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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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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Women and son hugging.

Treating blinding diseases

Blinding diseases like trachoma and river blindness flourish in conditions of poverty, causing pain and blindness…

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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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13th Nov 2018

Actor David Suchet supports “Colours of Christmas” campaign

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Rabi (left) and Rukaya (right) from Nigeria.
29th Nov 2018

Experiences of women living with disabilities in Nigeria

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