Boy from Balakot, Pakistan.
  • 28m People with disability [1]
  • 1.8m People who are blind [2]
  • 30% People live in poverty [3]

Pakistan in Southern Asia, is a country which has experienced much upheaval since its independence in 1947, with bouts of military rule punctuating an erratic democratic process. The fall-out of the war in Afghanistan in 2001 has also had a harrowing impact on its internal security, which is being felt to this day.

Pakistan ranks low on the UN Human Development Index, a measure of people’s well-being in a country. 15% of the country’s population of 188 million are estimated to be living with disabilities.

CBM has been working with partners in Pakistan 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. In 2010, CBM's emergency response after devastating flooding helped over 44,000 survivors rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

  • [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.


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