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  • Marie (pictured left) with her friend Philomena (pictured right) at Kabgayi Eye Unit in Rwanda.

    The power of friendship

    Tuesday, 16th April, 2019 | Rosi Jack
    I recently had the great pleasure of visiting our partner hospital, Kabgayi Eye Unit, in Rwanda. There, I met two women whose friendship was so powerful and inspiring; I will never forget it. I met Marie before and after her cataract surgery. Marie l...
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    How far did you travel for your glasses?

    Thursday, 4th April, 2019 | Rosi Jack
    A few weeks ago, my 8 year-old daughter needed glasses. No surprise there, given that I’ve worn glasses or contact lenses since about her age. A Saturday morning trip to town, a session trying on frames and a fortnight later she was proudly showing...
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  • #EyeHealthHeroes – World Health Day

    Tuesday, 2nd April, 2019
    This World Health Day, we are celebrating some of our #EyeHealthHeroes who are on the frontline of preventing avoidable blindness in the world’s poorest communities. Jado – Ophthalmic Clinical Officer   Meet Jean de Dieu Karangwa, Jado to h...
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  • Nurse Eugenia at CBM partner Kabgayi Eye Unit in Rwanda

    What if more crash test dummies were female? How we need to tackle gender inequality

    Friday, 8th March, 2019 | Rachel Aston
    International observance days provide a great opportunity to celebrate, raise awareness, and lobby for change. In her blog for International Women’s Day, Kirsty Smith celebrates three women who are, through their work with CBM, making a difference ...
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  • Women on the frontline of Eye Health – International Women’s Day

    Tuesday, 5th March, 2019 | Kirsty Smith
    Nearly two thirds of the world’s blind people are women. Too often, women’s health and wellbeing is still valued less than that of men, which means they are less likely to access sight-saving medical care. For example, a CBM programme in Cote d...
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  • Positive first steps but a long way to go: Parliamentary Inquiry into DFID’s work on disability

    Friday, 1st March, 2019 | Rachel Aston
    The Parliamentary International Development Committee (IDC) is considering evidence from a number of stakeholders, including CBM UK, about the Department for International Development’s (DFID) work on disability. This provides a valuable opportunit...
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  • Taking eye health services to rural Rwanda – outreach stories

    Friday, 22nd February, 2019 | Kirsty Smith
    It is 5am as, bleary eyed, we set off for Kigeme in southern Rwanda to run a one-day eye-health clinic. I have spent the week meeting staff and patients at Kabgayi Eye Hospital, set up in 1993 by the Roman Catholic Diocese and CBM, and located about ...
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  • Gordon Banks in 1970

    What a save! Thoughts on the death of Gordon Banks

    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019 | Dave Taylor
    As I write this, the sad news is breaking that one of football’s greatest ever goalkeepers, Gordon Banks, has passed away. Gordon will be forever remembered for that stunning save from the legendary Pele, in the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico. Eve...
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  • Child on crutches crosses a muddy ditch, image of mobile phone showing bridge

    #MentalHealthMatters: Humanitarian Hands-on Tool

    Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 | CBM UK
    Ben Adams, Mental Health Advisor at CBM and PhD fellow Trinity College Dublin, writes about mental health and CBM’s Humanitarian Hands-on Tool. This article was originally published by the Mental Health Innovation Network.  In humanitarian cri...
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  • Now is the time: will people with disabilities truly be at the centre of DFID’s new strategy?

    Friday, 1st February, 2019 | Kirsty Smith
    Last year was doubtlessly an ambitious one for the Department for International Development’s (DFID) work on disability. April 2018 saw significant efforts to influence the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting to commit to disability in...
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