Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) CAN Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:32:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) 32 32 135483216 Zambian government moves 6th CBR Africa Conference to Capital City Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:38:36 +0000
An official from ZAPD (L)explains government CBR programs to CBR practitioners

The 6th CBR Africa conference will now take place in Lusaka, Zambia. The Conference previously scheduled for Livingstone at Avani Victoria Resort will now be hosted at Intercontinental Hotel, Lusaka.

According to Dr. Abdul Busuulwa, the Executive Director CBR Africa Network (CAN), the decision to shift the conference to the capital city comes after a long discussion with the government of the republic of Zambia.

The new development is meant to increase government commitment, especially guaranteeing participation of high level delegates from government and development partners once the conference is held in the Capital city.

The government position was arrived at in a meeting held on November 23, 2017 between the CAN Executive Director and Zambian government officials including the Minister of Community Development and Social services (MCDSS), several Directors, Heads of department and the Zambian Agency for Persons with Disability.


Inclusive Education in Uganda: Best Practices Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:41:25 +0000 There is a lack of research into what works in Inclusive Education (IE) in Uganda, a recent study has found. Yet with children with disabilities (CwDs) constituting only 1.79% of total school enrollment, serious attention is needed to ‘ensure learning opportunities for all’ (SDG4), a study reveals further. Follow the link to download the study.

Nairobi, Technology Conference for Non Profit 2017 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:14:22 +0000 Technology is taking a tall in the way Non-profits are mobilizing and managing resources. To gain insight on how to no-profits are responding to the new trends, here is the opportunity for to learn and unlearn. Register now to attend the Nairobi Technology Conference for Non-profits 2017  clink here for details.

Pan-African Experiences of Autism: Transforming Rights Into Reality: 4 & 5 December 2017 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:40:42 +0000 CAN is pleased to share with you an opportunity to exchange knowledge on Autism in Africa.  There are very few studies on autism in the African context but it is clear that specialist autism support services are limited across the continent – and in some areas are non-existent. To learn more about Autism, an international  conference is due for Dec. 4 &5 2017 in Sierra Leone. Pan-African Experiences of Autism: Transforming Rights Into Reality, practical conference is aimed at developing working partnerships to transform rights into reality. The conference will bring together a selection of best practice and perspectives from African countries, with the aim of providing opportunities for individuals, organisations and others to share experiences, information and to plan genuine strategies for transformation.

The conference will be aimed firmly at action and at developing future collaborative partnerships – international, continental, regional and national – to contribute towards the enhancement of capacity. click here for details
If you are interested in attending the event please outline your interest in a sentence or two and email:
There is NO charge to attend the two-day Conference which is being held at the British Council, Tower Hill, Freetown, Sierra Leone to mark the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The event is a collaboration between Stepping Forward, Disability Africa and The British Council.
Contributing to equitable access to education Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:25:02 +0000 PWDs
Children with visual impairment attend lesson at Ngetta Girls Primary School in Lira-Photo-By Joseph Malinga

 St. Francis Primary School for the Blind, Madera provides basic education for learners with visual impairment from all over Uganda regardless of sex, ethnic grouping and religion. Currently the school has an enrollment of 80 children (43 boys and 37 girls) aged between 4 and 18 years.  90% of these children are orphans as a result of HIV/AIDS, armed conflict and effects of abject poverty.

The school is registered with the Ministry of Education and Sports; Reg. EMIS No. 010711. It was founded in 1955 by the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi (LSOSF) to provide an opportunity for children with visual impairment to access specialized formal primary school education. With the mission to provide basic education to learners with disabilities, Madera envisions providing quality education & sustainable skills for learners with visual impairment. The school also excels in both academics and co-curricular activities such as sports and music for persons with visual impairment.

Whereas in some early African traditions, blind children were looked as ‘pad locks’ whose roles were to keep the homes, today, St. Francis P/S for the Blind with support from well-wishers and Government has worked against this bad practice and educated over 930 children some of who have qualified as Telephone Operators, Teachers, Lawyers, Administrators, Social workers etc.

In Uganda, Children with visual impairment are often denied their rights to access basic needs such as education, food and better living conditions.  Over 75 % of the children admitted in St. Francis Primary School for the Blind are blind, orphaned, neglected or marginalised economically and socially. The majority of these children come from poor families who are not able to afford basic education in terms of tuition, feeding and Braille paper.

The challenge of being blind puts these children at risk of either being denied education and other basic needs or dropping out of school. Once their education is discontinued, they become incapable of providing for themselves in future. Their guarantee for gainful employment and competitiveness in the job market will be undermined.

However, the School is faced with a number of challenges including inability of parents to raise fees, meet feeding costs and other scholastic needs. For this reason, the school has initiated a resource mobilisation drive ─ Children with Visual Impairment Sponsorship Project ─ to ensure that visually impaired children access education thus guaranteeing their future opportunities.

It is hoped that the sponsorship project will ensure that visually impaired children complete primary school education, join secondary and tertiary level so that they are skilled enough to provide for themselves in future in a sustainable manner. Well-wishers, government and development community in and without Uganda are therefore encouraged to support this noble cause. To make your contribution please contact CBR Africa Network through for details.

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Little People need more attention? Mon, 06 Nov 2017 09:34:08 +0000
Sarah Nawaggi, a Little Person, speaks to Kayunga District officials during a recent visit to her office. She is the Headteacher Bwetyaba Roman Catholic Primary School.
Sarah looks through her records

Access to employment opportunities for Persons with disabilities in Ugandan communities can be a real nightmare. However, CBR as a strategy for inclusive development is steadily causing a mind shift in communities. Sarah Nawaggi, A Little Person of Uganda is one of the beneficiaries of this mind shift and she is all smiles, thanks to CBR trainings Kayunga district local government officials received that earned Nawaggi a job as a Headmistress Bwetyaba Roman Catholic Primary School-Kayunga. While Sarah may have been lucky because she has required skills set, there are many people like her who are desperately in need of both skills and employment opportunities. What role are you playing to address this situation?

Conceptualisation of community-based rehabilitation in Southern Africa: A systematic review Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:09:17 +0000 Vyvienne R. P. M’kumbuzi and Hellen Myezwa have indicated that whereas there is available data regarding CBR, there is less literature linking rights of PWDs and social components of the CBR matrix and have thus recommended that future research needs to address the rights of PWDs and the social components of the CBR matrix. Read more

CBR Research as Part of Community Development Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:50:47 +0000 Over the past 25 years, many developing countries have initiated CBR projects.  Articles on CBR have been published in international journals indicating that CBR has become an accepted approach in supporting people with disabilities, in their own community.  Exploration of these articles indicates that the research base for this assumption remains weak, Harry Finkenflügel, Servious Dube, Alister Munthali, Mitchell Loeb, have argued read more