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CBM’s West Africa Regional Office through its Country Coordination Office located in Abuja, Nigeria, works with 16 partners to implement 25 programmes aimed at improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the country. These programmes cover a variety of areas, including eye health, orthopaedics, special education, prevention of deafness, community based rehabilitation and mental health.
Nigeria country background
Regrettably, regardless of the high number of people with disabilities in Nigeria, very little support is allocated to the subject; persons with disabilities are often excluded from social, economic and political matters. The common perception of disability intervention is often in terms of charity and welfare. Consequently, this viewpoint is a significant factor that inhibits the social inclusion of people with disabilities in the country.
Country Representative: Sergio Mainetti
CBM has been supporting partners in Nigeria since 1968.
The country coordination office was opened in 1999.
CBM works with 16 partners to implement 25 programmes aimed at improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in Nigeria. These are coordinated by CBM’s West Africa Regional Office, through its Country Coordination Office located in Abuja.
The coordination office has a good relationship with partner organisations, and a reliable administrative infrastructure.
Working alongside other local and international NGOs, government and other stakeholders, in a bid to break the cycle of poverty and disability in Nigeria, CBM works through its local partners to implement the twin-track approach of empowerment and advocating for inclusion.
Current activities of CBM Country Office in Nigeria
- Eye health (surgeries, low vision services, capacity development);
- Physical rehabilitation (Orthopaedic and Obstetric Fistula surgeries, physiotherapy, Prosthetics & Orthotics services);
- Provision of inclusive educational materials/equipment;
- Mental health (as part of CBR, promoting mhGAP with government, Leadership and Advocacy);
- Advocacy for Disability and Inclusive Development (D&ID);
- Community Based Rehabilitation (Health, Education, Livelihood and Empowerment).
All the initiatives listed above are implemented by local partners namely: faith based Organisations, Disabled Peoples Organisation, local government and local NGOs.
- Consolidation and orientation of Eye health towards comprehensive services and better coordination at regional and national level;
- Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) as public health problem in the state of Kano, Jigawa, Yobe States and the Federal Capital Territory;
- Reinforcing CBR guidelines in Nigeria;
- Orienting existing Orthopaedic services towards comprehensive service delivery;
- Expansion of partnerships (Local Governments and their Hospitals) for increased access to Mental Health service in Nigeria;
- Disability mainstreaming through capacity development and new partnerships with organizations for persons with disabilities (DPO);
- Support to partners in monitoring, evaluation and learning.