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Highlights from 2014

17-12-2014
This image shows a young Peruvian boy smiling at the camera
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Thanks to your support, children like Angel Brian (above) in Peru have been restored the gift of sight!

Thanks to all your faith and support, the CBM family worldwide has been able to accomplish a lot this year. This is what we want to talk to you today – successes in 2014 and the difference we’ve made thanks to your belief in our work!

What happened in 2014?

Here are a few examples of CBM events.  

Miracles Day in Tanzania

In late August this year CBM Australia celebrated Miracles Day in Tanzania. Over 600,000 Aus dollars were raised to carry out 18,499 cataract surgeries. This campaign was broadcasted by fourteen Australian radio stations and four of them travelled along with the CBM Australia team to broadcast LIVE from CCBRT in Tanzania. This has been one of our most successful campaigns this year, restoring sight and hope to over 18,000 people!

Ecuador declared free of river blindness

In September 2014 the WHO declared that river blindness, also known as onchocerciasis, has been eradicated from Ecuador. CBM has been active in this country since 1990 and we are so proud to have been part of this wonderful achievement!

Launch of Trachoma Initiatives

In 2014 CBM along with other international partners launched a series of Trachoma Initiatives in Kenya, Malawi and Uganda. These Initiatives aim at eliminating blinding Trachoma from these three African countries by 2019.

Typhoon Haiyan 1 year anniversary

This image shows a mother holding her son in her arms, they are in their house ©CBM/John Javellana
Cheryll and her family were recipients of food and non-food items during the 2013 relief distributions


In November this year CBM observed the one year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan. Since the onset CBM and partners have been working to ensure that persons with disabilities are included at all levels of relief, recovery and rehabilitation.




CBM reports

Have a look at some of the reports we published this year.

Launch of Disability and Malnutrition Report in Kenya

In October 2014 we presented our latest research study which was conducted in the Horn of Africa crisis region. This report, called “Childhood Disability and Malnutrition in Kenya” (PDF, ~ 1.0MB), proves that children with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition and calls for efforts to be made to include children with disabilities in food supplementation programmes.

Economic Costs of Exclusion and Gains of Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

CBM was part of a research report which proves that exclusion of people with disabilities may generate economic costs to individuals, their families and societies at large. Additionally, it also proves that potential economic gains that may be realised through inclusion. We even officially launched this report at the EU Parliament!

CBM GCE Report

We launched the 'CBM and the Global Campaign for Education 2014' Report (PDF, ~ 2.0MB), which lists our activities worldwide during the Global Action Week. Here, all the efforts of CBM offices and partners in support of the Week are described, in countries ranging from Nicaragua to Cambodia.

A big THANK YOU

We would like to thank you for supporting CBM. By working together, we can achieve even greater heights in 2015.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



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