Trachoma Prevention Control Programm

CBM in Numbers

Overview of our global reach in 2018

CBM helped millions of persons with disabilities and at-risk of disabilities improve their lives and end the vicious cycle of poverty and disability.

In 2018, CBM was active in 55 countries, supported 525 projects, worked with 371 partner organisations and reached 11.95 million people through core activities. We reached another 48.64 million people through our neglected tropical disease programmes, and 132,652 persons through our inclusive humanitarian action activities.

We improved the lives of millions living with disabilities in poor communities with the generous support of nearly one million active donors and a total programme expenditure of around 77 million euro.

The core focus of our reach in more detail

In 2018, a total of 11,954,473 persons benefitted from at least one of our core activities through a CBM partner. Our core activities include:

  1. medical services,
  2. access to inclusive education services, and
  3. enrollment in community based inclusive development services.

Medical services include medical eye care, services for ear and orthopaedic conditions, mental health as well as other diseases and disabilities.

a smiling Joseph

90-year-old Joseph from Rwanda is happy thanks to CBM; he can see himself after a cataract operation.


1. Medical services

11,537,683 people received medical services:

  • 10,559,229 - Vision - Eye Health
  • 624,528 - Ear & Hearing Care
  • 260,181 - Physical/Orthopaedic conditions
  • 36,385 - Community Mental Health
  • 57,360 - Other medical services

119,587 people were either referred to the above medical services or rehabilitation services, or they received personal assistance to be able to access these services.

  • 10,559,229 people received medical eye services.
  • 819,121 eye operations were performed, of which 605,443 were cataract surgeries. 30,572 of cataract surgeries helped children.
  • 434,700 spectacles and 11,322 low vision devices were provided or dispensed.
  • 8,150 sessions for skills training related to low vision were realised.
  • 47,565 sessions for support of skills for daily living, orientation and mobility.

The following professionals participated in trainings to enable our partner organisations and enhance local and national capacity:

  • 1,229 eye doctors trained;
  • 1,587 eye nurses and ophthalmic medical assistants trained;
  • 1,167 optometrists and refractionists trained.

  • 624,528 people received medical services for ear conditions.
  • 8,785 ear operations were performed and 122,851 medical ear treatments (non-surgical) provided.
  • 5,073 hearing aids and amplification devices were provided or dispensed.
  • 105,649 audiograms and other audiological (hearing) tests were performed.
  • 84,259 communication (speech therapy and sign language) sessions were provided.

The following professionals participated in trainings to enable our partner organisations and enhance local and national capacity:

  • 161 Ear Nose Throat (ENT) specialists/hearing physicians;
  • 382 ENT nurses or assistants;
  • 194 audiologists and audiometrists;
  • 245 communication and speech therapists.

  • 260,181 people received medical services for orthopaedic conditions.
  • 20,937 orthopaedic operations were performed, such as:
  • 4,099 clubfeet;
  • 1,150 cleft lip/palate;
  • 789 Vesico-vaginal fistula;
  • 3,519 Other plastic and reconstructive conditions including burns;
  • 2,174 fractures and trauma;
  • 1,845 osteomyelitis and infections;
  • 2,616 limb deformities;
  • 4,745 other operations;
  • 32,622 assistive devices like wheelchairs, tricycles, ortheses, prostheses, mobility aids, crutches, walkers, etc. were provided or dispensed.
  • 382,815 physiotherapy and occupational therapy sessions and 27,398 treatments for club foot manipulation were performed. 

The following professionals participated in trainings to enable our partner organisations and enhance local and national capacity:

  • 46 orthopaedic specialists;
  • 804 orthopaedic nurses or assistants;
  • 1,340 physical/occupational therapists.

  • 36,385 people received community mental health services.
  • 43,601 psychosocial therapy/counselling sessions were provided.

The following professionals participated in trainings to enable our partner organisations and enhance local and national capacity:

  • 436 psychiatrists and psychologists;
  • 693 psychiatric nurses;
  • 89 psychologists;
  • 844 social workers and patient counsellors.

2. Inclusive Education

42,905 persons with disabilities were enrolled or registered in education projects, of which 37,481 were children.

CBM promotes access to education for girls, boys, women and men with disability. This includes adaptations of schools, professional training of teachers and improvement of learning materials.

24,300 teachers were trained:

  • 21,532 regular teachers and
  • 2,768 specialist teachers.

7,700 parents and caregivers were trained for home-based academic support of persons with disabilities enrolled in integrated or inclusive settings. In total, 32,000 trainings in education were carried out.

CBM strengthens local and national education systems by training teachers, to enable students with disabilities to access education services.

two young girls sign with each other

Jhesabel and her sister Marializ talk in sign language. CBM partner Altiora in Bolivia is assisting the two disabled girls with the goal of having the girls attend mainstream school.

CBM/Foto Backofen Mhm

3. Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID)

373,885 persons with disabilities enrolled in our CBID projects of which 39% were children. .

As part of CBM's comprehensive programme work, 100,290 persons accessed our inclusive livelihood programmes:

  • 36,282 persons received vocational training;
  • 21,436 persons obtained employment;
  • 42,572 persons obtained financial services, of which 8,374 persons obtained financial services from mainstream organisations.

little boy brushing his hair with some assistance

Six-year-old Avinash from India, who is blind, receives help from CBM partner Vikalp Foundation. Shhyamwati Devi visits Avinash once a week and teaches him life skills, such as how to get dressed.


Our reach in other key areas

Apart from CBM's core activities, we are reaching many more people through our work in neglected tropical diseases, inclusive humanitarian action, disability inclusive development and empowerment, including safeguarding.

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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

More than 48 million persons benefitted from Mass Drug Administration (MDA) - community treatments in a public health approach. To know more, read our NTD Report 2018.

With more than a billion people affected, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) represent a huge current and future cause of disability. CBM continues to play a role in providing preventive chemotherapy through Mass Drug Administration (MDA) for the five most common NTDs (see below). CBM also supports the improvement of hygiene and sanitation measures - relevant to all NTDs, but particularly to trachoma prevention.

  • More than 29.3 million received treatments for blinding onchocerciasis (river blindness) and trachoma.
  • More than 31.5 million received treatments for non-blinding, disabling NTDs (lymphatic filariasis, soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis).

In 2018, Ghana declared the elminiation of trachoma as a public health problem, the first African country to reach this milestone. This is a cause for celebration for CBM, as it was CBM that first identified the presence of the disease in Ghana in the 1980s and pioneered the training of surgeons and treatment.

CBM was closely involved in establishing Onchocerciasis Elimination Committees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan—groups of experts who guide the National NTD Programme to devise appropriate strategies and assess progress in order to ensure elimination is reached in the shortest possible time.

There is encouraging progress in Nigeria where assessments for Lymphatic Filariasis in seven CBM districts were negative, showing we are on track for elimination in 2020.

Additionally, we reached people in the CBM supported mandate area of inclusive humanitarian action:

In 2018, CBM and partners implemented disability inclusive emergency response programmes in six countries: Bangladesh (ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis), Kenya, Ethiopia and India (flooding), Philippines (typhoon) and in Indonesia (earthquake/tsunami).

CBM directly reached 132,652 persons through our Inclusive Humanitarian Action efforts, up to 30% of whom are persons with disabilities.

CBM humanitarian work aims to reach the entire community, specifically ensuring inclusion of persons with disabilities and other most at-risk groups. By targeting persons with disabilities as well as other more at-risk members of society and their families, CBM ensures no-one is left behind, follows the humanitarian principle of impartiality and fosters inclusive rebuilding of affected communities.

To maximise our impact, CBM is also involved in the provision of technical assistance to other international and national NGOs and DPOs, capacity building of partners, developing tools and guidance as part of consortia, advocacy work, and inclusion auditing.

Empowerment is a key driver to achieve inclusion of persons with disabilities as equal members of their community. Disability Inclusive Development (DID) and empowerment are key features across all of CBM’s core areas of work.

384,193 members of peer groups, self-help groups and DPOs have been established or facilitated to strengthen the voice and influence of persons with disabilities.

76,965 government representatives and representatives of non-governmental and civil society organisations have participated in workshops on disability inclusion in 2018.

66,508 persons participated in trainings or workshops on Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (IDRR).

To ensure safety of children and adults at-risk in our programme work, CBM supported trainings on child safeguarding:

  • 5,101 staff at partner organisations participated in safeguarding trainings.
  • 26,593 participants of our projects’ target group were sensitised and trained in special courses on awareness of child's rights and safeguarding standards.