Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Made up of the countries of Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, Madagascar, Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa, CBM’s Southern Africa Region is a key region in CBM’s Global Programme Strategy.
147,000,000 million people live in CBM’s Southern Africa Region. By WHO estimates nearly 15,000,000 of these people are living with a serious, life-altering disability.
The poverty, social isolation, lack of rights, and precarious future of these girls and boys, men and women gives them little hope. For people living with a serious disability the reality of poverty, social isolation, discrimination, and even abuse seems never ending.
Our vision for Southern Africa is that health care, education, rehabilitation, and livelihood opportunities become a reality for the millions of persons trapped in poverty by disability throughout the Region. Our mission is to bring development to persons with disabilities within a framework of inclusion.
In the context of the Millennium Development Goals, the Southern Africa Region has focused primarily on the treatment of preventable disabilities. In addition, we have taken “Education for All” seriously, and have placed a strong emphasis on providing education for children with disabilities. Development of specialised human resource capacity has also been a key part of our development activities.
While our programmes continue to expand, we have focused geographically on Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Madagascar, Angola, and South Africa.