CBM in numbers


In its mission to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the world's poorest communities, CBM, with partners, reached more than 10.5 million people in 2013. They came from all walks of life and from many different cultures - CBM offers help irrespective of religion and actively promotes inclusion of women and girls.

A global operation

Together with the support from over 850,000 active supporters / donors through 11 Member Associations, CBM and its 506 partner organisations supported 672 projects in 68 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East in 2013, with a programme expenditure of EUR 60.5 million, reaching more than 10.5 million people. 
A further 13.8 Million patients were treated for blinding onchocerciasis and trachoma and 6 million treatments for non-blinding, disabling, neglected tropical diseases were provided. 

Quality of work

CBM continued to implement its strategy to focus its work in fewer countries (from 99 in 2009 to 68 in 2013), and with fewer partners  (from 732 in 2009 to 506 in 2013). The reduction in countries and partners is to ensure consistent focus in our core areas of activity and ongoing development of the quality of our work.

Empowerment driving inclusion

Empowerment is a key driver to achieve inclusion of persons with disabilities as equal members of their communities. CBM continued to emphasise and develop work in:
  • Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) projects (197 in 2013) as well as facilitating peer groups for persons with disabilities and their families with 202,505 participants,
  • Education and Rehabilitation projects (386 in 2013) reaching 801,785 persons,
  • Livelihood projects (113 in 2013 from 84 in 2010) reaching 123,742 persons,
  • Advocacy to influence local or national policy on disability (441 projects were involved in advocacy work); and 490 projects were involved at the community level to create awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities.

2013 Key Statistics

· In 2013 a total of 10,573,480 beneficiaries received services from CBM's partners of which:
  • 801,785 clients received education or rehabilitation services
  • 702,885 people received medical services for ear conditions
  • 665,937 people received medical services for orthopaedic conditions
  • 8,402,873 people received medical services for eye conditions 
  • 848,885 operations were performed including 794,061 eye operations, 18,212 ear operations, and 36,441 orthopaedic operations;
  • ·1,003,703 assistive devices were distributed including 795,835 spectacles; 28,918 low vision devices, 21,427 hearing aids, 115,691 orthopaedic appliances and 41,832 other devices;
  • · More than 74,000 professionals were trained in 2013 (in particular 2,097 doctors, 3,804 nurses and 18,306 teachers) to enable our partners and enhance local and national capacity.
  • Mass Drug Administration (MDA)/Neglected Tropical Diseases eye health related:
    Of the 13,803,664 persons receiving treatment in 2013,
    11,991,161 people were treated with mectizan for onchocerciasis (oncho);
    1,812,503 people were treated with azithromycin for trachoma.
  • Comprehensive Mass Drug Administration activities (non-eye):
    Of the 6,384,761 treatments for non-eye related MDA activities,
    5,746,274 treatments were provided for Lymphatic Filariasis (LF)
    629,032 for Soil transmitted helminthes (STH) and
    9,455 for Schistosomiasis (SCH).


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