Improving health

Zawad smiles after clubfoot surgery on hospital bed.

Our impact last year

  • 103k doctors, nurses and other medical professionals trained
  • 74k people treated for mental health conditions
  • 58k wheelchairs, walking frames and other orthopaedic devices were distributed

People in poor communities are much more likely to be disabled than those living in wealthier parts of the world. One of the main reasons is they are at much greater risk of diseases or conditions that can cause disability.

Also, people living with disabilities in developing countries often don’t get the healthcare or medical support they need – such as physiotherapy, a hearing aid, a wheelchair or surgery.

We work in the world’s poorest places to prevent and treat conditions that cause disability, and to enable people with disabilities to access the medical care that they need.

To read more about our work preventing blindness, visit our Saving Sight page.

How we help

CBM helps to improve health by:

  • Treating diseases, conditions or injuries that could lead to disability;
  • Training specialist doctors, nurses and healthcare workers;
  • Providing rehabilitation and physiotherapy;
  • Helping to equip hospitals and improve healthcare systems;
  • Providing assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches or hearing aids.

In action

Rebuilding after ebola – Improving community mental health

We have been working in Sierra Leone for several years to improve treatment for mental health conditions…

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Restoring hope and dignity – treating obstetric fistula

Many women in Tanzania live with obstetric fistula for decades, often rejected by their husbands and communities and…

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Restoring hope and dignity to women with obstetric fistula

Many women in Nigeria live with obstetric fistula for decades, often rejected by their husbands and communities and…

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Supporting children with HIV and disabilities

Over 180,000 children in Zimbabwe live with HIV. While survival rates are improving, many develop disabilities…

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Fred sits with his friend before his cleftlip surgery.

Treating cleft lip and palate

Every year more than 170,000 children in the developing world are born with cleft lip and/or palate. Where this is…

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Treatment and support for children with disabilities

Children with disabilities in Uganda often face stigma, superstition and poverty. Few get the medical care or support…

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Transforming lives

Denis

“The way to school was so long and hard for him, and he would come back home in pain. So I thought maybe it’s best to stop school…

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Dorotea from Tanzania sits on a bed after surgery for Fistula. CCBRT.

Dorotea

“I felt [urine] run down my leg. It happened all the time and I couldn’t stop it. I would sit and not move around… I would like to say thanks a lot to the doctors and the nurses…

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Joan at CoRSU in Uganda before surgery for Cleft lip and palate.

Joan

“I am so proud of her. I couldn’t believe that her lip could be repaired…now she will gain weight.”

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Mariam, smiling, after treatment for obstetric fistula in Tanzania

Mariam

“When I go back to the village, I will tell the other women: If you have the same problem, don’t hide. There are doctors who helped me, too, and changed my life!”

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News

Hari was supported through an emergency mental health project that CBM conducted after the earthquakes in Nepal.
21st Jul 2017

Tackling mental health in the world’s poorest places: CBM UK merges with BasicNeeds UK

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Blog

4 year old Sylas born with clubfoot undergoing treatment. Field worker Agnes Nabawanuka teaches
3rd Jun 2017

A global strategy to ensure that children born with clubfoot lead pain free and normal lives

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