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Physical restraint - the inhuman and degrading treatment of people with chronic mental illness like schizophrenia - continues to be widely practised in the developing world
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Students at primary school for hearing impaired children, the Deaf Unit, Cairo, Egypt

Disability in Egypt

A large part of the country’s (81 million) population is living in poverty. People with disabilities have very limited access to rights and quality services, as service providers and experts are concentrated in the capital of Cairo and other large cities and service standards are often low.

Egypt signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities  in 2007 and ratified it in April 2008. In addition, Egypt has ratified the 'Education for All' Initiative.

CBM has been active in Egypt since 1968.

CBM's strategy in Egypt

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Vocational training at the Deaf Unit in Cairo
CBM's support in Egypt is focussing on promoting comprehensive services to people with disabilities. Our partner organisations are implementing eye health related programmes as well as activities in the field of hearing impairment. We are also advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities in Egypt.
CBM has carried out awareness workshops for local stakeholders working in the field of disability and development. Our new focus in Egypt is on community-based inclusive education.
On a national level, Vision 2020 was promoted and a 'District Model of Vision 2020' is being implemented in El Minia and Beni Suef Governorate in cooperation with CEOSS. The Vision 2020 model could be replicated in other needy communities and districts. It is planned to further develop this medically-focused programme into a comprehensive eye programme, including rehabilitation as well as (special, integrated and inclusive) education.

In 2012 Alnoor Magrabi Foundation and CBM have established the Egypt Institute for Community Ophthalmology (EICO) as the first training institute dedicated to Community Ophthalmology in Egypt and the Middle East. The institute's scope is to increase the number of qualified eye health personnel: ophthalmologists, general practioners, public health staff, and NG0 staff involved in eye care programmes.

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