CBM Italia is a humanitarian organisation committed to preventing and treating blindness and avoidable disability, as well as to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Italy.
- 1 mln
- Beneficiaries reached in 2020
What we do
Over 1 billion persons throughout the world have a disability (about 15% of the global population); of these, 80% live in developing countries. A vicious circle links disability and poverty. We want to break this cycle by working together with the communities on projects that promote health, education and independent living.
Prevention of avoidable blindness, support for hospitals and ophthalmology centres, mobile clinics, prevention and cure of neglected tropical diseases, training of doctors and operators.
Medical care and surgery, physical rehabilitation, equipping of hospitals, training of doctors and operators.
Promotion of disability-inclusive development, inclusive education, vocational training, food security programmes.
Disability-inclusive programmes in preparation for and response to humanitarian and environmental emergencies, training of operators in the field.
How we work
CBM Italia is part of CBM (Christian Blind Mission), an international development organisation, committed since 1908 to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world.
Our projects help to implement the principles embodied in the «UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities», around the world and in Italy, and strengthen the global commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
- We work with communities to affirm the rights and promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every aspect of life (Community-based inclusive development).
- We are active where the need is greatest in Africa, Asia and Latin America; we are also present in Italy.
- We work together with local partners and organisations of persons with disabilities.
Where we work
You care, I listen to you: psychological support in hospital context
Eyes Open! 20-21
+AIR: Inclusive recreational activities and assistance to children with CHARGE syndrome
ForeSeeing Inclusion – Eye health and Disability Mainstreaming in North Uganda
Mengo Hospital Eye Unit
Scaling up MDA to accelerate Elimination of Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis
Nutrition and Food Security for Children and Women with Disability in Wolaitta Zone, Ethiopia
Promoting Food Security and Resilience among Women with Disabilities in Igembe North Sub-County, Meru County Kenya
Low vision and refractive errors programme in Cochabamba
Partners and donors
Our work in developing countries and in Italy is made possible by the trust and support of 60,000 individual donors and many institutions, foundations and companies.
In 2020 CBM Italia raised € 9,434,256.
We are part of an international organisation active since 1908
We are one of the 247 Civil Society Organisations recognised by AICS (Italian Agency for Development Cooperation)
The financial statements of CBM Italia Onlus as of 31st December 2020 have been approved at the members’ meeting and audited by KPMG (audited voluntarily by them since 2006)
We have a Code of Conduct that commits us to comply with the principles of honesty, respect, propriety and inclusion
88% of the funds raised are allocated for projects and awareness campaigns in developing countries and in Italy.