World map of highlighting countries where CBM is active

Member Associations

There are currently 10 CBM Member Associations 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 persons 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 Australia

    Based in Melbourne, CBM Australia has been an active member of the CBM Federation for over 30 years.

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    CBM Germany

    CBM Germany - like its founder - advocates that persons with disabilities become strong for a self-determined life.

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    CBM Ireland

    Established in 2002, our goal is to be Ireland’s leading disability inclusive development organisation, bringing real change to people with disabilities in the world's poorest countries.

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    CBM Switzerland

    Founded in 1988 and based in Thalwil, 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, we focus on eliminating avoidable forms of blindness, promoting accessible healthcare and the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the least developed countries.

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    CBM Kenya

    CBM has been working in Kenya for over 40 years. Its work as a member association started in 2010.

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    CBM New Zealand

    CBM New Zealand is based in Albany, a suburb on the North Shore of Auckland. As of February 1999, CBM New Zealand became a CBM Member Association.

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    CBM South Africa

    CBM South Africa was established in Cape Town in 2011, with the purpose of improving the quality of life for people with disabilities across South Africa.

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    CBM United States

    CBM US is supported by approximately two thousand individual donors and a few institutional donors. It is focusing its programmatic work on Eye health.

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    CBM United Kingdom

    CBM UK was set up in 1996 to inspire people in the UK to be part of CBM’s global mission. Our main office is in Cambridge with small teams in Edinburgh and Belfast.

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.