Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is “a strategy within general community development for the rehabilitation, equalization of opportunities, and social inclusion of all people with disabilities” (WHO, ILO & UNESCO, 2004). CBR focuses on the full participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities within every domain of their community. It empowers the persons with disabilities and supports them to overcome physical and sociological barriers. CBR is implemented through the combined efforts of persons with disabilities, their families and communities, and relevant government and non-government health, education, vocational, social and other services.
CBR addresses five key components: health, education, livelihood, socials and empowerment. However, upon implementing CBR not all components need to be included. It can be dependent on the situation and its specific needs. The components are not sequential, but can rather be used as a sort of pick and mix.
CBR is a strategy for disability-inclusive development. By linking relevant resources and services in the community and facilities and services offered by the government, the rehabilitation needs and needs related to exclusion of persons affected by NTDs can be addressed.