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  • Children at Buddha School, Nepal, have been involved in psychosocial activities with their counsellors since the earthquake in 2015.

    Building on 15 years of learning, growing and empowering in mental health at CBM

    Thursday, 16th May, 2019 | Julian Eaton
    On World Health Day, April 7th 2019, we launched the new CBM Community Mental Health Initiative. Our Mental Health Director, Julian Eaton, marked the occasion by sharing his thoughts on the journey that has got us to this point and explains what the ...
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  • Rosi showing Salome prayers from UK supporters

    Salomé's Story - Building Connections Across The World

    Thursday, 9th May, 2019 | Rosi Jack
    I’m back in Cambridge after an incredible week in Rwanda – and  Salomé is back at home with her daughter and grandchildren. Thanks to sight-restoring cataract surgery last week at our partner hospital, Kabgayi Eye Unit, she is able to see them ...
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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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