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In 2013 CBM continued to emphasise and develop work in advocacy to influence local or national policy on disability. 441 projects were involved in advocacy work and 490 projects were involved at the community level to create awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities.
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Sri Lanka

CBM in Sri Lanka

Projects supported by CBM are spread over the island nation and has been in progress since 1976. Due to the ethnic strife there was limited or no access to some project sites in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of the country. However through the relentless efforts of our project partners we were able to cross all barriers and reach out to a larger population of people with disabilities and children with disabilities.
Currently CBM supports a variety of on-going projects in Sri Lanka ranging from medical services, educational institutes / schools (Deaf & Blind Schools) and Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) projects implemented through 13 locally established project partners. CBM also supports projects on access to education for children with disabilities as well as the  distribution of assistive devices wherever and whenever necessary. We are also engaged  in rehabilitation services for persons with visual, hearing, physical or psychosocial impairments.

Further, CBM  extends support through the National Ministry of Health for the Vision 2020 programme launched in Sri Lanka. We also have project partners who have been involved in livelihood interventions for persons with disabilities. CBM has also extended timely support to partners during emergency situations like the floods in early 2011 and also the tsunami in the year 2004.
It is heartening  that the current socio-political situation in Sri Lanka is favourable and provides  CBM with an opportunity to further strengthen the process through existing partners while work out a country strategy for CBM for the next 3 years. CBM in its process of formulating a country strategy for Sri Lanka  initiated a one day workshop to brainstorm on the different areas of interest and of relevance  for the Sri Lankan partners to initiate. As a result of this process the CBM South Asia Regional Office, South organised a one day workshop on the Sri Lanka country strategy, inviting CBM supported partners, other NGOs, INGOs to deliberate on the areas of interest and the current need in Sri Lanka for people and children with disabilities.

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