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Disability rehab Congress to begin in Agra

Posted on Nov 24, 03:13PM | IBNS

A global convention on community based rehabilitation, an initiative by the World Health Organisation (WHO), that aims to realise the rights of persons with disabilities, is set to begin in Agra on Monday.

Around 1,200 participants from around 85 countries and members from 3 CBR networks (Africa; America and Caribbean; and Asia Pacific) are expected to participate in the Congress along with many organisations from India.

The three-day congregation would followed and preceded by Congress workshops covering a wide range of topics.

The World Congress is to promote CBR (community based rehabilitation) as an effective strategy to reduce poverty and enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities and their families, and to ensure that the benefits of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities reach to the majority of the world's people with disabilities.

The Congress will facilitate to develop and strengthen CBR as a key for realising UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for ensuring the protection of their rights and their inclusion in mainstream society.

It would be a platform to promote Community Based Inclusive Development and will help strengthen national and international networks to ensure people with disabilities and their family members are able to access the benefits of the health, education, livelihood and social justice, the organisers said.

It would bring key stakeholders together to promote inter-sectoral liaison and collaboration and continue to build and develop the network of CBR professionals, promote and disseminate the new CBR Guidelines will be part of the Congress, they added.

The Nov 26-28 Congress aims to reach a common understanding of CBR and its future direction; document of CBR good practices in respect of mainstreaming disability in development and realizing CRPD.

It also aims to spur an increase in multi-cross sectoral involvement in CBR, adopt a global strategy on CBR and establish and global network for CBR.