Trachoma Prevention Control Programm

CBM in Numbers

Overview of our global reach in 2019

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 2019, CBM was active in 51 countries, supported 540 projects, worked with 347 partner organisations and reached 10.70 million people through core activities. We reached about 29 million people in 9 countries who were affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and received treatment or underwent eye surgeries. An additional 31 million were treated through Mass Drug Administration (MDA). 

Lastly, we reached about 27,458 countable 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 69 million euro.

The core focus of our reach in more detail

In 2019, a total of 10,700,652 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

In 2019, 10,279,133 people received medical services and 115,938 people were either referred to the above medical services or rehabilitation services, or they received personal assistance to be able to access these services.

10,279,133 people received medical services:

  • 9,267,374 - Vision - Eye Health
  • 553,139 - Ear & Hearing Care
  • 338,566 - Physical/Orthopaedic conditions
  • 46,255 - Community Mental Health
  • 73,785 - Other medical services

115,938 people were either referred to the above medical services or rehabilitation services, or they received personal assistance to be able to access these services.

2. Inclusive Education

In 2019, 44,062 persons with disabilities were enrolled or registered in education projects, of which 36,811 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.

Training was provided to 24,742 teachers and 11,389 parents and caregivers for home-based academic support of persons with disabilities enrolled in integrated or inclusive settings. In total, 36,131 trainings in education were carried out.

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

3. Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID)

377,457 persons with disabilities were enrolled in our CBID projects of which 42% were children. As part of CBM's comprehensive programme work, 91,115 persons accessed our inclusive livelihood programmes by receiving vocational training, obtaining employment as well as financial services.

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

CBM reached about 29 million people in 9 countries who were affected by NTDs and received treatment or underwent eye surgeries. An additional 31 million were treated through Mass Drug Administration (MDA). 

With more than a billion people affected, NTDs represent a huge current and future cause of disability. CBM continues to play a role in providing preventive chemotherapy through 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 28.18 million received treatments for blinding onchocerciasis (river blindness) and trachoma.
  • More than 22.87 million received treatments for non-blinding, disabling NTDs (lymphatic filariasis, soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis).

For more information on our NTD work, check out our NTD Report 2020.

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

In 2019, CBM started to take a more holistic, comprehensive and consistent approach to crisis response by engaging in all types of crisis (natural and manmade), various crisis levels and investing in all phases of the humanitarian programme cycle (preparedness, response and recovery).

The primary focus of the preparedness work was to initiate the process of strengthening the capacity and operational readiness of country offices and their respective key partners in inclusive humanitarian action in order to ensure effective and efficient response to emergencies. For 2019 CBM has focused its preparedness work mainly on Bangladesh, Indonesia and Zimbabwe.

At the same time, CBM and its partners implemented disability inclusive emergency response programs in four countries: Bangladesh (ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis), Indonesia (earthquake and tsunami), Zimbabwe and India (cyclone).These responses reached around 27.458 'countable' people, 52% of whom were women and girls and, where possible to measure, up to 28% of whom are persons with disabilities.

To maximize our influence, CBM is also involved in provision of technical assistance and guidance to international and national NGOs and DPOs. In 2019, CBM and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) released findings of the first ever disability audit of DFID’s humanitarian programmes carried out by CBM and Nigeria’s Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD). Subject to the audit were four humanitarian consortium projects under the North East Nigeria Transition to Development (NENTAD) programme.

At global level, CBM is now recognised as an important player in promoting and practicing the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action. To further catalyse developments in disability inclusion in the wider humanitarian community, CBM contributed to the development of the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, delivered the first ever Bridge Article 11 training to DPOs and mainstream humanitarian agencies, and chaired Elrha’s Technical Working Group on Inclusion of Older People and People with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action.

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.

387,208 members of peer groups, self-help groups and DPOs have been established or facilitated to strengthen the voice and influence of persons with disabilities.

72,963 government representatives and representatives of non-governmental and civil society organisations have participated in workshops on disability inclusion in 2019.

101,564 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:

  • 5,122 staff at partner organisations participated in safeguarding trainings.
  • 31,952 participants of our projects’ target group were sensitised and trained in special courses on awareness of child's rights and safeguarding standards.