African Rehabilitation Institute (ARI)

Institut africain de réadaptation (IAR)

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1985-01-22 Arusha Tanzania UR


22-24 Jan 1985, Arusha (Tanzania UR), at International Conference, as a project of H-XD3027 - Organization of African Unity (OAU), being developed in cooperation with B-XB2183 - ILO and E-XE4174 - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and deriving from Southern African Regional Rehabilitation Programme. Also known as African Rehabilitation Institute for Disabled Persons. Achieved full legal status, Jul 1986, on signature of an agreement by ministers of Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Gabon, Lesotho, Malawi, Senegal, Uganda and Zimbabwe.


Assist Member States of the Organization of African Unity to: (a) develop a unified approach for promoting the development of prevention and rehabilitation services; (b) create facilities such as income generating programmes to satisfy the needs of handicapped African persons who, because of their disabilities, find it difficult to adapt themselves to the rapidly changing world; (c) promote the development of rehabilitation centres in all OAU Member States in the African continent to assist them to harmonize as much as possible their basic conceptual principles and work out strategies in the field of rehabilitation of the disabled persons within the African region; (d) create favourable conditions for inter-African cooperation and mutual assistance as part of rehabilitation and strengthening the already existing rehabilitation institutions in various parts of Africa; and utilizing them for the training of the manpower required for the development of local rehabilitation activities carried out in Africa; (e) provide an appropriate framework for the establishment and launching of training and research programmes in the field of rehabilitation and other special projects to be carried out at regional level with the priorities and demands of those countries willing to participate in these regional programmes; (f) create a structure which would encourage and facilitate coordinated actions, measures and programmes among the African countries and the various international, governmental and nongovernmental donor organizations in all areas of comprehensive rehabilitation development; (g) promote and ensure the exchange of information and experience among African States and other countries of the world; (h) organize special projects in the field of rehabilitation and disability prevention, with a view to developing local teaching and research facilities and material.


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Governing Board, comprising one representative each from OAU (ex officio Chairman), ILO and ECA, and 2 representatives of each of 5 regions of Africa (2-year terms). Technical Advisory Committee. Activities generated from 3 centres: Harare (Zimbabwe) (the seat of ARI); Brazzaville (Congo Brazzaville) (for Central African nations); Dakar (Senegal) (for West Africa).


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