Three unidentified women having their sight tested at a CCBRT run outreach clinic in Lugoba in the Tanga Region of Tanzania.
  • 51m Population [1]
  • 28% People living in poverty [2]
  • 8m People with disability [3]

Tanzania, the largest country in East Africa, is home to over 50 million people. Tanzania is an emerging economy with high potential. But despite impressive growth in its gross domestic product (GDP) over the past decade, it remains one of the world's poorest countries in terms of per capita income.

90% of those living in poverty are in rural areas, with little or no access to health care services and education. It is estimated that 7.6million people in Tanzania live with some form of disability.

While Tanzania has made significant progress in its healthcare development and improvement of maternal health services, there is still a long way to go.

CBM UK’s work in Tanzania is focused on preventing avoidable blindness in children and adults, as well treating fistula, which leads to many women needlessly ostracised by their communities for years.

  • [1] (UN)
  • [2] (World Bank)
  • [3] Disability statistic is based on WHO estimate of 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability.

In action

Glaucoma treatment trial

Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness worldwide. Without effective treatment, it leads to permanent…

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Restoring hope and dignity – treating obstetric fistula

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Omari and his father, Amiri can't stop smiling as a doctor comes and removes the bandages after cataract surgery.

Treating childhood blindness across East Africa

Poor eyesight has a huge impact on the future of a child in East Africa – children who can’t see are much less likely…

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Transforming lives

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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Edward wearing an eye bandage after his cataract surgery at CBM partner in Tanzania.


“I wish very much to be able to see again. Then I can go back to school – and the teacher will not tell me off anymore…”

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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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Omari and his father, Amiri can't stop smiling as a doctor comes and removes the bandages after cataract surgery.


“I can see much better Daddy, the clouds are gone. I look forward to going back to school”.

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Vaileth & Susana both have cataracts and were treated by CBM's partner in Tanzania

Vaileth and Susana

“Now they can see better, I hope the girls can go to school to get an education so they can live a better life. Thank you so much.”

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16th Mar 2017

World Glaucoma Week – trialling innovative Glaucoma treatment in Africa

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The Moore family have given tirelessly to support CBM programmes.
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The Moore family: making a lasting difference [21 Stories]

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