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Queen's University

Community Based Rehabilitation and Economic Development Project in Guatemala (CBRED)

Project Information


Community Based Rehabilitation and Economic Development Project in Guatemala (CBRED)


Canadian International Development Agency


$400,000 CAD


August 1999 - July 2001

Primary Site:



Persons with disabilities (including land mine victims), their families, and communities.


In 1962, with the outbreak of internal armed conflict, Guatemala entered a tragic and devastating stage of its history. It is estimated that over 200,000 people either disappeared or were killed. The exact number of landmine survivors, persons injured during the conflict, and persons with disabilities in Guatemala is not known. The World Health Organization suggests that up to 17% of the population in post-conflict Central America is disabled. The needs of persons with disabilities, coupled with the absence of any kind of rehabilitation services in rural areas, where 65% of the population lives, were compelling reasons to introduce CBR as a viable approach to the delivery of accessible rehabilitation services.

This project was designed to address the rehabilitation needs of landmine survivors, persons disabled by the war, and other persons with disabilities. The most effective strategy was to educate community members and health professionals on how to apply CBR principles and strategies.


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