Henry working at his clothes making stall.
  • 990,000 People with disability [1]
  • 71,000 People who are blind [2]
  • 72% People live in poverty [3]

Zimbabwe’s potential for prosperity has been hampered by a series of political, health and environmental crises.

Once one of Southern Africa’s most productive countries, severe droughts and government policies have contributed to decades of sharply falling output and a breakdown in many public services.

The beginning of a recent economic recovery has faltered again. At 154th on the Human Development Index of 188 countries, its 15.6 million population is one of the poorest in the world.

Zimbabwe’s under-resourced health delivery system is overstretched by the high burden of HIV, maternal and childhood illnesses.

CBM has been working with partners in Zimbabwe since 1974, 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] Ministry of Health and Child Care, Living Conditions among Persons with Disability, 2013.
  • [2] IAPB, Vision Atlas.
  • [3] World Bank.


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