Improving health

Zawad smiles after clubfoot surgery on hospital bed.

Our impact last year

  • 548k people received medical and rehabilitative services
  • 2.56m people protected from Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • 34k people received mental health services

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.

As mental health conditions are among the leading causes of disability and ill-health worldwide, improving access to mental health treatment and support is a key part of this work. Read more about our mental health work.

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;
  • Improving access to mental health services and support;
  • 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

Community fistula champions standing together.

Preventing fistula and improving maternal health in Nigeria

CBM is working with Survive Fistula Healthcare Foundation and ECWA Vesico Vaginal Fistula Centre to improve access to…

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Little boy, with cleft palate, lying down on a bed with a book

Providing life-changing healthcare and rehabilitation for children with disabilities in Uganda

Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services of Uganda (CoRSU) is a specialist hospital established with CBM’s support in 2006.

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Chris Ogoshi standing in front of a red CBM sign.
2nd Oct 2023

Celebrating the life of Chris Ogoshi

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Staff from CBM UK, CBM Kenya, Nous Cims and DOM Spark standing outside on arid land in Kenya.
15th Dec 2022

Supporting child malnutrition in Kenya: reaching the most vulnerable

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