CBM-US is a member association of CBM International, the largest non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world.
CBM International consists of 11 Member Associations (MAs) that support CBM’s purpose and work. These organizations form the vital link between people with disabilities in low-income countries and people that have the interest, capacities and resources to help.
CBM Member Associations include: Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.
CBM works closely with world-renowned organizations and Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) on an international level. CBM has been officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an organization specializing in preventing and curing blindness. CBM maintains a close working relationship with WHO in the fields of visual and hearing impairments, as well as community mental health. CBM was one of 380 expert resources involved in the first-ever World Report on Disability, released by the World Health Organization and the World Bank in June 2011.
CBM also works closely with the United Nations (UN) on the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The purpose of this convention is to promote, defend and reinforce the human rights of all people with disabilities. This convention serves as the legal framework for CBM’s advocacy efforts. CBM also has consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
CBM maintains a strong relationship with the World Bank as well, having consulted on the World Bank Education Strategy, which was launched in April 2011. This strategy outlines an inclusive education system that takes into account the marginalized groups of society, including people with disabilities.
CBM also 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 providing affordable hearing aids, education for all, and community mental health.