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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8th Feb 2018

Coming together to prevent childhood blindness in Nigeria

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Reason Paivha
30th Jan 2018

A visit to CBM’s sight-saving programme in Zimbabwe

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