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Edwin (2 years old) was operated on by a CBM partner eye hospital to remove a cataract in his eye.

CBM in Kenya

CBM commenced operations in Kenya in the early 1970s with deliberate focus on disability and development work. The Kenya Country Office operates under the Regional Office Africa East, which is a legally recognized non-government organization in Kenya and currently registered as an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO).

About Kenya

Kenya is part of East Africa with the Indian Ocean to the south-east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. Kenya has a population of about 44 million and is classified by the World Bank as a Lower Middle-Income country.

According to the UNDP Human Development Report (2015), Kenya is ranked position 145 globally with a human development index of 0.548. The population in multidimensional poverty is also recorded at 48.2%, with 15.7% of this population in severe multidimensional poverty. Additionally, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 2015 Health Status Report, comparing life expectancies from birth across countries, Kenya is ranked 164 with a female life expectancy of 63 years and 60 years for males.

The Kenya National Survey of Persons with Disabilities (2008), indicates that 4.6% of Kenyans experience some form of disability. The challenges that persons with disabilities encounter include: Poor access to health care, quality education, inadequate resource allocation and exclusion as a result of social, physical, communication and none-adaptive services, as well as poverty, unemployment, social stigma.

Where we work

CBM is present in 16 counties in Kenya. These include: Nairobi, Kiambu, Nyeri, Mombasa, Kwale, Bomet, Siaya, Homabay, Kirinyaga, Kisume, West Pokot, Meru, Turkana, Garissa, Vihiga and Kajiado.

Our country priority thematic areas

  1. Comprehensive Eye Health
  2. Orthopedic and Medical Rehabilitation
  3. Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)
  4. Livelihoods
  5. Disability Mainstreaming and Advocacy
  6. Education

Our objectives and result areas in Kenya

  1. Communities at risk of disability in Kenya have improved access to health services to prevent and treat conditions leading to disability.
  2. Persons with disabilities in Kenya have improved access to inclusive healthcare, rehabilitation, education and livelihood services.
  3. Persons with disability in Kenya have a strong voice and participate in the process of their own development and community at large.
  4. Policy and programme commitment to disability in development has improved through networking and alliance building.

Our partnerships

CBM has built a rapport and cultivated technical relationships over its 45 year history in Kenya. CBM is currently running 28 projects in Kenya with the support of implementing partners and strategic engagements with the Government of Kenya through Ministry of Health, as well as the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, and other relevant Alliances and Networks.

Our thematic projects include:
  1. Comprehensive Eye Health – 11 projects
  2. Orthopaedic and Medical Rehabilitation – 4 projects
  3. Community Based Rehabilitation including Livelihoods – 2 projects
  4. Disability Mainstreaming and Advocacy – 4 projects
  5. Education – 7 projects

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