Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) focuses on enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families, meeting basic needs and ensuring inclusion and participation.
CBR was initiated in the mid-1980s but has evolved to become a multi-sectoral strategy that empowers persons with disabilities to access and benefit from education, employment, health and social services.
CBR is implemented through the combined efforts of people with disabilities, their families, organizations and communities, relevant government and non-government health, education, vocational, social and other services.
Community-based rehabilitation in the Philippines
Source: Department of Health, Office of the Secretary, Manila, Republic of the Philippines.
Rehabilitation in the Philippines has in the past been based on the Western model, with an emphasis on hospital departments located in the major cities. This approach is inappropriate for the majority of disabled people in the Republic as 70% of the population live in rural areas.
A community-based programme was devised using local volunteers who had simple training. These volunteers can identify and support disabled people in their own villages, avoiding long journeys and expensive institutional care.
Filipino Therapists as professional provider of rehabilitation services create big impact on giving specialized & advanced treatment to families living in rural areas who can’t afford to seek assistance from private centers.
This very crucial function will be discussed and further strengthen at the 1st Filipino Therapists’ Conference on September 24 & 25, 2011 at Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila.
This event will convene top caliber local & international speakers that will share their knowledge & expertise to our Filipino Physical & Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists & Pediatric Therapists.