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.
- 1,3 mln
- Beneficiaries reached in 2021
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
Mengo Hospital Eye Unit
Scaling up MDA to accelerate Elimination of Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis
BECause Eye Care: South Sudan Eye Care services strengthening
Food security to malnourished children at schools and vulnerable communities in East and West Belessa (Ahmara region)
Ensuring Quality and Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities Program
Inclusion strategies in socio-health and school services. Operational models for accompanying children with disabilities in Bolivia
The widespread library: reading as an intimate but participatory experience
Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services for people with disability in Uganda
By their side: psychological support to youth with disabilities in COVID-19 times
Partners and donors
Our work in developing countries and in Italy is made possible by the trust and support of 54.842 individual donors and many institutions, foundations and companies.
In 2021 CBM Italia raised € 7,63 M.
We are part of an international organisation active since 1908.
We are one of the 264 Civil Society Organisations recognised by AICS (Italian Agency for Development Cooperation).
From 2006 to 2020, the financial statements were audited by KPMG, and then became the subject of a statutory audit from 2021, in compliance with the requirements of the Third Sector Code.
We have a Code of Conduct that commits us to comply with the principles of honesty, respect, propriety and inclusion.
CBM is acknowledged as a “Non-State Actor in official relations with the World Health Organization", with which it collaborates.