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Studies have shown that people with cataracts have worse health and vision-related quality of life than controls with normal vision (Hannah Kuper and Sarah Polack, ICEH/LSHTM)
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CBM in numbers

This image shows a young Ugandan boy with bowlegs standing with his elder sister and his nephew, at the entrance of a hospital. They are all wearing colourful African clothes and smiling
Denis (red shirt) with his half-sister Roy and his nephew Fred, on the day of his surgery at the entrance of CoRSU, a CBM partner in Uganda. Denis has been treated successfully for severe bowlegs.

By providing comprehensive aid and support to people with disabilities in the neediest communities of the world to reduce poverty and ensure empowerment and inclusion, CBM with partners reached 38.9 million persons in 2015. They came from all walks of life and from different cultures – CBM offers help irrespective of religion and actively promotes inclusion of women and girls.

A global operation

Together with the support of over 691,600 active supporters/ donors from 11 Member Associations and a programme expenditure of 66.7 Million euros, CBM was able to reach 38.9 million people  in partnership with 418 partner organisations implementing 650 projects in 63 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

38.9 Million persons were helped with medical services (medical eye services, medical services for ear and/or orthopaedic conditions and other medical diseases as well as disabilities), education and rehabilitative support, as well as against river blindness and trachoma.

Additional 49.4 Million persons received medication to combat non-blinding, disabling neglected tropical diseases (lymphatic filariasis, soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis).

A comprehensive approach

People we helped with health, rehabilitation and education services:
  • 37.1 million blind and visually impaired persons
  • 771,611 hearing impaired persons
  • 700,586 persons with a physical disability

People treated for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs):
  • 28.4 million persons affected by blinding onchocerciasis and trachoma
  • 49.4 million persons affected by non-blinding, disabling NTDs (lymphatic filariasis, soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis

Education and rehabilitation projects

927,215 people reached in 2015.
CBM promotes the access of persons with disability to education. It supports the enhancement of schools, professional training for teachers and improvement of learning materials.
An increasing number of people with disabilities are benefiting from education and community-based rehabilitation enabling them to achieve their full potential and broaden their participation in society.

186,265 people received medical training in 2015.
CBM strengthens local and national health capacities by training medical professional to reach even more patients with disability or at risk of being disabled and increase their access to quality services.

Livelihood projects

91,731 people reached in CBM supported specialised projects in 2015.
CBM promotes economic empowerment of people with disabilities via, among other things, skills development and job placements. Instead of increasing the number of CBM supported livelihood projects specialised for people with disabilities, CBM advocates for making general livelihood projects inclusive and enable them to also accept and support people with disabilities.

Empowerment and inclusion

  • 54,587 government representatives and representative of non-governmental and civil society organisations participated in workshop on disability inclusion.
  • 375,614 facilitated peer groups, self-help groups, DPOs and other art and cultural programmes.

CBM raises awareness both at governmental and community level about the rights of persons with disabilities to influence local and national policies and foster inclusion.


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