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 31 million people in 2012. 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

CBM and its 624 partner organisations supported 714 projects in 73 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East in 2012, with a programme expenditure of EUR 62.1 million (a €3 million increase from 2011), reaching more than 31 million people (32 million in 2011).

Quality of work

CBM continued to implement its strategy to focus its work in fewer countries (from 99 in 2009 to 73 in 2012), fewer projects (from 883 in 2009 to 714 in 2012) and fewer partners (from 732 in 2009 to 624 in 2012). The reduction in countries, partners and projects is to try and ensure a better quality of 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 (202 in 2012) as well as facilitating peer groups for persons with disabilities and their families (193,040 participants in 2012)
  • Education and Rehabilitation projects (416 in 2012) reaching 688,561 persons
  • Livelihood projects (109 in 2012 from 84 in 2010) reaching 118,010 persons (increase of 42%)
  • Advocacy to influence local or national policy on disability (424 projects were involved in advocacy work); and 469 projects were involved at the community level to create awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities

2012 Key Statistics (figures in brackets are 2011)

In 2012 a total of 31,327,085 (32,407,598) patients and clients received services from CBM's partners
  • 688,561 (551,052) clients received education or rehabilitation services
  • 615,386 (573,947) people received medical services for ear conditions
  • 500,042 (564,085) people received medical services for orthopaedic conditions
  • 29,523,096 (30,718,514) people received medical services for eye conditions [including 15,676,639 (15,159,162) people treated with Mectizan for onchocerciasis and 1,515,034 (2,931,355) people treated with azithromycin for trachoma]
  • A further 10,315,322 (3,731,141) treatments were given to people to prevent or treat lymphatic filariasis and /or schistosomiasis and / or soil transmitted helminths
  • 843,140 operations were performed including 796,729 eye operations, 14,397 ear operations, and 31,628 orthopaedic operations
  • 1,082,196 assistive devices were distributed (similar to 2011) including 855,123 spectacles, 66,559 low vision devices, 15,494 hearing aids, 107,189 orthopaedic appliances and 37,831 other devices
  • More than 100,000 professionals were trained in 2012 (in particular 2,602 doctors, 4,806 nurses and 20,421 teachers) to enable our partners and enhance local and national capacity


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