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CBM's East Africa Regional Office oversees seven countries in the key mandated areas of eye care (including low vision), comprehensive orthopaedics and education of the visually impaired, deaf and deafblind.
East Africa Regional Office
This region is under the leadership of a Regional Director, who is supported by a Leadership Team comprising of Country Co-ordinators, Capacity Development Officer, Communications Officer, Chief Operations Officer and a Finance & Administration Manager.
CBM works with over 100 implementing partners in the key mandated areas of eye care (including low vision), comprehensive orthopaedics, Community based Rehabilitation (CBR) and education of the visually impaired, deaf and deaf-blind. CBM in East Africa also collaborates with a diverse range of alliance and networking partners.
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Sudan have signed the UN Convention for the Rights for People with Disabilities. Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan have also signed the optional protocol. Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia have strong disability platforms. Additionally, Millennium Development Goals 1, 2 and 3 regarding eradication of poverty, universal primary education and gender equality and empowerment of woman are moving forward quite well in these countries.
- To maintain service delivery in eye care, orthopaedics and community based rehabilitation.
- To ensure that there is good planning, monitoring and evaluation in place for new and existing initiatives with partners in the region.
- To build up a strong Regional Office team that will be actively engaged in the capacity development of partners.
- To continue the good links with disability stakeholders working in similar mandates.
These partners provide a wide scope and reach of work, with national staff competencies in many elements of the CBR Matrix and are well recognised by their national governments.
The guiding principles will be:
- Consolidation - rationalisation of CBM’s work in the region in order to improve efficiency.
- Ownership - encouragement and guidance will be given by working with partners to build a continuing sense of ownership in progamme work.
- Sustainability - Through working with partners, effective strategies will be developed to strengthen partners’ sustainability.
- Capacity Development - Considering the existing strengths of partners and jointly identifying gaps and possible solutions.
- Inclusion - In line with CBM’s core value to practice and promote an inclusive society, this will be an integral component of regional development planning.