Best practices in the use of communities of practice to strengthen rehabilitation and disability inclusive development practices: the role of multiple stakeholder engagement in sustaining inclusive education; and Community Based Rehabilitation(CBR) as a strategy for advancing inclusive education in resource limited settings have been highlighted in the 2018 Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) conference in Lusaka Zambia .
Presentations on the topics came from the CBC Health Services done by the Socio Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disability (SEEPD) Program Manager Mr Awa Jacques Chirac who was in attendant in the conference with the Empowerment Disability and Inclusive Development Program (EDID) Program Mrs Agho Glory
The conference which brought together over 400 delegates took place from May 11th to 14th 2018 under the theme “CBR for resilience building and sustainable development leave no one behind”
The objective of the conference was to deliberate on the shift from the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) to Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) amongst other things
In their key note address, the representatives from World Health Organization (WHO) Mr…….. and Southern African Federation of Disabled were emphatic on the shift from CBR to CBID during which they made it clear that the major change is in the name not the approaches or strategies The presentation triggered participants to wonder about the rehabilitation component in the CBR. Clarifications to their concerns was that WHO is going to henceforth fully embark on the rehabilitation component in order to close the currently existing gaps
In his opening address, the President of Zambia, HE Edgar Chagwa Lungu , reiterated the commitment of his government in promoting disability inclusive development. His commitment was further supported by the presence of his wife in the plenary sessions of the workshop during which she declared their readiness to move with CBID
The CAN Conference was also characterized by presentations on neglected tropical diseases and CBR; action research; documentation and information sharing; CBR/CBID training and education; livelihood initiatives for resilience building with three presentations from the CBCHS
The conference also provided an opportunity to lay emphasis on the key competencies required by a field CBR worker. Some of the key competencies identified were basic technical skills in disability management, communication and diagnostic skills amongst others
The conference ended with field visits to different locations to enable participants share and learn from the Zambian context.
On the heels of the conference was a LINC Africa network from 12 to 15 May 2018 at Creasta Golf View Hotel in Lusaka Zambia. The conference which was attended by members of the Strategic Partner Organizations (SPO) of Liliana Foundation (LF) of 18 English and French African Countries had as objectives to reflect on the work of LINC Africa since inception in 2017, share and learn from different SPOs’ experiences and develop a regional strategy for the LINC Africa Network
Amongst the things deliberated in the conference was the LINC brand; breaking down barriers research, best practices from different SPOs including the CBCHS, facilitation on the formulation of a regional strategy by some hired consultant ,the presentation of the 2018 to 2020 multi-annual plan , flow model of LF and its implication to SPOs.
The conference was also attended by the chairman of the Advisory council, Jacobus Hubertus Van Ham the LF outgoing Director, Kees van den Broek, who handed over to the incoming Director Steven Berdinis van Berlekom,
The participation of two participants from the CBCHS in both conference is proof of its impact in the area of disability which has earned the organization applauds in several occasions