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A boy lying on the bed with one eye bandaged after eye surgery
© Becker
Nigerian child with eye traumatisme. He went through surgery at ECWA eye hospital in kano, Nigeria.

CBM in Nigeria

CBM started supporting projects in Nigeria in 1968. These were mainly eye hospitals, special schools and rehabilitation projects. Over the years, the organization has expanded her activities to cover other disabling conditions, such as neglected tropical diseases, obstetric fistula and mental health. In addition, CBM supports community based rehabilitation projects, as well as disability-inclusive development initiatives in the country. CBM country office in Nigeria is registered with the National Planning Commission as a non-governmental organization.

About Nigeria

Nigeria is a country located on the coast of West Africa. The country gained independence from Britain on 1 October 1960, making it a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The capital of Nigeria is Abuja, while Lagos remains the economic centre of the country. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, and the 7th most populated country in the world, with an estimated population of 181.5 million in 2015. It is a country of rich and diverse culture. Nigeria operates a federal system of government, and its legislation is based on the English law.
Nigeria’s 2014 human development index (HDI) is 0.514, and the country ranks 152 out of 188 countries and territories. The gender development index (GDI) for the same reporting period is 0.841, indicating a worse HDI for females than males (0.468 vs. 0.556).
Furthermore, the most recent data from 2013 indicates that 50.9% of the population are multidimensionally poor, while additional 18.4% live near multidimensional poverty. The average deprivation scores experienced by people in multidimensional poverty in Nigeria is 54.8%. The most affected parts of the population are the marginalised groups, including women and men with disabilities. Due to global crash in oil prices, GDP growth in 2015 fell to about 3%, with resultant decline in government expenditures, while the non-oil sector also shrunk due to economic policy uncertainty.
Additionally, there is dearth of reliable data on persons with disabilities in Nigeria. The 2006 population census documented 2.32% of the population lives with disability, which remains controversial in the disability community in Nigeria. This is much lower than the WHO World Report on Disability’s global estimate of 15%, but in consonant with the 2-3% with severe disability documented in the same report. The main types of impairments documented by the 2006 population census are vision, hearing, mobility and speech impairments.
Basic services such as, education, health, livelihood, transport, water and sanitation continue to be inaccessible to persons with disabilities in Nigeria. Although Nigeria signed and ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the country has not domesticated the Convention.

Where we work

CBM supports projects in 22 States across the six geopolitical zones. However, most of the CBM-funded projects are in the northern part of the country, particularly the north-central.

Our country priority thematic areas

  1. Eye health, including child eye health
  2. Community based rehabilitation
  3. Neglected tropical diseases
  4. Mental health
  5. Physical / hearing impairments
  6. Obstetric fistula
  7. Disability-inclusive development
  8. Disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction / emergency relief
  9. Empowerment of organisations of persons with disabilities

Our partnerships

CBM currently supports 24 projects through 16 implementing partners in the following thematic areas:
  1. Eye health - 10 projects
  2. Community Based Rehabilitation - 6 projects
  3. Mental health - 3 projects
  4. Neglected tropical diseases – 2 projects
  5. Corrective surgeries – 1 project
  6. Obstetric fistula – 1 project
  7. Disability-inclusive sexual and reproductive health – 1 project

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