CBM is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world.
Based on its Christian values and over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause and a consequence of disability, and works in partnership to create an inclusive society for all. CBM’s vision is: “an inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential”.
CBM works with persons with disabilities, their families, local partner organisations, alliance partners including UN agencies, global organisations, and Disabled Persons’ Organisations (DPOs).
CBM has been involved from the outset with "VISION 2020: The Right to Sight", a global initiative with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020, and other global initiatives such as the provision of affordable hearing aids, education for all and community mental health.
In 2008, CBM celebrated 100 years of promoting inclusion and making comprehensive healthcare, education and rehabilitation services available and accessible to an estimated 500 million persons with disabilities in low and middle income countries worldwide.
CBM's 11 Member Associations (MAs) provide a vital link between people with disabilities in the poorest places of the world and those that have the interest, capacity and resources to help. Based in Europe, North America, Australasia and Africa, Member Associations support CBM’s programmes worldwide, mobilise resources from individuals and institutions, and carry out national advocacy and awareness-raising campaigns to ensure that the rights and needs of people with disability in poor communities are not forgotten. Together with its partner organisations, CBM is active in more than 650 projects in 63 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, reaching over 38 million people in 2015.
CBM is also recognised as a collaborating organisation by the World Health Organization (WHO) and has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
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