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Organisations of Persons with Disabilities and Community-based Rehabilitation


Sunil Deepak ,

Scientific Support Department, AIFO, Via Borselli 4-6, 40135 - Bologna, IT
About Sunil

Dr Sunil Deepak heads the medical and scientific support department of AIFO (Amici di Raoul Follereau), an NGO based in Bologna, Italy. He is the national reference person for People’s Health Movement (PHM) in Italy, as well as secretary of Italian Global Health Watch. In addition, Dr. Deepak is a member of the scientific commission for the Italian branch of Doctors for Environment. Dr. Deepak has vast experience in research, training, monitoring and evaluation of programmes dealing with CBR, leprosy and primary health care in different countries in Africa, Asia and South America. He has collaborated with the Disability and Rehabilitation unit of World Health Organisation (WHO/DAR) several times, and is involved in the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC). He has also been President of the International Anti-Leprosy Federation (ILEP).

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Ládia Rufino dos Santos,

ADEFIS, Santarem, BR
About Ládia Rufino

Member of governing body and social worker

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Giampiero Griffo,

Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI), IT
About Giampiero

Member of Executive Board of DPI

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Deolinda Bitencourt de Santana,

Brasil Saúde & Ação (BRASA), Goiania, BR
About Deolinda Bitencourt

Director, BRASA

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Jayanth Kumar,

Amici Trust, Bangalore, IN
About Jayanth

CBR coordinator

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Santosh Bapu

ORBIT, Humnabad, Bidar district, Karnataka, IN
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Over the last few decades, there has been a growth in community-based rehabilitation (CBR) programmes in different parts of the world. These programmes are regarded as one way of strengthening the implementation of the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with disabilities.

CBR programmes and Organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) have developed parallel to one another and are interlinked in different ways. CBR can play a role in the setting up and strengthening of DPOs. On the other hand, DPOs can also initiate and run CBR programmes. Both share similar objectives in terms of respect for human rights of persons with disabilities.

This article looks at the historical evolution of connections between CBR and DPOs, analyses some of the areas where their activities are interlinked, and presents 2 case studies - one from Santarem metropolitan area in Brazil and the other from Bidar district in India - to demonstrate those links.

How to Cite: Deepak, S., dos Santos, L.R., Griffo, G., de Santana, D.B., Kumar, J. and Bapu, S., 2013. Organisations of Persons with Disabilities and Community-based Rehabilitation. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 24(3), pp.5–20. DOI:
Published on 06 Nov 2013.
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