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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.

In its mission to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the world's poorest communities, CBM, with partners, reached approximately 10.5 million people in 2015. 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 of over 691,600 active supporters / donors from 11 Member Associations and a programme expenditure of EUR 66.7 million, CBM was able to reach more than 10.5 Million people with CBM supported core activities. in partnership with 418 partner organisations implementing 650 projects in 63 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

A further 70.5 Million persons were reached/registered for MDA-community treatments as public health approach, of which
  • 28.3 Million persons (2014: 18.3 Mio) were treated for blinding onchocerciasis and trachoma, and
  • 49.4 Million Persons (2014: 12.9 Mio) were treated for non-blinding, disabling, neglected tropical diseases.
CBM supported 341 Education and Rehabilitation projects (2014: 388) reaching 927,215 persons (2014: 774,320):
  • 744,763 persons with disabilities (2014: 590,110) served by Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) projects and
  • 96,727 persons with disabilities (of which 79,913 were children in 2015 and in 2014: 75,678) by Education projects.

Quality of work

CBM continued to implement its strategy to focus its work in fewer countries (from 99 in 2009 to 63 in 2015), and with fewer partners  (from 732 in 2009 to 418 in 2015). 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

Under this work area various types of peer groups for persons with disabilities and their families were facilitated as well as arts, sports, cultural programmes with 375,614 members/participants.

Also 53% of our projects were involved in advocacy work to influence local or national policy on disability and 58% of the projects were involved at the community level to create awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities.
  • 14,165 government representatives participated in trainings/workshops on disability inclusion, and
  • 40,422 representatives of non-government or civil society organisations, service providers participated in trainings/workshops on disability inclusion
In order to make our programme work safe for children, CBM supported training on child safeguarding (CS):
  • 10,232 staff at partner oranisations participated in CS trainings and
  • 54,902 participants of our projects’ target group were sensitized and trained in special courses on awareness of child's rights and/or CS.
With regard to our emergency work, we have reached 50,892 people, of whom 7,118 (14%) are persons with disabilities. Also 20% of our projects realize activities related to Disabilities Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR) i.e. community mapping, environmental changes/constructions, etc. and 9,776 persons participated in trainings/workshops on DiDRR.

2015 Key Statistics

Core activities
1) In 2015 a total of 10,584,941 beneficiaries (2014: 14.1 Mio) received services from CBM's partners of which: 
  • 8,459,589 (2014: 11.9 Mio) people received medical eye services;
  • 663,507 (2014: 796,874) people received medical services for ear conditions;
  • 448,823 (2014: 673,266) people received medical services for orthopaedic conditions;
  • 85,807 people received other medical services;
  • 927,215 (2014: 774,320) clients received education or rehabilitation services (including CMH clients as in previous years).
  • 722,949 operations (2014: 991,203) were performed including 673,683 (2014: 905,776) eye operations inclusive 460,627 cataract operations (2014: 600,562), 12,563 (2014: 15,531) ear operations, and 36,703 (2014: 69,645) orthopaedic operations.
  • 797,470 assistive devices (2014: 916,899) were distributed including 694,314 spectacles (2014: 705,177); 15,591 low vision devices (2014: 35,144); 9,267 hearing aids and amplification devices (2014: 19,968); 62,165 orthopaedic appliances (2014: 128,539); 6,649 devices repaired and 9,484 other devices (2014: 28,101).
  • 186,265 professionals were trained in the area of Health (2014: 159,980) in particular 4,281 doctors, 7475 nurses/assistants and 4,651 therapists to enable our partners and enhance local and national capacity.
  • 223,443 persons were either referred to the above medical services and/or rehabilitation services or they received personal assistance to be able to access these services.
2) Mass Drug Administration (MDA)
In 2015 70.5 Million Persons were reached for MDA-community treatments.
  • Eye health related Mass Drug Administration (MDA)/Neglected Tropical Diseases: 28,390,390 persons (2014: 18.3 Mio) receiving treatment in 2015 of which 
  1. 27,953,145 people (2014: 16.6 Mio) were treated with Mectizan for onchocerciasis (oncho);
  2. 437,245 people (2014: 1.6 Mio) were treated with Azithromycin for trachoma
3) Non-eye related comprehensive Mass Drug Administration (MDA) activities:
49,432,179 persons were treated (2014: 12.9 Mio treatments) for non-eye related MDA activities, of which
  • 28,511,600 persons treated (2014: 10.1 Mio treatments) were provided for Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) where co-endemic with Onchocerciasis or where Government policies require an integrated approach.
  • 16,098,638 persons treated (2014: 1.4 Mil treatments) for Soil Transmitted Helminthes (STH) and
  • 4,821,941 persons treated (2014: 1.3 Mil treatments) for Schistosomiasis (SCH) where we have an integrated NTD programme or where Government policies require an integrated approach.


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