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East Africa

A young girl smiling happily in a classroom in Africa (she is a wheelchair user)
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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

Kirstin Bostelmann,Regional Director, CBM East Africa Regional Office ©CBM
Kirstin Lee Bostelmann
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Regional Director: Kirstin Lee Bostelmann

The East Africa Regional Office is based in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. This office oversees CBM’s work in the seven East African countries of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda and Uganda. Country Co-ordination Offices are located in Dar es Salaam,Tanzania and in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The region is under the leadership of a Regional Director, who is supported by a Leadership Team comprising of the Regional Programme Manager, Country Representatives, Capacity Development Coordinator, Chief Operations Officer, Human Resource Manager, Administration Manager and a Senior Accountant.

CBM works with over 100 implementing partners in the key mandated areas of eye care (including low vision), comprehensive orthopaedics, Community based Rehabilitation (CBR) and education of the visually impaired, deaf and deaf-blind. CBM in East Africa also collaborates with a diverse range of alliance and networking partners.

Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi and Uganda have signed the UN Convention for the Rights for Persons with Disabilities. Additionally, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan have also signed the optional protocol.

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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