Improving health

Zawad smiles after clubfoot surgery on hospital bed.

Our impact last year

  • 87k doctors, nurses and other medical professionals trained
  • 36k people treated for mental health conditions
  • 32k 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

Improving support for people with mental health problems and their families (Malawi)

People with mental health conditions in Malawi often face stigma, prejudice and abuse. They struggle to access…

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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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Amali from India speaking out to challenge misconceptions about mental; health in her community

Time To Change: tackling mental health stigma in the world’s poorest places

Mental health conditions like depression are a major cause of disability and ill-health worldwide, often leading to…

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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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Transforming lives


“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.


“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.


“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


“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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CBM staff, global advisors and partners at the NNN conference in Liverpool
17th Sep 2019

CBM at the NNN: sharing expertise on neglected tropical diseases

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5-year-old Grace being examined by audio technician Patson at CBM’s partner Beit Cure Hospital in Zambia ©CBM/Hayduk
30th Oct 2019

Newly trained students helping to prevent disabling hearing loss in Zambia

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