‘Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is a strategy for rehabilitation, equalisation of opportunities, poverty reduction and social inclusion of people with disabilities. The main goal of CBR is for people with disabilities to live as equal members of the community, to enjoy health and well being, to participate fully in educational, social, cultural, religious, economic and political activities.’ - Joint Position Paper on CBR (2004).
CBR is multi-sector approach that addresses the five areas of health, education, livelihood, social and empowerment. Originally developed in the 1980s to give persons with disabilities access to rehabilitation in their own communities, this strategy uses predominantly local resources.
To visually represent CBR, the World Health Organisation developed a CBR matrix that illustrates the different sectors that comprise a CBR strategy.