Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) is the main way in which disabled people in most of the world have any chance of accessing rehabilitation services. CBR was first promoted by WHO in the mid-1970s to address the shortage of rehabilitation assistance by providing services in the community with use of local resources. The strategy drew on the principles of primary health care, accepted international rehabilitation practices of the time, and also existing local practices.

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