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East Africa

A young girl smiling happily in a classroom in Africa (she is a wheelchair user)
Grace, from Tanzania, has Cerebral Palsy as the result of a fever when she was a baby. With the help of CBM partner Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) she has achieved great independence and has entered mainstream education.

CBM's East Africa Regional Office oversees seven countries in the key mandated areas of comprehensive eye care (including low vision), orthopedics, community based rehabilitation, livelihoods, inclusive education, disability mainstreaming and advocacy.

East Africa Regional Office

Albert Kombo,Regional Hub Director, CBM East Africa ©CBM
Albert Kombo
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Regional Hub Director: Albert Kombo

The East Africa Regional Hub is based in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. This office oversees CBM’s work in the seven East African countries of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Uganda. Country offices are located in Dar es Salaam, Kigali, Addis Ababa and Nairobi, and efforts to establish one in Kampala are at an advanced stage.

The region is under the leadership of a Regional Hub Director, who is supported by a Leadership Team comprising of the Regional Programme Quality Manager, Country Directors, Regional Finance Manager, Regional Human Resources Manager, and Regional Administration Manager.

CBM works with over 100 implementing partners to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities in East Africa in the key mandate areas of inclusive eye health, comprehensive orthopaedics, Community Based Inclusive Development(CBID), inclusive humanitarian work,  disability mainstreaming and advocacy and inclusive education. Disability Inclusive Development (DID) is the overarching principle of our programme work.  CBM in East Africa also collaborates with a diverse range of alliance and networking partners such as the Inter Agency Working Group (IAWG) for East and Central Africa among others. In this group, CBM Chairs the Inclusion Working Group (IWG).

Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and Uganda have signed and ratified the UN Convention for the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Rwanda acceded to the convention in December 2008. The Republic of South Sudan is yet to sign and ratify the convention. Additionally, Uganda and Burundi have signed and ratified the optional protocol. Rwanda acceded to the optional protocol in December 2008.  Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia have neither signed nor ratified the optional protocol. The regional office is supporting countries to expand space for enjoyment of rights by people with disabilities.

Current priorities and guiding principles

Our current priorities are:
  • To maintain service delivery in eye care, orthopedics and community based rehabilitation.
  • To ensure that there is good planning, monitoring and evaluation  in place for new and existing initiatives with partners in the region.
  • To build up a strong Regional Office team that will be actively engaged in the capacity development of partners.
  • To continue the good links with disability stakeholders working in similar mandates.
CBM’s key strategic implementing partners in this region are: Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation of Tanzania (CCBRT), Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services of Uganda (CoRSU) and the Community Based Rehabilitation Network (CBR-N) of Ethiopia.

These partners provide a wide scope and reach of work, with national staff competencies in many elements of the CBR Matrix and are well recognised by their national governments.

The East Africa Regional Office is guided by the following development principles:
  • Consolidation -  rationalisation of CBM’s work in the region in order to improve efficiency.
  • Ownership - encouragement and guidance will be given by working with partners to build a continuing sense of ownership in programme work.
  • Sustainability - Through working with partners, effective strategies will be developed to strengthen partners’ sustainability.
  • Capacity Development - Considering the existing strengths of partners and jointly identifying gaps and possible solutions.
  • Inclusion - In line with CBM’s core value to practice and promote an inclusive society, this will be an integral component of regional development planning.


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