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CBM celebrating December 3rd 2010

A line of people pushing children in wheelchairs on a protest march, Moshi, Tanzania
CBM partner Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) participating in a 'maandamano' (protest) march through Moshi, Tanzania. CCBRT helped organise this parade, which had around 250 participants in total, including 33 children with new supportive seats.

On December 3, 2010, the United Nations and the world celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities. CBM and partners around the world also recognise this day, organising and taking part in various events, meetings, exhibitions and seminars.

Read more below, and check back regularly - this page will be updated as news arrives!


Dec 3rd - Volunteers in Aid Conference

ADDC & CBM will have booths at this Expo, being hosted by the Mandala Foundation.
  • When - 8:45am to 5:00pm
  • Where - William Angliss Institute, Building A, Level 5, 555 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
  • Registration fee - AUD $120 + 10% gst
CBM Australia will be representing the disability components of volunteering in aid. As well as the booth, ADDC has one of its members giving a short presentation on disability in development in the opening addresses and we will screen the video (below) during the conference breaks.  ADDC & CBM information will be featuring but other development agencies with an active interest in disability & development will be represented.

December 3rd - Video launch

CBM Australia are producing a video of CBM staff, volunteers and visitors talking about the issues of inclusive development, and especially around their thoughts of why the MDG’s need to reflect disability better. They distributed copies of the MDG’s and disability in advance so that the staff had the opportunity to ask questions and reflect. The questions were- 'How do you believe the MDG’s are relevant to/impact on people with disabilities?'  and 'How does what you do contribute to making the MDG’s a reality?'

This video will be launched on December 3rd on the Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC) and CBM Australia websites.

CBM Event

ADDC and the Community Education and Inclusive Development teams are hosting a morning tea for all the CBM staff, volunteers and visitors.

Prior to this, they will be involved in an information session on MDG’s and disability which will include a PowerPoint presentation, experiential coactive exercise on inclusion and a presentation from one of CBM’s staff members, Phillip Waters, who has worked with DPO’s in Nepal. Phillip is deaf and will present in sign and will be accompanied by a sign interpreter.

All staff will leave with a package of information on the MDG’s and disability, the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disability (UNCRPD) and the written responses to the question which will be collated from responses of ADDC members.  This information is aimed at demystifying the jargon and the concepts.

For more information on any of these events, contact CBM Australia.

Belgium - European Commission

Programme - Celebrating Inclusive Development ©IDDC
Programme - Celebrating Inclusive Development
European Development Days

The general aim of the European Development Days is to strengthen the effectiveness of the European Union’s development assistance with a view to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and the European Consensus on Development. It aims also to enhance public awareness of development cooperation issues.

CBM EU Liaison Office has helped the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) and PHOS to organise events around this time:

1) Celebrating Inclusive Development
  • When - 3 December 2010; 14:30 - 19:00
  • Where - Flagey building, Foyer 1, Place de St. Croix / Heilig Kruisplein, 1050 Ixelles / Elsene (Brussels)
Programme details
  • 14:30 - Debate: Keeping the promise "Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond"
  • Keynote speakers - Hellen Asamo, Uganda; Jayanth Kumar, India; Huib Cornielje, DCDD; Giampiero Griffo, EDF Board memberModerator - Nadia Hadad, PHOS
  • Co-moderator - Enrico Pupulin, AIFO Board member
  • 18:00 - Shining Sound, dance performance by Saïd Gharbi
"Shining Sound of dance takes us to the world of blindness by exploring our environment through the sounds that surround us. It is an esthetic and sensorial presentation in which eyes make way for ears. Through this poetic preformance punctuated be speech, the presentation continues to question our relation with appearances. In a world where, by force of wanting to shed light on everything, we end up distinguishing anything. Shining Sound of dance blinds us, disorients us, shakes us in our certainties. The loss of our marks makes us perceive reality better. We can see so much when we close our eyes."

2) Stand at the European Development Days Development Village
  • When - 6th & 7th December 2010
  • Where - Square Brussels Meeting Centre, Glass entrance Rue Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels
  • Level -2, Hall 1, Stand 105
When you visit the stand, you can also try your luck at the MDG-themed Development Lottery!

For more information on any of these events, contact CBM EU LO


CBM has been invited to the launch of the celebrations on Tuesday 30th November. The celebrations will last for 3 days from December 1st to 3rd and the chosen theme is:

'Rendre effective l’éducation pour tous - Intégration scolaire des personnes handicapées' (Making education for all effective - School integration of Persons with Disabilities).
  • Some demonstrations are organized in different provinces of the country with the DPOs supported by Handicap International.
  • A demonstration will happen on 3 December in Rutana with the inauguration of houses built for PWDs in the framework of a Handicap Iinternational Belgium programme.

For more information on these events, contact CBM Central Africa.


Various CBM partners in Cambodia will celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Cambodian Development Mission for Disability (CDMD), Veterans International and Jesuit Service Cambodia will have events organised by Ministry of Social Affairs Veterans and Youth. Exhibition of their work will also be displayed.
  • Three short video spots by CDMD will be broadcast in December on television channels to promote awareness on disability and inclusion.
  • CDMD clients and staff will join with Disabled Persons Organisations, Self-help Groups, and Community Development Committee to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in provinces.
  • Jesuit Service Sisophon office will broadcast a radio-talk about disability in cooperation with a private radio station.

For more information on these events, contact CBM Central East Asia


December 3rd - Paralympic Gold Medallist to Inspire Children with All Abilities

Toronto resident Tracey Ferguson, 3-time Paralympic Gold Medallist in Wheelchair Basketball, will be the motivational speaker at a special event honouring three elementary students on 3rd December 2010. 
CBM Canada is hosting the event at a North York public school in celebration of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The purpose of this special event is twofold:
  • To make students and teachers more aware of the challenges children with disabilities (visit CBM Canada's )face in the poorest countries of the world
  • To recognize the outstanding achievements of three junior elementary students who themselves live with special needs
Ms. Ferguson, who has been a member of five Canadian Paralympic teams, will encourage and motivate children with all abilities. Ms. Ferguson will then give Grade 5 students a wheelchair basketball demonstration with the assistance of the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association.

Disability is a global concern. CBM Canada encourages Canadians to sign our petition and write to local MPs to encourage them to mainstream disability in development programs:

For more information, contact Sandy Hazell at CBM Canada.


Luzhou CBR Programme

This CBM partner will recognise December 3rd by working with students and volunteers from a local vocational school for prevention of diseases and disability, advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities and demolishing discrimination.

Yunnan CBR Programme

CBM partner Yunnan CBR Programme plans to organise some people with disabilities who have skills in bicycle/motor cycle mechanism and massage to provide free services in communities, which is to show the capacity of people with disabilities and their contribution to the society.

For more information on these events, contact CBM Central East Asia

DR Congo

   	CBM EU Liaison Office s Lars Bosselman speaking about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the European Parliament, 31st August 2009 ©IDDC
Lars Bosselman speaking about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the European Parliament
Kinshasa - CBM EU Liaison Office's Policy Officer Lars Bosselmann will be reporting from Kinshasa, where he, along with two Members of the European Parliament, will be visiting a CBM partner and reporting on the situation of persons with disabilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
For more information contact CBM EU LO

Goma - CBM is working in close collaboration with partners to support the following activities:
December 3rd will be a ‘Journee Portes Ouvertes’ (Open Day) for Disabled Person's Organisations (DPOs) in the various areas in Goma (around 10 associations) to present their activities to the public and also to organize thematic group discussions/disability with the visitors and also the neighbours.

From these group discussions, some information/recommendations will be written in a document that will be given to the Provincial authorities. Some of the visitors will be local authorities, journalists, NGOs, other local associations, international community representatives.
  • Strong messages and reportages/documentaries will be circulated by the media (press, TV, radio).
  • A demonstration will be organized with the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) that will finish in the stadium for official speeches with guests (authorities, media, NGOs…) and a cocktail to share ‘un petit verre’ together.

Bukavu - The celebrations here will be on 9 December and will focus more on information sharing than real open and public celebration, with the organization of conferences on various thematic topics related to disability (see below). PWDs and other stakeholders (local authorities, civil society…) will be invited and the content of the presentations will be circulated by the media (TV, press, Radio). The day will finish with a cocktail for the people who would have attended the conferences.
  • Quelle politique sanitaire en faveur des PVH (Dr Dieudonné KALUMUNA)
  • L’handicap et la vie professionnelle (Maître MUYANGAYANA)
  • Education des PVH ( Madame NEEMA NAMADABU)
  • Les généralités des instruments juridiques de protection des PVH (Maître FIKIRI)
  • La réinsertion socio-économique (Moron TUBIBU)

For more information on these events, contact CBM Central Africa.


Various CBM partners in India have plans to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Purvanchal Gramin Seva Samiti (PGSS), Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh

PGSS has been working in collaboration with Catholic Diocese of Gorakhpur, St. Joseph’s School – Civil Lines for 25 years to bring children with disabilities into the mainstream through various programs and advocacy efforts.

Gorakhpur and St. Joseph’s Inter College – Khorabar is organizing a special event at the occasion of the World Disabled Day on 4th December 2010 called ‘Udaan – VI’.
  • The aim is to increase the interest level of children with disability in sports which in turn will support them in their overall personality development.
  • The venue will be St. Joseph’s Inter College – Khorabar.
  • The inauguration will be done by the Commissioner of Gorakhpur Commissionaire and will have the presence of Officers of various government departments, media personals and Bishops.
  • Various cultural programs will also be carried out at the occasion by the children with disability.
  • Athletic competitions will be facilitated for 600 children with disability of Gorakhpur and Basti division. Altogether 28 competitions will be facilitated for the children, based on the child’s type of disability, age and gender. In each competition 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded to the winners. The Bishop of Gorakhpur Diocese will be giving special gifts to each of the 600 participants.

Anugrah Intervention Centre, Herbertpur, Dehradun, Uttarakhand (a unit of EHA community health and development programme)

Community Health Global Network Uttarakhand Cluster is a network of 30 community health programmes who work on disability.

It meets twice a year for fellowship and for sharing and learning from each other. This year the network is meeting on 2nd to 4th December and it has produced a DVD on disability which it would like to launch on 3rd December.

Broadwell Christian Hospital, Tezpur, Assam (a unit of EHA community health and development programme).
  • A rally with cycle rickshaws and on foot through Udalguri town to district commissioner’s office. People and children with disabilities, their families, school children, the Blue ribbon clubs from villages and Broadwell Hospital nursing students will participate in the rally.
  • The theme of the rally is "attitudes are the real disability- differently abled NOT disabled".
  • The rally will culminate at the DC court and there will be a program there: Song and dance by the children with disabilities, dance by youth groups.
  • The Honourable minister of PHE Mr Rihon Daimari will be the chief guest and the Deputy commissioner the guest of honour.
  • We hope to distribute aids and appliances that are ready and also the disability certificates which are currently being processed if they are ready on time. The deputy commissioner has been transferred but the new person is also very supportive and wants to help us in every way so that is a real blessing.

For more information on any of these events, contact South Asia (North) Regional Office.


ABÄRA, Ireland’s first ever International Disability Film Festival ©CBM
December 3rd to 5th - ABÄRA Film festival

Ireland’s first International Disability Film Festival, which CBM Ireland helped to organise as part of the Film Festival sub-committee of the Disability &  Development Working Group of Dóchas (the national platform of development NGOs).
  • Invitations are sent to all NGOs and the Irish government
  • A task force is being set up after the film festival to have a consultative process on developing an Irish approach on disability and development

December 3rd - Roundtable discussion on disability and development organised by CBM Ireland

“How can Ireland better promote disability inclusion in its approach to Overseas Development”? - Sharing the Australian experience
  • Keynote address - Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Bruce Davis.
  • Objective - To highlight experiences of disability and development in international development cooperation programmes 
  • Where/when - 10.30am – 1pm, The Oak Room, Mansion House, 2 Dawson St, Dublin 2

December 6th - Disability seminar organised by CBM Ireland

The Key Role of Local Government in Promoting Disability Inclusion - Ireland and the World

A one – day seminar aimed at elected representatives, local authority officials, academics, disability organisations and disability activists [Update, 19 Dec 2010 - Read how this event went]
  • Where - G Hotel, Galway
  • When - Monday 6th December 11.00am - 5.00pm
  • Official Reception - 5.30pm - 7.00pm
  • Fee - €35 registration, free for unwaged and students

For more information on any of these events, contact CBM Ireland.


CBM partner The Leprosy Mission has various plans to mark December 3rd

1) In Yangon, the teams from Yangon areas are organising a day event at Yangon Zoo from with singing, drama, talks, games etc with 250 children with disabilities who are clients to their services. Some famous vocalists in town and writer will joint to share about their thoughts on disability on that day event. There were a couple of essay writing competitions taking place in Yangon in two different township: Dala and Hlaing Thar Yar.

2) A singing contest among churches in Pathein will take place on 3rd December and they are hoping for at least six new songs in the competitions.

3) In Bogale, Ayeyarwaddy Division, the team will take opportunity to open a sub-center in Myinkagone village.

4) Persons with disabilities and their families from CBR communities in Mandalay area will be invited to the Yadanarbon Zoo in Mandalay to share about their family experiences on disability.

5) In Taungoo, Bago Division prize giving ceremony for essay writing competition will take place on 3rd December, together with a special talk on disability.

6) In Pakokku DRC in Magwe Division, an event will take place at the town recreational park with special talks, awareness raising activities on disability issues and sharing of personal feelings of people with disabilities to others with game activities. In Magwe, the capital of the division, winners of the essays competitions will be awarded by the divisional ceremony along with special talks.

7) Thanbyuzayat and Thaton DRCs in Mon State will also observe 3rd December, with some activities including talk about TLM and disability works, history of International Disability Day, awareness on disability issues, children programme and handing out of Christmas gifts to attendees.

8) In Nay Pyi Taw, a central level event will be held on 3rd December and there are over 150 Persons with disabilities as participants expected this year, thanks to competition between Disabled Peoples' Organisations to attend the central event. The event will take place at Myanmar International Convention Center - a newly opened building - and there will be video shows with photo exhibitions and displaying of findings of the National Disability Survey conducted in 2008-2009. Running up to International Disability Day, 32 competitions for children and adults with disability will take place at various special schools and the prizes will be given out at the end of each competition.

For more information on these events, contact CBM Central East Asia


Various CBM partners in Nepal have plans to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Impact Nepal will participate in rally in Kathmandu which will be organized jointly by Government of Nepal, National Federation of Disable Organization of Nepal and DPOs.

KOSHISH will participate in various events coordinated by the National Federation of Disabled-Nepal (NFD-N) on Dec 1st to 3rd. Further KOSHISH is organizing an interaction program on "Mental Health and Development: The need to inclusion in Millennium Development Goal" on 6th of December.

Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA)-NPA is planning to conduct an essay competition between Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) on the topics of  “Role of the Stakeholder and PWDs for End of Violence against Women with Disability” on the occasion of International Disabled Day in 3rd December.

International Nepal Fellowship (INF) will have a variety of activities in Pokhara and other INF centres for International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Generally it will be together with CBR Networks at district level, with rallies, speeches, distribution of devices, press conference and discussion in local FM radio.

For more information on any of these events, contact South Asia (North) Regional Office.

New Zealand

November 30th - CBM Enable 2010

A disability and development conference with guest speakers from Rehabilitation International, ChildFund and special guest Dr Allen Foster, President of CBM International.
  • When - 9:30 am to 4:00pm (refreshments will be served starting at 9:00am)
  • Where - West Plaza Hotel, 110 -116 Wakefield Street, Wellington
  • How much - $75 per person (includes refreshments on arrival, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)
  • Registration - click here

Nov 30th to Dec 10th - Photo exhibition at New Zealand Parliament
  • Hosted by Hon Tariana Turia, NZ’s Minister for  Disability Issues in New Zealand
  • These photographs are on loan from the Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC) for the sole purpose of raising awareness of inclusive development.

December 3rd - Allen Foster keynote speaker at DevNet Conference
  • The largest development conference in New Zealand
Ongoing - While all this is happening, CBM New Zealand will be promoting the day further in various areas
  • Attending open forums led by New Zealand’s Office for Disability Issues to give feedback on New Zealand’s draft State Report on the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disability (UNCRPD)
  • Donor meetings in Auckland (29th November) and Wellington (2nd December)
  • Various meetings - more info to come...

Read more:
...and for any further info, contact CBM New Zealand.


Various CBM partners in the Philippines and the CBM Country Office are planning to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities

  • Audience with President Aquino at the Malacanang
  • Presentation of the sector’s support to the present administration and a pledge for the full and effective participation to achieve the goal of the UNCRPD
  • Celebration at the Sky Dome (SM North) with over 1000 PWDs

CBR Program Rizal Province
  • Beyond Limits: a benefit show featuring PWD talents performing with local artists
  • Proceeds of the show will be used to help TWHI rebuild its facilities that were devastated in the 2009 flood (Typhoon Ondoy)

Resources for the Blind, Inc.
  • Participation at the Kakayahan 2010 Work Skills Demo of PWDs by the NCDA
  • Skills include photography, flower arrangement, cooking, creating webpage, English desktop publication, computer assembly, and autocad architecture
  • Venue for the 4th cluster (Autocad Architecture)

Help Learning Centre Community Based Programme
  • Eye Care Orientation and Screening in Libmanan, Camarines Sur province

Simon of Cyrene
  • Children’s theater arts presentation to showcase the talents of children advocating the rights of children thru theater/performing arts

Yakkum Rehabilitation Center

This CBM partner - which was evacuated in November shortly after the main eruptions of Mt Merapi - Dr. Maria Widagdo (Director) has prepared a number of activities to raise awareness about disability and advocate inclusive education.

CBM Indonesia Country Office

There are some activities planned organised and spearheaded by Ministry of Social Affair as the National Committee. These include an awareness campaign, exhibitions and art performances and a seminar - 'Optimizing the Role of Disabled Persons in National Development'.

For more information on any of these events, contact CBM South East Asia & Pacific


Disability affects all eight of the MDGs, making it an issue central to reduction of poverty.

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Together with partners and with support through CBM, Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) will undertake the following activities around the International Day of Persons with Disabilities:
  • Moshi parade - CCBRT will participate in a 'maandamano' (protest) march through Moshi (see header image).
  • Newspaper supplement - A two-page supplement on disability (40,000 copies) will be printed in major English and Kiswahili newspapers on the 3rd of December.
  • National celebrations - CCBRT will join in the national celebrations that will take place in Dodoma and regional celebrations in Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Kilimanjaro, and has provided material support. The celebrations include gatherings, exhibitions and various other awareness raising activities.
  • HIV/AIDS - During the celebrations in the sites mentioned above, CCBRT will organise free HIV/AIDS voluntary testing and counselling. This service will be accessible to all. Information materials in accessible formats will be distributed and counsellors trained in disability equality and communications (including sign language) will be available as well as peer educators with disabilities.
  • Photo exhibition - In collaboration with the European Union, the Alliance Francaise has organised a photo exhibition at its cultural center in Dar es Salaam. Photographs portraying the activities of CCBRT and other disability organisations that receive support from the European Union will be displayed. The launch of the exhibition will take place on the 2nd of December.


Participants at the UNESCAP celebration of International Day of Persons with a Disability being taught by a person with hearing impairment how to sign 'Make the Right Real'
December 3rd - CBM Central East Asia Regional Office will attend the Asia-Pacific Regional Commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The event will link the global theme for the 2010 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, "Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond", with the regional campaign, “Make the Right Real”, to promote the effective implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and will feature a roundtable discussion on challenges and progress made on national legislation.

December 3rd - Celebration involving CBM partner
  • CBM partner National Office for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities together with Council of Disabled People of Thailand, will celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities with around 2,000 PWDs, family members, care takers, volunteers and from government and NGO officers
  • Where - Muan Thong Thani Challenger Hall, Bangkok
  • The celebration will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva
  • The theme of the celebration is “Fight with a Smile….for equal rights”
  • The event will also celebrate His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 84th Birthday Anniversary on December 5th

For more information on these events, contact CBM Central East Asia


International Day of Persons with Disability in Togo ©CBM & partners
Events for 3rd December 2010 in Togo
International Day of Persons with Disability in Togo

'My Disability is only in the sight of the observer'

CBM and its international and local partners, who share the same objective of fostering the development of persons with disabilities and their inclusion into the society, seized the opportunity of the world disability day to lay emphasis on two things:
  1. Making persons with disabilities visible as members of human diversity and as citizens capable of actively participating in community life.
  2. Making disability stakeholders and their actions visible. This will make them known to institutions and to the general public. 
Within the framework of the World Disability Day, activities are implemented in Togo’s capital city, Lomé over a period of 2 weeks under the topic, “my disability is only in the sight of the observer: two weeks to change your view”.

The activities have been scheduled as follows:

Conference organised by Handicap International

Tuesday 23 November, Thursday 25 November and Monday 29 November 2010 at the French Cultural Center, Handicap International is organizing several conferences to present their projects for persons with disabilities in West Africa.

Conference organised by PITR

Tuesday 30 November, within the framework of an open day, FETAPH and PITR will organize a conference on the topic: amputations and club foot.

Fashion show

This activity is intended to showcase Inclusiveness. Both persons with disabilities and non-disabled persons will participate in the fashion show. Date: 27 November 2010 at EDA OBA hotel, Lomé. 


To make noise around this major event, a caravan of persons with disabilities and non-disabled persons will travel within the city of Lomé on December 1, 2010 over a distance of 80km.

The dance show : musical

Inclusiveness is the order of the day; therefore, a dance show involving people with disabilities and non-disabled persons will be held on December 3, 2010 at Centre Culturel Dényigba at 7:30 PM.

Open days

Open days are organised by disability stakeholders.
  • Open day at CNAO/PITR from 29 November to 3 December 2010
  • Open day at FETAPH on 30 November 2010
  • Open day at ENAM on 03 December 2010

CBM is celebrating the event hand in hand with the following partners:
  • Handicap International
  • FETAPH (Fédération Togolaise des Associations de Personnes Handicapées)
  • CNAO (Centre National de l’Appareillage Orthopédique)
  • PITR (Programme des Incapacités – Traumatismes et Réadaptations)
  • ENAM (Ecole Nationale des Auxiliaires Médicaux)
  • The Togolese Government

For more information on these events, contact CBM West Africa

United Kingdom

An image from the exhibition 'No Peace of Mind – Stories of Displacement in the DRC', showing a pastor praying with women on the vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) ward of a hospital
December 1st-14th - CBM featured in Photography exhibition

'No Peace of Mind – Stories of Displacement in the DRC'

CBM is featured in a photographic exhibition to highlight the effect of the lengthy conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The exhibition has been staged by the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford.
  • Where - University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BJ
  • When - 1st to 14th December 2010 (9am – 5pm)

Dr Bill McAllister, CEO, CBM UK said: “In spite of a very large UN contingent, law and order is extremely difficult to implement given the inter-ethnic confrontations and violence spilling over from neighbouring countries. This has a massive impact on those who are forced to flee especially those who are disabled.”

Cambridge-based photojournalist and artist, Keith McAllister is the man behind the lens responsible for the 10+ images supplied by CBM in the exhibition from the Eastern DRC. The exhibition comprises a selection of images from a number of photographers alongside those by academic researchers and practitioners.

“The issue of sexual violence against women, children, and even men in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is still a major problem,” said Dr McAllister who grew up in DRC. “Rape is regularly used as an instrument of war there, and CBM is in the front line providing surgery.”

CBM, the international disability aid organisation, has continued to work with partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo throughout the last decade and a half of conflict. Widespread violence has left thousands at risk of life-long disability in the DRC.

Professor Chris Lavy, Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Nuffield Hospital, Oxford, who spent 10 years working for CBM, said: “People with disabilities are particularly vulnerable in refugee situations such as the Democratic Republic of Congo.”

Reflecting on his images on show in ‘No Peace of Mind – stories of displacement in the DRC’ (in Oxford), photographer Keith McAllister said: “The hardest challenge was to make something acceptable out of something which was grotesque in reality.”

For more information, contact CBM UK
Press enquiries: Gill Godber Tel: 01223 484700 mobile: 0771 511 3017.

USA - UN Headquarters

Karen Heinicke-Motsch - Coordinator of CBM's Advisory Working Group on CBR and Director of International Programs for CBM USA ©CBM
Karen Heinicke-Motsch
December 3rd - Karen Heinicke-Motsch at the UN Headquarters in New York

Karen - Coordinator of CBM's Advisory Working Group on CBR and Director of International Programs for CBM USA - will be speaking at UN Headquarters in New York. Look out for her reports in our Voices from the field section!

Events in New York will include:
  • Interactive Panel Discussion on Community-based inclusive development: The role of CBR in the realization of the MDGs for persons with disabilities
  • DESA Disability Film Festival
  • Seminar and Workshop on CBR Guidelines
For more details, visit the UN Enable website.


December 3rd - Meeting organised by CBM partner programme 'Hue CBR Project', Thua Thien Hue province

  • 50 persons with disability who have received/haven’t received Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), and their families
  • Project management team
  • CBR field workers and CBR supervisor in Huong Thuy district
  • Management team of Huong Thuy district health centre
  • Representative from HUFO
  • Brief presentation about CBR project funded by CBM in Huong Thuy district in particular and in other 5 districts in general by Peace Village
  • Hearing stories by people who have received CBR (see below)
  • Answers and questions
  1. Mr. Huynh Hien is blind and will talk about his rehabilitation process and effectiveness of loan scheme in project.
  2. Mr. Nguyen Van Dinh is paralysed after an accident and will share his story about rehabilitation process thanks to timely intervention of CBR field worker.
  3. Mr. Le Ngoc Cong has paralysis after cardiovascular accident and will talk about entering the process to the project and recovering.

For more information on this event, contact CBM Central East Asia

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