Community Based Rehabilitation - CBR

  In 1996, AHS was the first organization that introduced and contributed with a number of local and international organizations to implement Community Based Rehabilitation strategies in all regions of Jordan, especially regions with limited resources. CBR is recognised by AHS as an effective strategy for meeting the needs of people with disabilities especially who live in rural areas.

 Concept of CBR

CBR is a strategy within general community development for the rehabilitation, equalization of opportunities and social inclusion of all people with disabilities. CBR is implemented through the combined efforts of people with disabilities themselves, their families, organizations and communities, and the relevant governmental and non-governmental health, education, vocational, social and other services. CBR promotes collaboration among community leaders, people with disabilities, their families, and other concerned citizens to provide equal opportunities for all people with disabilities in the community

The major objectives of CBR are:

1.     To ensure that people with disabilities are able to maximize their physical and mental abilities, to access regular services and opportunities, and to become active contributors to the community and society at large.


2.     To activate communities to promote and protect the human rights of people with disabilities through changes within the community, for example, by removing barriers to participation.

AHS CBR Services:           

§  Advocacy

§  Awareness-raising

§  Empowering parents and caregivers

§  Livelihood Programs

§  Inclusion of disabled people

§  Mainstreaming

§  Provision of mobility aids

§  Volunteer Training

§  Capacity-building ( CBR workers and specialists )

§  Accessibility

Beneficiaries --  key stakeholders:

  •   Communities
  •   Marginalized persons
  •   Volunteer
  •   Primary health workers, school teachers, social workers and other community development
  •   workers
  •   Persons with disabilities ( all types of disabilities) and their family members
  •   Disabled peoples organizations and self-help groups
  •   Government officials involved in disability programmes, especially local government
  •   Personnel and local leaders
  •   Personnel from local organizations

Applied Policies:  

  •        Human rights approach
  •        Community owned and directed
  •        Built on the strengths and resources of the communities
  •        Participation
  •        Accessibility
  •        Gender equality



  •       CBR guidelines- WHO 2010
  •       The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  •        Legislation and local laws


Al Hussein Society applies the concept of CBR in all its programs inside and outside the society

Each year, AHS holds between 3-4 training courses about CBR in all regions of Jordan .The Training focused on defining CBR program- The role of the community towards disability issues/ the role of volunteerism / mechanism of the program application and implementation - CBR strategies – CBR matrix

The aim of AHS application of CBR approach is to:

Persons with Disabilities and their families are empowered and supported within the local community. Also built on the strengths and resources of the communities.

The main activities to reach the main aim: 

       Conduct training and awareness raising on the rights of persons with disabilities  during home visits and workshops

      Conduct trainings to empower and support the formation of self help groups / local community based organizations

      Facilitate the active participation of established self-help groups in health-promoting activities in their communities

      Organize and facilitate regular inclusive events for youths with and without disabilities

AHS has moved over the past years to the concept of and Community Based Inclusive Development. Formerly known as Community Based Rehabilitation, CBID is a person centred and community focused approach

CBID is the goal or end result to be achieved meanwhile CBR is the strategy to reach the goal.  AHS was aware of this and, over the past few years, began to transform its programs and services to implement a CBID approach

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