In the developing world, irreversible blindness is mostly caused by glaucoma, vitamin A deficiency, measles, injuries to the eyes and River Blindness. Almost half of the children who go blind in poor countries will die within two years of losing their sight. Of those who survive, 98% will never go to school.
When an adult goes blind in a developing country, children are often removed from school to help lead the blind adult around, care for them and help provide for the family.
For many of these blind people, poverty caused their blindness. And, blindness results in deeper poverty. It’s a vicious cycle that is difficult to break.
CBM establishes community-based rehabilitation programs for children, women and men with irreversible blindness. These programs provide ongoing educational, vocational, agricultural and workshop training. CBM also supports a number of schools for the blind.
By teaching blind individuals how to read Braille or learn a job skill, these people become independent, contributing members of their communities. This is done through a combined effort of the individual themselves, their families and the appropriate health, education, vocational and social service.
CBM serves children, women and men with visual, hearing, physical and/or mental disabilities. Some of the disabilities served include:
Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate
Neglected Tropical Diseases