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Development of Community Based Rehabilitation Project in Croatia

    Project Information


    Development of Community Based Rehabilitation Project in Croatia


    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)


    $878,130 CAD


    January 1996 - December 1998

    Primary Site:


    Croatia and surrounding area


    War injured, vulnerable populations (children, severely disabled, elderly), and their families


    The war in Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina created a significant number of casualties. Due to the lack of adequate demographics statistics, the number of people affected by the war is not known exactly. Best estimates put the number of civilians injured by the hostilities at approximately 60,000. The war also produced over 800,000 refugees and internally displaced persons, who are particularly vulnerable to physical and psycho-social trauma. The hostilities left many people with severe injuries, including brain injury, spinal cord lesions, peripheral never damage, and amputations. The nature of these injuries also left many with post-traumatic stress syndrome.

    Prior to the war, there were no national rehabilitation program that focussed on comprehensive rehabilitation services based in the community in Croatia. During the war, the Croatian Ministry of Health (MoH) was introduced to the concept of CBR. In 1995, the MoH identified CBR as a priority and indicated it would establish a demonstration CBR program that would advance the understanding of CBR and develop a model consistent with national health and social priorities.

     Full Project Details - CBR Croatia.pdf

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