Inclusive Development and Inclusive Society.


CBR Asia-Pacific Network was established and endorsed by World Health Organization (WHO) to promote Community-based Rehabilitation at the regional level and support the National CBR Network members in 36 countries (as of May 2013).

The aim of the CBR Asia-Pacific Network is to promote and strengthen CBR (Community-based Rehabilitation) across the region and globally; and to mobilize and support resources and information exchange. CBR Asia-Pacific Network promotes disability-inclusive development and works in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD); and the Millennium Development Goals, since CBR promotes poverty relief. The CBR Asia-Pacific Network also works within the framework of Incheon Strategy (2013-2022) of UNESCAP in pursuing the development of sub-regional strategies within the Asia-Pacific region, such as ASEAN, South Asia, Central Asia, the Pacific and Northeast Asia. 
Empowering communities and persons with disabilities are the key process to implement sustainable CBR. The main goal of CBR is “Community for All” with persons with disabilities as contributors and “Agents of Change” in their countries. We promote an inclusive, barrier-free and right-based society for all.


The first Asia-Pacific CBR Congress was held in February 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand. There were 650 participants from 52 countries of the Asia-Pacific region and from other regions. The Congress provided an excellent platform for participants to network and to interact with people with similar interests from across the region, in separate meetings during the 3 days. It was agreed that CBR should continue to be promoted in the region through the formation of a CBR Asia-Pacific Network with Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) as the secretariat. Towards this end, Congress participants from each country met separately and selected a coordinator to represent their country in the CBR Asia-Pacific Network.

Ten months later, the first Regional Council Meeting of CBR Asia-Pacific Network was held in December 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.  The Network members met at APCD in Bangkok to adopt a Constitution and select Executive Committee Members for the CBR Asia-Pacific Network, from among CBR implementers/practitioners, including persons with disabilities, and taking gender equity, organizational and regional diversity into consideration. The Constitution of the CBR Asia-Pacific Network was ratified and an action plan was adopted.


CBR related organizations / Groups in the United Nations member states and areas in the Asia-Pacific region are eligible for the membership of the CBR Asia-Pacific Network.

Regional Council

37 Country and Areas members (as of May 2013)

Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Island, Federated State of Micronesia, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Viet Nam

 Flag 37 Country

Executive Committee
11 members elected by the Regional Council (Effective from November 2011)

Ms. Tulika Das   
CBR India Network
India  Flag India

Vice Chairperson        
Ms. Etsuko Ueno   
JANNET(Japan NGO Network on Disabilities)
Japan  Flag Japan
Secretary General        
Mr. Akiie  Ninomiya   
APCD Foundation
Thailand  Flag Thailand
Mr. Sunarman Sukamto   
Indonesia CBR Alliance
Indonesia  Flag Indonesia  

EC Member- South and South West Asia        
Ms. Farida Yesmin   
CBR Bangladesh Network
Bangladesh  Flag Indonesia

EC Member-East and North East Asia        
Ms. You Hong   
China Disabled Persons' Federation
China Flag China
EC Member-Pacific    
Mr. Rajesh Kumar Nanda   
NOPS, Department of Health
Papua New Guinea   Flag Papua New Guinea  
EC Member- South-East Asia    
Ms. Amable Bolinas   
The Philippines  Flag Philippines

EC Member-Any Country of CBR AP Network        
Ms. Shidhatha Shareef   
Care Society
Maldives  Flag Maldives
EC Member-Co-Opted        
Mr. Mohammad Sadiq Mohibi   
CBR Afghanistan Network
Afghanistan  Flag Afghanistan

Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD)
255 Rajvithi Road, Rajthevi, Bangkok 10400 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 23547505  Fax: +66 (0) 23547507
E-mail: cbrapnetwork@apcdfoundation.org
Website: www.apcdfoundation.org


CBR Guidelines

  • Provide guidance on how to develop and strengthen CBR programmes
  • Promote CBR as a strategy for community-based development involving persons with disabilities
  • Support stakeholders to meet the basic needs and enhance the quality of life of persons with disabilities and their families
  • Encourage the empowerment of persons with disabilities and their families

CBR Guidelines by Component

  • Introductory booklet
  • Health component
  • Education component
  • Livelihood component
  • Social component
  • Empowerment component
  • Supplementary booklet

CBR Matrix
The CBR Matrix gives an overall visual representation of CBR. It consists of five key components, each divided into five key elements. Each of these elements will have a dedicated chapter in the Guidelines.


Source: WHO, arranged by APCD