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CBM in numbers

This image shows a young Ugandan boy with bowlegs standing with his elder sister and his nephew, at the entrance of a hospital. They are all wearing colourful African clothes and smiling
Denis (red shirt) with his half-sister Roy and his nephew Fred, on the day of his surgery at the entrance of CoRSU, a CBM partner in Uganda. Denis has been treated successfully for severe bowlegs.

By providing comprehensive aid and support to people with disabilities in the neediest communities of the world to reduce poverty and ensure empowerment and inclusion, CBM with partners reached millions of persons in 2016. They came from all walks of life and from different cultures – CBM offers help irrespective of religion and actively promotes inclusion of women and girls.

A global operation

Together with the support of over 1,000,272 active supporters/ donors from 11 Member Associations and a programme expenditure of 69.93 Million euros, CBM was able to reach 9.5 million people  in partnership with 373 partner organisations implementing 628 projects in 59 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

9.5 Million persons were helped with medical services (medical eye services, medical services for ear and/or orthopaedic conditions and other medical diseases as well as disabilities), education and rehabilitative support, as well as against river blindness and trachoma.

Additional 68.4 Million persons received medication to combat non-blinding, disabling neglected tropical diseases (lymphatic filariasis, soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis).

A comprehensive approach

Core activities

9,529,501 people could be reached by our partners of which:
  • 7,998,241 people received medical eye services
  • 510,905 people received medical services for ear conditions
  • 285,582 people received medical services for orthopedic conditions
  • 74,048 persons received CMH Services
  • 60,966 people received other medical services
  1. Education - 66,574 persons with disabilities received Education services
  2. CBR - 533,185 persons with disabilities received CBR services
  3. 680,909 operations were performed (interventions being counted, not persons) including 647,324 eye operations (thereof 433,894 cataract operations, 10,625 ear operations. 22,960 orthopaedic operations)
  4. 767,688 assistive devices were distributed
  5. 103,030 professionals were trained in the area of Health to enable our partners and enhance local and national capacity.
  6. 348,099 persons were either referred to the above medical services and/or rehabilitation services or they received personal assistance to be able to access these services

Non-core activities

  1. Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD): Mass Drug Administration (MDA) - In 2016 68,447,540 Million Persons were reached for MDA-community treatments.
  2. Eye health related Mass Drug Administration (MDA)/Neglected Tropical Diseases - 38,331,408 persons receiving treatment
  3. Non-eye related comprehensive Mass Drug Administration (MDA) activities:
  4. 21,682,539 persons treated for Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) where co-endemic with Onchocerciasis or where Government policies require an integrated approach
  5. 5,647,519 persons treated for Soil Transmitted Helminthes (STH)
  6. 2,885,623 persons treated for Schistosomiasis (SCH) where we have an integrated NTD programme or where Government policies require an integrated approach.

Emergency response

In 2016 CBM responded to a number of disasters such as flooding in Bangladesh, conflict in Nigeria and South Sudan, earthquakes in India and Ecuador and the devastation from Hurricane Matthew in Haiti and Cuba. The biggest emergency response project in terms of financial volume was the response to the food crisis in Ethiopia. In the year under review, in collaboration with its local partners CBM provided aid to over 97,000 people.
  • 97,100 people reached, of which 11,530 i.e. 12% were persons with disabilities
  • 15% of pour projects realize activities related to Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR) i.e. community mapping, environmental changes/constructions etc.
  • 9,954 persons participated in trainings/ workshops on DiDRR.

Education and rehabilitation projects

  • 8.9 Million persons were screened / examined / treated in Medical Services
  • 533,185 persons with disabilities were served by Community Based Rehabilitation CBR projects and
  • 62,335 persons reached in Livelihood projects
  • 66,574 persons with disabilities were served by Education projects, 57,989 of which were children.

Empowerment and inclusion

  • 268,292 members/participants in various types of peer groups for persons with disabilities and their families were facilitated as well as arts, sports, cultural programmes
  • 47% of our projects were involved in advocacy work to influence local or national policy on disability
  • 52% of the projects were involved at the community level to create awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities
  • 16,436 government representatives participated in trainings/workshops on disability inclusion
  • In order to make our programme work safe for children, CBM supported training on child safeguarding (CS): 6,833 staff at partner organisations participated in CS trainings
  • 6,405 participants of our projects’ target group were sensitized and trained in special courses on awareness of child's rights and/or CS


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