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  1. CBM AFES Annual Report 2022: CBM Africa East and South Inclusive Development Focus

    In 2022, CBM's Africa East and South Regional Office reached 9 million people through core activities with 98 partners across the region. Through the innovative use of technology from PEEK Vision, important eye care services were delivered in communities with limited resources. In addition, CBM's interventions focused on preventing neglected tropical diseases and empowering persons with disabilities through inclusive development projects that promote community engagement and awareness of their rights.

  2. Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: The Place of Indigenous Knowledge in Disaster Preparedness.

    When disaster looms, nature often gives us clues through the wind, the rain and even the singing of birds. Dr Nyunyutai Mudzingwa, a disability rights activist and member of the Zimbabwe Association of the Visually Handicapped (ZAVH), believes that everyone, including persons with disabilities, should be able to understand these signs. Below, Dr Mudzingwa talks about indigenous early warning systems in Zimbabwe and how they can be harnessed for disaster risk reduction.

  3. We are Behind in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. What’s Next?

    In our latest blog, Michael Herbst, Head of Advocacy at CBM, discusses the current progress of UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite high ambitions, we are not able to achieve these global goals, especially in the wake of challenges such as COVID -19. The post also highlights how the principle of 'Leave No One Behind' is finding its way into important international dialogues.

  4. Inside Our Work - CBM Staff Report from Around the World The Last Mile - by Girija Sankar, Head of NTDs at CBM

    Where is the last mile? Is it where concrete ends, and dirt begins? Where the buses stop and motos go? Where women walk miles with babes in arms tucked into multi coloured wax cloths? I had the opportunity to reflect on this term that we bandy about in our work in NTD prevention as my colleagues and I bounced through miles of rainwater inundated mud roads in Northern Democratic Republic of Congo.

  5. CBM Africa East and South Annual Report 2021 Advancing Healthcare Through Health Systems Strengthening

    CBM operations in Africa East and South region is based in 9 countries supporting over 150 projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In 2021 we are proud of the impact we have made together with our partners in the lives of over 1 Million persons with disabilities reached through Inclusive Eye Health and Community Based Inclusive Development Initiatives.

  6. Fostering Ingenuity and Collaboration Through the Innovation Fund

    The ‘Community Based Inclusive Development’ (CBID) Initiative at CBM launched an Innovation Fund in 2021. With this Fund, we want to celebrate and encourage the ingenuity of people we work with and the power of community. This fund provides a space for creative thinking about social innovation with practical impact on the lives of persons with disabilities in their communities.

  7. Empowering Persons with Disabilities: CBM Asia and the Americas Annual Report 2022

    Dive into CBM's Annual Report 2022, where we celebrate our tireless commitment to persons with disabilities. Discover our successes in promoting health, education and livelihoods. Discover how we work with communities, governments and organisations to create an inclusive society. Help us empower persons with disabilities and build a barrier-free future.

  8. CBM publishes its first Inclusive Eye Health Report

    CBM’s work in eye health started in 1908, and 112 years on, it has expanded to 106 partners across 35 countries implementing 124 projects in eye care and neglected tropical diseases. Along with numbers, there has been an immense progress in the way work is delivered, how surgery, planning and partnerships have improved.

  9. The Good Practice Documentation from Rohingya Response in Bangladesh

    Since August 2017, extreme violence in Myanmar has driven almost 860,000 Rohingya refugees across the border into Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. In partnership with the Centre for Disability in Development (CDD), CBM has been providing health and rehabilitation services in the Rohingya camps and host community for four years. Now we are excited to share our documentation on the CBM/CDD model of health and rehabilitation service provision.

  10. Looking Back at the Year: Despite the Challenges, We Reached More Persons with Disabilities in 2022

    When CBM's founder, Pastor Ernst J. Christoffel, opened the first home for persons with disabilities in 1908, war, disease and uncertainty were eminent - causing untold suffering, disabling many people, and leaving children orphaned. 114 years later, the script reads the same: war, disease, uncertainty, and crises caused by climate change have descended on the world in 2022.

  11. The image features five people standing in front of a backdrop with the Zero Project logo. From left to right, there is a man in a light grey suit standing next to a man in a dark suit. Next to them, a woman in a green dress and black cardigan holds a framed certificate titled "Innovative Solution 2024." She is flanked by two men, one in a blue suit and the other in a black suit, both wearing event badges. They all wear smiles and event badges.

    CBM Celebrates Triple Win at the Zero Project Conference at the United Nations Office at Vienna

    The Zero Project Award is given to projects that address the needs and rights of persons with disabilities. It aims to contribute to global efforts to create a more just, equitable, and inclusive society – a world without barriers.

  12. A Lifelong Advocate for Inclusion

    For 20 years, Katharina Pförtner (recently retired CBM Global and Regional Advisor for Latin America) campaigned for inclusion in Latin America on behalf of CBM. She has seen and experienced a lot in the past 20 years – some sad experiences as well as hopeful ones. She is now freshly retired - but boredom is a long way off.

  13. The image features five people standing in front of a backdrop with the Zero Project logo. From left to right, there is a man in a light grey suit standing next to a man in a dark suit. Next to them, a woman in a green dress and black cardigan holds a framed certificate titled "Innovative Solution 2024." She is flanked by two men, one in a blue suit and the other in a black suit, both wearing event badges. They all wear smiles and event badges.

    CBM Celebrates Triple Win at the Zero Project Conference at the United Nations Office at Vienna

    The Zero Project Award is given to projects that address the needs and rights of persons with disabilities. It aims to contribute to global efforts to create a more just, equitable, and inclusive society – a world without barriers.

  14. Providing a Voice for the Voiceless

    This is a personal account by Paew Rattanamongkol who lives in Thailand. Thanks to CBM partner Daughters of Charity, Paew was part of a project to strengthen the rights of persons with disabilities and is now a community leader assisting people with disabilities and improving their social participation at local community levels.

  15. International Day for Persons with Disabilities 2021

    The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), also known as World Disability Day is observed on 3 December each year. This day aims to promote awareness of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

  16. CBM’s Participation in the NNN Conference in Tanzania: Taking Up The Baton on NTDs

    The 14th Annual Neglected Tropical Disease NGO Network (NNN) Conference is taking place this year on the 19th- 21st September in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The NNN is a forum for non-governmental organisations working in neglected tropical diseases. The theme of the conference is “Reaching new frontiers- powering a new generation of leadership and cross-sectoral collaborations to end NTDs.”

  17. Fostering Ingenuity and Collaboration Through the Innovation Fund

    The ‘Community Based Inclusive Development’ (CBID) Initiative at CBM launched an Innovation Fund in 2021. With this Fund, we want to celebrate and encourage the ingenuity of people we work with and the power of community. This fund provides a space for creative thinking about social innovation with practical impact on the lives of persons with disabilities in their communities.

  18. Two students of EECMY School for the Deaf chat in sign language in Ethiopia. 2018 ©CBM

    This World Hearing Day, Turn Down the Volume!

    By 2050, nearly 2.5 billion people will be living with some degree of hearing loss, at least 700 million of whom will require rehabilitation services. This World Hearing Day – observed every year on March 3rd – CBM is encouraging everyone to check their own ears and take care of their hearing health long term. Diego Santana-Hernández, Senior Ear and Hearing Care Advisor at CBM explains why.

  19. Global Disability Summit Making the Invisible Count

    This February governments, businesses, development professionals, and Organisations of People with Disabilities come together at the Global Disability Summit to commit to change and do more to include over one billion people with disabilities, many of whom live in some of the world’s poorest countries.

  20. CBM-funded Interventions Contributed to the Decline: Trachoma Risk Drops Globally

    The WHO reports a remarkable decline in global Trachoma risk to 115.7 million, with CBM interventions contributing significantly to this decline. By 2022, 17 countries such as Vanuatu in Oceania and Malawi in Africa have eradicated trachoma as a public health problem, while 5 others are close to certification.

  21. This World Sight Day: Every Sight Screening Counts 

    Together with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, CBM calls on the public to take time to care for their eyes. CBM asks governments and institutions to take action to ensure that eye care is accessible, inclusive and affordable to everyone everywhere.

  22. Inclusive Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Action

    CBM alongside other international organisations is part of a project that puts persons with disabilities at the centre of humanitarian preparedness and response. With this project we hope to build and strengthen capacity in inclusive humanitarian action and inclusive disaster preparedness through the active inclusion of persons with disabilities.

  23. Advocacy Action in South Sudan A Report by CBM's Head of NTDs

    "Advocacy, in general, is important but it is crucial that it reaches where the results of advocacy are needed most - the community members, their sultans and their elected representatives," Girija Sankar, Head of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) at CBM.

  24. CBM's CBID Report 2023: Building Inclusive Communities from the Ground Up

    Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) is a way of working that ensures persons with disabilities are respected and included in their communities on an equal basis, in all aspects of life. CBM's CBID work focuses specifically on disaster risk reduction for persons with disabilities, inclusive health, inclusive education and livelihoods. Our global CBID portfolio currently includes 166 projects implemented with 135 partners in 30 countries.

  25. A Conversation with Michiel Steenbeek: Affordable Clubfoot Treatment in Africa

    Michiel Steenbeek has lived and worked for CBM in almost every country in East Africa. For over 30 years, the 63-year-old Dutch physiotherapist has been helping children with disabilities in Africa on behalf of CBM. In this interview, he talks about the current need and an invention he developed - the Steenbeek splint - which provides affordable treatment for clubfoot.

  26. This photo shows an older Bangladeshi woman with many younger children in a small room, which serves as a CFS. They are playing some games together.

    Inclusion in Humanitarian Aid

    Our project "Phase 2 - Leave no one behind!" promotes the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian aid. Using the global Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidance on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, we are working to help humanitarian actors better understand the human rights-based approach to disability in their work.

  27. A man squatting down is talking to a boy with a disability and his mother

    CBID Report 2022: A Year of CBID Achievements

    In these challenging times of pandemics, natural disasters and conflict, inclusive development for persons with disabilities is more important than ever. Learn more about how CBM has shaped the Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) approach in our CBID Report 2022.

  28. The Inclusive Education Training Guide

    We are launching an Inclusive Education Training Guide for CBM partners and other relevant stakeholders, designed to give participants the tools they need to train others. It has been prepared with country and regional governmental departments, NGOs and teacher training institutions in mind, but will have value for others working in project or programme management in the context of inclusive education.

  29. This image shows Assan sitting just a few inches away from the bloackboard in his classroom. He is sitting on a kitchen stool and copying the notes from the board.

    International Albinism Awareness Day 2020

    On 13 June 2020, CBM celebrates International Albinism Awareness Day. Our projects worldwide focus not just on medical assistance, but also on broad education and awareness-raising. Many people affected by albinism are more concerned about the exclusion they experience than the physical ailments. CBM advocates for their inclusion and active participation in all projects, so that they have the same opportunities as everyone else.

  30. A Lifelong Advocate for Inclusion

    For 20 years, Katharina Pförtner (recently retired CBM Global and Regional Advisor for Latin America) campaigned for inclusion in Latin America on behalf of CBM. She has seen and experienced a lot in the past 20 years – some sad experiences as well as hopeful ones. She is now freshly retired - but boredom is a long way off.

  31. Global Disability Summit Turning Commitments into Action

    The second Global Disability Summit was a pivotal event that called on governments, businesses, development professionals, and Organisations of People with Disabilities (OPDs) to make binding commitments to change and do more to include over one billion people with disabilities, many of whom live in some of the world’s poorest countries. All regions of the world were represented, and 44 countries made approximately 1,300 commitments by representatives from all stakeholder groups. The summit’s success will be measured by the actions that follow. Three members of the CBM team explain why the summit was so important and the next steps.