The Polio Survivors Rotarian Action Group supports the establishment of Community Based Rehabilitation Centers in conjunction with vocational training as a follow-up to our polio eradication efforts. 

More than a billion people in the world today experience disability. These people generally have poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty. This is largely due to the barriers they face in their everyday lives, rather than their disability. Disability is not only a public health issue, but also a human rights and development issue.

Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) was initiated by the World Health Organization in an effort to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families; meet their basic needs; and ensure their inclusion and participation. While initially a strategy to increase access to rehabilitation services in resource-constrained settings, CBR is now a multisectoral approach working to improve the equalization of opportunities and social inclusion of people with disabilities while combating the perpetual cycle of poverty and disability. CBR is implemented through the combined efforts of people with disabilities, their families and communities, and relevant government and non-government health, education, vocational, social and other services.


A doctor examines a young polio survivor prior to surgery. Surgery will help straighten the leg, and it will then be immobilized in a cast for 6 to 8 weeks afterwards.

A CBR would not only ensure that he will get help to stand, but will make sure he is fitted with braces that are the correct size as he grows.

Another Polio survivor after surgery – although surgery will help him straighten his legs, a CBR would make sure that he receives the care to help him walk.  Without this, he would be depend on just family members to help out.

Samples of what a CBR would look like. It would not only be of use for polio survivors but for all those with disabilities.

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