Organisations with a focus on community based rehabilitation


Action on Disability and Development

Action on Disability and Development (ADD) is a UK based international development agency, which works with disabled people's organisations in twelve of the poorest countries of Africa and Asia . ADD's vision is of a world where disabled people are able to participate as fully as they choose at every level of society.

ADD's aim is to support organisations of disabled people in their campaign for the rightful inclusion of disabled adults and children in society. They work with organisations controlled and run by disabled people themselves, as they strive to help their members, and other disabled people to :

  • take control of their own lives and set up self-help initiatives
  • access basic human needs such as food, health care, education, and livelihoods
  • campaign and advocate for equal opportunities at all levels of society
  • establish sustainable self-help organisations

ADD believes that sustainable social change can be achieved by disabled people's organisations as part of the wider disabled people's movement in developing countries. They are working in India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Sudan.

Contact details:
Vallis House
57 Vallis Road
BA11 3EG, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1373 473064
Fax: +44 (0) 1373 452075
Minicom: +44 (0) 1373 463932

CBR Resources

CBR Resources is a useful website with links to many more resources. It appears to be more of a virtual organisation than a physical one. The website is also available in Espanol.

Centre for International Child Health

The Centre for International Child Health (CICH) works to promote better heath, nutrition and welfare of children and families in less developed countries through excellence in teaching, research, consultancy and advocacy.

Contact details:
Centre for International Child Health
Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust
University College London Medical School
30 Guildford Street

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7242 9789
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7404 2062

Disability Action Group

The Disability Action Group (DAG) started in 1990. Its main objective is to promote community based rehabilitation (CBR) and the inclusion of disabled people in mainstream programmes concerned with sustainable human development.

Handicap International

Handicap International (HI) has three key priorities: reinforcement of local capabilities; support for development and integration initiatives; and prevention of handicap-inflicting conditions.

HI strives to intervene as rapidly as possible in favour of the handicapped and the most vulnerable populations wherever and whenever armed conflict has destroyed existing systems of assistance and solidarity. Similar assistance is also made available in countries where there are severe economic problems, or where the association's expertise in prevention and socio-economic development is requested.

Contact details:
Head Office
14 avenue Berthelot

Tel: +33 (0)4 78 69 79 79
Fax : +33 (0)4 78 69 79 94

Healthlink Worldwide

Healthlink Worldwide works in partnership with organisations in developing countries to improve the health and well being of poor and vulnerable communities by strengthening the provision, use and impact of information.

Contact details:
Healthlink Worldwide
40 Adler Street
E1 1EE, UK

Tel: +44 20 7539 1570
Fax: +44 20 7539 1580

International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation

The International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR) is an organisation committed to advancing the concept and practice of community based rehabilitation in partnership with persons with disabilities and their communities around the world. All of ICACBR's activities are directed towards achieving excellence in education, research and service delivery in community based rehabilitation internationally.

Contact details:
Queen's University
Kingston , Ontario , Canada
K7L 3N6

Tel: (613) 545 6881
Fax: (613) 545 6882

International Disability and Development Consortia

The International Disability and Development Consortia (IDDC) is a self-managing group currently consisting of sixteen international non-government organisations supporting disability and development work in over 100 countries globally. IDDC's aim is to more effectively and efficiently promote the rights of disabled people through collaboration and sharing of information and expertise. To achieve this aim, IDDC believes development policy and practice should be inclusive.

Contact details:
IDDC Administrator:
c/o Handicap International
5 Station Hill

Tel: +44 (0) 1252 821 429
Fax: +44 (0) 1252 821 428

Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (JSRPD) - Disability INFormation Service (DINF)

English site, Japanese site

The aim of DINF is to provide an information resource for supporting the study of health and welfare topics for people with disabilities. The information is collected from many Japanese and international sources. There is a special emphasis on the role technologies can play in improving access to information for disabled persons.

The following resources are available:

  • reports and papers from Japanese administrative authorities, associations of people with disabilities and researchers. (only in Japanese)
  • documents, laws and regulations of the UN and other international organisations and information from international NGO's (Non-Governmental Organisations) such as the WBU (World Blind Union), IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions), the DAISY Consortium (Digital Accessible Information SYstem), W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), and OeB (Open eBook Forum). (in both English and Japanese)
  • information and proceedings from international conferences related to disabilities
  • information on web accessibility for people with disabilities
  • documents and papers about people with disabilities in the Asia-Pacific areas through UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)

Rehabilitation International

Rehabilitation International is a worldwide network of people with disabilities, service providers and government agencies working together to improve the quality of life for disabled people and their families.

Contact details:
Rehabilitation International
25 East 21 Street
New York , NY 10010

Tel: +1 212 420 1500
Fax: +1 212 505 0871

United Nations: Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs' main objective is to promote broad-based and sustainable development through a multidimensional and integrated approach to economic, social, environmental, population and gender related aspects of development. The main objective of the Division for Social Policy and Development is to strengthen international cooperation for social development, with particular attention to the three core issues of poverty eradication, employment generation and social integration, in contributing to the creation of an international community that enables the building of secure, just, free and harmonious societies offering opportunities and higher standards of living for all.

Additional UN websites:

Workgroup for People's Health and Rights

The Workgroup for People's Health and Rights is a non-profit organisation committed to advancing the health, basic rights, social equality, and self-determination of disadvantaged persons and groups.

World Health Organization (WHO) Disability and Rehabilitation

The WHO programme on disability and rehabilitation provides support to member states for policy development with special focus on chronic condition and support for integrating rehabilitation into primary health care through community based rehabilitation (CBR) strategy with special attention to chronic conditions.

Work is underway to produce Guidelines for CBR. Check the CBR section of the WHO website. Meeting reports are also available.

The WHO/ UNESCO/ ILO/ IDDC CBR Guidelines for community based inclusive development will be launched in Africa at the 4th CBR Africa Network Conference 26-29 October 2010.

Contact details:
World Health Organization
20 Avenue Appia
1211 Geneva 27

Tel: +41 (22) 791 2111
Fax: +41 (22) 791 0746