Ada Sule has polio and is now making her living as a hairdresser.
  • 27.3m People with disability [1]
  • 742,000 People who are blind [2]
  • 46% People live in poverty [3]

Nigeria is an oil rich nation, home to Africa’s largest population of over 182 million people. However, high levels of poverty and joblessness persist. Development challenges include reducing the great inequality in access to quality health and education services, and promoting social inclusion.

People with disabilities in Nigeria are often excluded from society, and struggle to access even the most basic services like healthcare and education.

CBM has been working with partners in Nigeria since 1968, preventing blindness, improving health and helping people with disabilities go to school, earn a living, access health care/rehabilitation and secure respect in their communities.

  • [1] 15% of population - WHO estimate that 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability.
  • [2] IAPB, Vision Atlas.
  • [3] World Bank.

In action

Changing lives through livelihoods

When people with disabilities can build secure livelihoods, they can escape poverty, support their families and also…

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Transforming lives

Eje sits at a computer that is in the shop that he owns thanks to ELIM in Nigeria.


“I never mind what people say about me anymore provided I get to where I want, because of the encouragement I received from Elim staff, who always go beyond people’s expectations.”

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Participants attending a meeting between the disability and women’s movements
23rd Jun 2021

Break the cycle update: promoting economic independence and leadership for women and girls with disabilities in Nigeria

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Community champions at the Survive Fistula Healthcare Foundation in Nigeria, wearing t-shirts saying 'Ask Me' to help raise awareness and encourage other women to seek help.
23rd May 2021

Fistula Day 2021: community champions tackle stigma in Nigeria

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