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CBM - Working in partnership to ensure quality of life for persons with disabilities and the prevention of disability

CBM is an international Christian development organisation whose primary purpose is to improve the quality of life of the world's poorest persons with disabilities and those at risk of disability. CBM works with partner organisations in low income countries to both develop and ensure that persons with disabilities and their families have ready access to:

  • Affordable and comprehensive health care and rehabilitation programmes
  • Quality education programs
  • Livelihood opportunities

Working with persons with disabilities, CBM advocates for their inclusion in all aspects of society.

In 2007, CBM is supporting 1,016 projects in 113 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Through its partner organisations, CBM currently reaches 12.5 million people and aims to reach many more in the coming years. Ten Member Associations support a joint programme of work with a total annual budget of almost 59 million Euro, enabling partners to develop services and also advocating for the mainstreaming of disability into development cooperation. Worldwide, approximately 650,000 people donate funds toward the work of CBM.

Fields of work

CBM uses comprehensive, sustainable and community-focussed approaches which contribute to poverty alleviation and self-reliance. CBM partners develop high quality preventive, curative, educational, rehabilitative, livelihood and advocacy programmes which are designed to maximize the quality of life of persons with disabilities.

Alliance Partners and Global Programmes

CBM cooperates with UN agencies, global organisations and 'disabled people organisations' to promote and develop international alliances and programmes with and for persons with disabilities. CBM is recognised as a Collaborating Organisation by the World Health Organization and has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and as a member of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), CBM founded and launched 'Vision 2020: The Right to Sight'. The goal of Vision 2020 is to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020. CBM is also working with WHO and other stakeholders to create an international initiative for the provision of affordable hearing aids for hearing impaired people in low income countries - 'WWHearing' (World-Wide Hearing Care for Developing Countries).

Working principles and structures

Partnership and capacity building are central to CBM's work. Local and expatriate staff in CBM's twelve Regional Offices, assist local staff in over 700 partner organisations in the development of high quality and sustainable programmes for persons with disabilities and preventing disability.
More than 100 full-time seconded professional expatriate staff (eye doctors, nurses, special educators, physiotherapists, rehabilitation experts, and project managers), transfer their management and professional skills, adding value to the material resources provided to partners for infrastructure development.
CBM also employs a group of international specialists in visual, hearing, physical and mental disability who provide technical knowledge and advisory services to improve policy and practice.

CBM - 100 years of expertise

CBM (Christoffel-Blindenmission / Christian Blind Mission) was founded by the German Pastor Ernst Jakob Christoffel in 1908, who because of his Christian faith cared for the needs of children with disability and orphans, in Malatia, Turkey and Tabriz and Isfahan, Iran. CBM, Nibelungenstrasse 124, 64625 Bensheim, Germany
Phone: +49 6251 131 392, E-mail:, Website:

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