Trachoma Prevention Control Programm

CBM in Numbers

Overview of CBM Reach in 2021

The year 2021 was one of careful reflection and strategic planning for what lies ahead as the world slowly learns to live with the Corona pandemic. Despite all this, we reached 5.5 million people in our core activities: medical services, inclusive education, and community based inclusive development (CBID) services. Medical services are inclusive eye health, ear and hearing health, orthopaedic conditions, and community mental health. We also reached 915,565 people through Corona Response services. CBM was active in 46 countries, supporting 492 projects and working with 352 partner organisations.

The Core Focus of CBM Reach in Detail

1. Medical Services

In 2021, 5,165,371 people received medical services, including 4.5 million medical eye health services. 160,778 people were either referred for medical or rehabilitation services or received personal support to access these services.

  • 4,573,478 - people received ophthalmic services
  • 379,397 - people received medical services for ear conditions
  • 129,542 - orthopaedic conditions
  • 44,407 - mental health
  • 38,547 - other medical services
  • 65,788 professionals, including doctors, nurses, and therapists, were trained in the delivery of health services through our core activities.

Esther received bilateral cataract surgery from Acha Eye Hospital, a CBM partner in Douala, Cameroon. She is one of the 4.5 million people who received eye services funded by CBM.


2. Inclusive Education

In 2021, 38,950 persons with disabilities were enrolled or registered in education projects. Of these, 30,003 were children.

CBM promotes access to education for girls, boys, women, and men with disabilities. This includes adapting schools, providing professional training for teachers, and improving learning materials.CBM strengthens local and national education systems by training teachers, enabling students with disabilities to access education services.

12,964 teachers and 3,801 parents and caregivers were trained to provide home-based academic support to persons with disabilities enrolled in integrated or inclusive settings. 71% of persons with disabilities were enrolled in integrated/inclusive institutions.

15-year-old Mutale received a hearing aid through a CBM project in Lusaka Zambia. He can now go to school and play his favourite sports; soccer, basketball and badminton.


3. Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID)

CBID is a way of working that ensures people with disabilities are respected and included in their communities on an equal basis in all areas of life. 279, 488 persons with disabilities participated in our CBID services. As part of CBM's comprehensive programme work, 77,334 people accessed our inclusive livelihood programmes through vocational training, employment, and financial services.

CBM Reach in Other Key Areas

In addition to CBM's core activities, we reach many more people through our work in neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and inclusive humanitarian aid, disability-related development, and empowerment, including safeguarding activities.

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Children in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh play in the Centre for Disability in Development / CBM inclusive child-friendly space in August 2018.

©CBM/ Hayduk


CBM has reached around 47.1 million people in Africa and Asia who have been affected by NTDs and received treatment or eye surgery.

With 1.7 billion people affected, NTDs represent a huge current and future cause of disability. CBM continues to play a role in providing preventive chemotherapy through MDA for the five most common NTDs (see below). CBM also supports the improvement of hygiene and sanitation interventions relevant to all NTDs, but especially trachoma prevention.

More than 40 million people received treatments for blinding onchocerciasis (river blindness) and trachoma. Many of these also received treatment for other NTDs.

More than 41.8 million received treatment for non-blinding disabling NTDs (lymphatic filariasis, soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis).


Although the focus of CBM's humanitarian aid in 2021 was still heavily influenced by the Corona pandemic, other humanitarian crises also played an important role: natural disasters such as the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano in DR Congo or droughts in the Horn of Africa, as well as conflict-related humanitarian crises such as the situation in the Tigray region in Ethiopia triggered humanitarian aid by CBM and our local partners. CBM provided rapid support to the people affected by these crises through the distribution of food, cash assistance and other relief. In total, CBM allocated around €1.98 million for these crises in 2021.

In addition, with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) and the SKala Initiative, CBM was able to continue and expand its work in conflict-laden long-term crises: The focus of these institutional donor-funded projects was on the occupied Palestinian territories, crisis and refugee contexts in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition, CBM secured a €2.8 million grant from GFFO for a consortium project focusing on inclusive preparedness and disaster risk reduction in eight countries around the globe.

In addition to providing concrete support to people affected by humanitarian crises, CBM also continued its advisory and advocacy work to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the broader humanitarian sector.


Empowerment is a critical factor in achieving the inclusion of persons with disabilities as equal members of their communities. Disability Inclusive Development (DID) and empowerment are key features in all core areas of CBM's work.

  • 214,618 peer group members, self-help groups and DPOs were established or supported to strengthen the voice and influence of persons with disabilities.
  • 21,023 government representatives and 18,740 representatives of non-governmental and civil society organisations participated in workshops on disability inclusion in 2021.
  • 19,608persons participated in training or workshops on Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (IDRR).


To ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults in our programme work, CBM supported training on child safeguarding:

  • 6,929 staff from partner organisations participated in safeguarding trainings.
  • 24,592 participants from the target group of our projects were sensitised and trained in special courses on the rights of the child and safeguarding standards.