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Visual impairment prevalence has been reduced from 314 million people in 2004 to 285.3 million in 2010 - From The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), 2010
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CBM's aim in Asia is to develop with the participation of persons with disabilities high-quality programmes which contribute to the mainstreaming and inclusion of persons with disabilities in society through support to our partners in the region.

CBM in Asia

A girl (who is blind) in a classroom with other students who have no visual impairment. She is using a Braille book. ©CBM
Inclusive education in Vietnam
CBM has had a presence in Asia since 1966, when the first programme in Afghanistan started, followed shortly after by India in 1967.

The region stretches from West Asia and the Middle East in the West to South East Asia and the Pacific Islands in the East, and from Nepal in the North to Indonesia and East Timor in the Southern Hemisphere.

CBM manages Asia operations from three regional offices:
  • South Asia in Bangalore, India
  • Central East Asia in Bangkok, Thailand
  • South East Asia in Manila, Philippines
There are also coordinating offices in China (Kunming), Jakarta, Indonesia, Vietnam (Hanoi), Bangladesh (Dhaka) and Cambodia (Phnom Penh). 

The region is prone to natural disaster such as typhoons and earthquakes, and also contains the CBM programme with the highest yearly number of cataract operations, in Lahan, Nepal.

Other programmes specialise in low vision, mobility, parent mobilisation action groups and community-based rehabilitation.


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