Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) is a powerful and multi-faceted approach that equips people affected by leprosy and disability to establish sustainable livelihoods and to live confidently in their communities. CBR schemes include:
- Skills training, including various forms of vocational education
- Micro-credit: a leprosy-affected person receives a small loan, either in cash or the form of livestock or a sewing machine or agricultural tools, which can be used to generate an income
- Self-help groups: leprosy and disability affected people form community groups, save money together, and build up mutual confidence and capacity to advocate for themselves
- Low-cost housing: The Leprosy Mission improves the standard of inadequate housing by helping with repairs, or in some cases, by providing a loan for a new home.
- Self-care groups: leprosy-affected people learn together how to prevent the development or worsening of disabilities, for example ulcer prevention and care.
- Integrating leprosy-disabled people into existing disabled people’s organisations.