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Around 1.4 million children under age 15 are blind. Yet approximately half of all childhood blindness can be avoided by treating diseases early and by correcting abnormalities at birth such as cataract and glaucoma. (WHO)
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Nine people (men and women) with a white eye patch each
A group of people after undergoing cataracts operations to be able to see again

CBM in the country

With full support of the Government on improving the quality of life of people with disabilities through national programs and projects, institutionalization of a Technical Secretary for Disabilities, working together with organizations of persons with disabilities, local and international NGOs, Ecuador has become the leader in Latin America in the field of support and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities.
The first CBM project in Ecuador started in Esmeraldas, a province in the coast, back in 1979. In 1996 the CBM’s Latin America Regional Office opened in Quito, Ecuador. In 2014 there are eight projects implemented focused on Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), prevention of blindness and labor inclusion for persons with disabilities with approximately 300.000 beneficiaries.
Projects with the support of CBM are located in the provinces of Esmeraldas, Guayas, Manabi, Pichincha, Tungurahua, Chimborazo and Loja.


Centro Cristiano de Servicios Médicos

Prevention of Blindness Project in Milagro, Province of Guayas


Clínica de Ojos Esmeraldas

Prevention of Blindness project in Esmeraldas, NW Ecuador, satellite clinic of Fundación Oftalmológica del Valle


Community Based Rehabilitation in the city of Guayaquil

CBR programme in the marginal areas of Guayaquil, the largest city of Ecuador


FACES Community Based Rehabilitation Programme

Community Based Rehabilitation project, focusing on income generating activities and microcredits


Fundación Cristiana para la Salud -FUNCRISA

Prevention of Blindness project in Guayaquil


Fundación Dr Oswaldo Loor Moreira - FOLM

Prevention of Blindness project in Portoviejo


Fundación Oftalmológica del Valle -FOV

Prevention of Blindness project in Yaruqui, outskirts of Quito

A group of people: children and adults receiving a tablet


Onchocerciasis Elimination Programme

Onchocerciasis elimination and control programme in the provinces of Esmeraldas and Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas

Some elderly people covered one eye


Prevention of Blindness programme

Prevention of Blindness programme in the southern province of Loja


Prevention of Blindness project in Cuenca, Province of Azuay

Prevention of Blindness project in Cuenca, Province of Azuay


Proyecto RBC Mushuk Kawsay

Community Based Rehabilitation project in the poor province of Chimborazo

A group of five adults and a baby in front of a humble home


Special education centre Instituto Juan Pablo II

Programme offers education to children with disability and a community based rehabilitation programme in Esmeraldas, Ecuador

Two young smiling in front of them several pairs of shoes recently manufactured


Vocational training and job placement programme

Vocational Training and Employment programme in the province of Tungurahua, Ecuador


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