Improving health

Zawad smiles after clubfoot surgery on hospital bed.

Our impact last year

  • 10k people were given the chance to walk without pain through clubfoot surgery
  • 846 women were treated for obstetric fistula
  • 62k 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 is carrying water from the water-hole back home  – together with his nieces Rita and Linda. Walking with bowed legs is burdensome – and causes Denis a lot of pain. .Please refer to related field reports for more information
Denis (8 years old, born in June 2006) is a client of CoRSU Hospital in Uganda (P2429). During early childhood he developed severe bowlegs due to Blount´s desease. In CoRSU he will receive corrective surgery among other medical care and rehabilitation.


“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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Guatemala City/Guatemala, Project
22nd Mar 2017

New CBM survey concludes disability-inclusion urgent priority in Guatemala

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Al Hussein Society staff measuring Syrian child for mobility device in Azraq refugee camp, Jordan .
27th Jan 2017

Supporting Syrian refugees and others with disabilities in Jordan

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