PLENARY SPEAKER

  • CHRIS UNDERHILL

    Since the 1980’s, community based rehabilitation (CBR) has been adopted by the Government of Zimbabwe as an appropriate approach to addressing the needs of persons with disabilities. Initially, the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with other government departments, NGOs and community based organisations, implemented CBR as a core component of the Primary Health Care programme.

  • BRIGADIER GENERAL (RETIRED) DR. GERALD GWINJI

    Since the 1980’s, community based rehabilitation (CBR) has been adopted by the Government of Zimbabwe as an appropriate approach to addressing the needs of persons with disabilities. Initially, the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with other government departments, NGOs and community based organisations, implemented CBR as a core component of the Primary Health Care programme.

  • SANDRA WILLIS, PH.D.

    The leadership in Dubai has a commitment and a shared vision to ensure that Dubai is transformed into a disability-friendly city by 2020. Specifically, the vision is to make Dubai an inclusive, barrier-free, rights-based society that promotes, protects, and ensures the self-determination of Persons with Disabilities.

  • MR PETER MORRIS GASTEN NGOMWA

    Community –Based Rehabilitation (CBR) was adopted by the Malawi Government in its Development policy of 1987 to 1996 following the proclamation of the UN Decade of Disabled Persons (1983-1992). Malawi, therefore, introduced the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Programme on pilot basis in Blantyre district in 1988 with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Labour Organization (ILO).

  • MS ANDREA C. VOGT

    The Asia Pacific Region is a very diverse Region and many diverse examples of CBR from countries like Maldives and various Pacific Islands who have developed excellent strategies over the last decade to the land locked countries of Central Asia like Tajikistan.

  • MR ALICK NYIRENDA

    The CBR strategy and programmes in Africa have been re-invented several times, building on past international declarations, conventions and African traditions and culturally agreed ways of thinking and doing things.

  • MR DAVID BISMARCK LOPEZ ORDONEZ

    CBR strategy has focused on the rights of Persons with Disabilities. And now the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a valuable opportunity to go to fulfill the commandment "Let no one be left behind".

  • DR ALAA G. SEBEH, MD Ph.D.

    Among the main challenges facing disability in MENA (Middle East & North Africa) stand the following (i) Widespread of prevailing causes of disabilities, (ii) coverage in terms of medical and rehabilitation services, (iii) the enabling environment that permits persons with disabilities a full participation in society, and (iv) the impact of conflicts on disability.

  • MR JOSELITO S. BUENAFLOR

    Loving Presence Foundation Inc., a local non-government organization, initiated the Community Based Rehabilitation approach in the City of Bislig in the late 1990s. The goal was to bring the needed services to the doorsteps of where persons with disabilities live.

  • MR CHAPAL KHASNABIS

    WHO estimates that there are more than 1 billion people who would benefit from one or more assistive products. With populations ageing and the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases rising across the world, this number will rise above 2 billion by 2050, with many older people needing two or more products as they age.

  • MARY WICKENDEN

    In response to the need for a systematic process for evaluating the impact of CBR a team of international disability researchers together with NAD and partners in Uganda and Malawi have developed PIE. This is a structured flexible approach to participatory impact evaluation which can be used in diverse CBR or CBID projects.

  • DR RAJARAM SUBBIAN

    Considering 1% of any given population suffers from psycho-social disability India has a minimum of 12 million with this disability. They are entrapped in myths stigma and ignorance often outcasted along with their families.

  • DR NAIRA AVETISYAN

    This presentation intends to contribute to a better understanding of UNICEF’s efforts to promote and protect the rights of children with disabilities across different sectors, as well as to identify the links to the CBR and discuss further opportunities for its strengthening.