Member Associations

There are currently 10 CBM Member Associations (MAs) providing the vital link between persons with disabilities in the poorest communities, and people that have the interest, capacities and resources to help.

Supporting programmes

CBM Member Associations support programmes and raise funds to build the capacities of our partners in the world's poorest communities. These partner organisations support people with disabilities in all aspects of everyday life and during times of emergency and natural disaster.

Member Associations also work to raise awareness about disability with governments, donor agencies and other NGOs worldwide.
 

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CBM Ireland

CBM Ireland is based in Dublin and was established in 2002. Our work ranges from inclusive eye health through surgical outreach camps, to community based inclusive development in rural areas and disability inclusive disaster response.

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CBM Switzerland

CBM Switzerland is based in Thalwil (Canton of Zurich) and was founded in 1988. Our focus is on advocacy work to fully take into account the rights of persons with disabilities in international cooperation and humanitarian aid.

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CBM Italy

Founded in Milan in 2001, CBM Italy focuses on eliminating avoidable forms of blindness and disability and at promoting accessible healthcare and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the least developed countries.

The work of Member Associations - in more detail

  • Supporting programmes and building capacity
    CBM Member Associations work closely with CBM Regional and Country offices to ensure that programmes have the maximum possible impact for people with disabilities in the world's poorest communities. By supporting a range of projects and building the capacities of our partner organisations, Member Associations seek to provide long term support that achieves lasting change in the lives of people with disabilities.
     
  • Fundraising
    CBM encourages individuals and agencies to share their financial resources, time and competencies so that more and better services can be developed with and including persons with disabilities, enabling them to improve their quality of life. Fundraising is mainly from individual donors, as well as corporations, foundations and governmental agencies.
     
  • Raising awareness
    Member Associations work to raise awareness about disability with governments, donor agencies and other NGOs, advocating that the fight against poverty has to include persons with disabilities.
     
  • Emergencies and disasters
    In almost all emergencies and disasters, persons with disabilities are the most at risk. CBM takes an active role in emergency support, ensuring that Member Associations work with the media and donors to advocate for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in disaster prevention and for adequate support in the midst of disaster relief so that their needs and rights are respected.
     
  • Gifts-in-kind
    Member Associations work closely with the suppliers of pharmaceuticals, health care equipment and other relevant items to secure good quality gifts-in-kind that can benefit low income countries.