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"In Asia Pacific, there are 370 million persons with disabilities, 238 million of them of working age. Their unemployment rate is usually double that of the general population and often as high as 80% or more" - Debra A Perry ‘Disability issues in the employment and social protection, 2002 (sourced in the UN Enable Factsheet on Disability & Employment, 2011)
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Asia South East

A female student with visual impairment reading braille inside the classroom with her classmates
Education of person with visual impairment, Philippines

CBM Asia South East Regional Office supports both non-government and government associations that work in partnership with local government units, associations of persons with disabilities, and other local stakeholders to facilitate delivery of disability services and to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities.

Asia South East Regional Office

Rainer Guetler Regional Director, Asia South East Regional Office ©CBM
Rainer Guetler
Location: Manila, Philippines
Regional Director: Rainer Guetler

Working together to build an inclusive society
Since 1993, CBM Asia South East (ASE) Regional Office has been working in the most disadvantaged societies, irrespective of race, gender or religion to build an inclusive society. 

Through our programmes, our organisation seeks to:

  • Reduce the prevalence of diseases which cause impairments.
  • Minimise the conditions which lead to disability.
  • Promote equal opportunities for economic empowerment, livelihood security, and full inclusion in all aspects of society for persons with disabilities.
  • CBM and its partners promote and advocate for the implementation of the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Sustainable Development Goals.
CBM ASE promotes and develops programmes with our 49 partner organisations in the region. We currently support 26 local partners in the Philippines, 21 in Indonesia, and two in Papua New Guinea. Local staff and international experts provide technical expertise to ensure effective delivery and sustainability of programmes and activities. 

Key programmes

There are several key programmes in the region.

  • Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID)
  • Inclusive Eye Health
  • Ear and Hearing Care
  • Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Inclusive Education
  • Community Mental Health
  • Inclusive Livelihood
  • Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID)
  • Inclusive Eye Health
  • Community Mental Health
Papua New Guinea
  • Inclusive Eye Health
  • Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID) with a focus on Inclusive Education
CBM ASE applies Gender and Safeguarding standards across its programmes.

Priorities and the future

This sub-head is under construction. Please continue visiting this page for further updates.

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