Mohamed and his mother Agness are happy after he has had an operation for a chronic ear infection at one of CBM's partner hospitals in Zambia.
  • 2.4m People with disability [1]
  • 42,600 People who are blind [2]
  • 54% People live in poverty [3]

A landlocked country in south central Africa, Zambia has experienced economic growth over the last decade due to copper mining, but poverty remains acute in rural areas.

Life expectancy is just 59 years for men, 64 for women. Most people work in the informal sector, particularly agriculture.

CBM has been working with partners in Zambia for over 30 years, 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

Hearing technician examines girl's ear

Preventing hearing loss in Zambia

Training and equipping health workers to prevent avoidable hearing loss and improve access to hearing aids and support.

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Transforming lives

Balika from Zambia has a hole in his heart, cataract in one eye and hearing problems.


“He finally started to speak. It was so exciting!”

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Scotland's Development Minister outside Beit Cure hospital, with hospital staff.
27th Sep 2018

Scotland's Development Minister visits CBM project in Zambia

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5-year-old Grace being examined by audio technician Patson at CBM’s partner Beit Cure Hospital in Zambia ©CBM/Hayduk
30th Oct 2019

Newly trained students helping to prevent disabling hearing loss in Zambia

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