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War and other major disaster have a large impact on the mental health and psychosocial well-being. Rates of mental disorder tend to double after emergencies. (WHO)
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Rural Ability Programme (RAP)

The first initiative under the CBM SA banner is the Rural Ability Programme (RAP) which will be piloted in Zithulele, a small rural village in the Eastern Cape which is one of South Africa’s poorest provinces.  Working closely with Jabulani Rural Health Foundation (JRHF) as the local and implementing partner, the RAP will seek to establish a best practice Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) model which can be replicated in other rural communities in South Africa and other African regions.

Through the delivery of the RAP, CBM SA aims to
  • Improve interaction with health and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities in rural communities and increase knowledge of home management and prevention of secondary complications.
  • Increase the capacity of people with disabilities in rural communities to resolve difficulties and interact constructively with service providers and the local community.
  • Increase access to education for children with disabilities in rural communities.
  • Increase livelihood and income generation options for people with disabilities in rural communities.
In line with the CBR concept, the RAP will build on existing resources in the community, including people with disabilities, their families and other community members and will encourage the use of simple methods and techniques that are acceptable, affordable, effective and appropriate to the local setting. 

During the course of the three-year pilot phase, the RAP will build on and improve existing medical and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities in Zithulele and, using this foundation as a base, incorporate other services including improved access to education for children with disabilities, livelihoods training, skills development, life skills and training in disability advocacy.

In this clip the SABC's Fokus team tell the story of the Community Disability Workers of the RAP. The documentary highlights the critical role Community Disability Workers play in the well being and reintegration of people with disabilities into their families and communities in rural areas.

To find out more about our partner, please visit www.jabulanifoundation.org

More reading

"Nothing about us, without us"

Sindele and Lungile are enthusiastic supporters of a project to raise funds for a wheelchair basketball storage facility


Fun in the sun

The basketball court may be rough and rural but it doesn’t stop the Zithulele wheelchair basketball team from enjoying their time in the spotlight


Share your big dreams, what would you change?

A focus group for people with disabilities in rural South Africa


An example of improvisation

Philile is determined to maintain strength in his legs – with or without high-tech equipment



Phumelele isn't put off by hearing that local schools are not accessible



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