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.

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Projects
11
Countries
976.047
People reached in 2022

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.

Action areas
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Inclusive eye health

Prevention of avoidable blindness, support for hospitals and ophthalmology centres, mobile clinics, prevention and cure of neglected tropical diseases, training of doctors and operators.

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Other disabilities

Medical care and surgery, physical rehabilitation, equipping of hospitals, training of doctors and operators.

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Inclusion

Promotion of disability-inclusive development, inclusive education, vocational training, food security programmes.

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Humanitarian action

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.

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  • 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

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Let’s TEST us for the future: TErritories and STudents for new ecological Citizenship

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Eye surgery

TT Backlog Clearance in seven districts of the Gurage and Silti Zones, Ethiopia

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Mental health and psychosocial support for children and young people in Karnataka, India

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Eye screening

Yuva Vikas: Unlock the human potential of Indian children through eye health and inclusive education

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Institutional strengthening of organizations of persons with disabilities in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua

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Strengthening low vision services in 5 departments of Guatemala

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Trichiasis surgery

Together to eliminate trachoma and improve eye health in South Sudan

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Onchocerciasis drugs

Accelerate elimination of Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic filariasis in Juba County, South Sudan

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Prevention of trachoma through increased awareness and improved access to sanitary facilities in selected schools in Unity State

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COWPERATION: Reduction of child malnutrition and the promotion of food security among the vulnerable groups in the Woreda of Ebnat, South Gondar Zone, Amhara Region

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Eye screening

Addis Abeba School Eye Health Programme

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Amhara Trachoma Elimination Program (ATEP)

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Eye screening

ROSHINI Project: Indian Initiative for Comprehensive and Inclusive Eye Care

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I-LEAD: Work Placement through Accessible Education and Digitalization

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Eye screening

Trachoma elimination program in Debub Sodo, Silti and Misrak silti Districts of SNNPR, Ethiopia

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Consolidation of the national ROP program in Guatemala

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Smart Climate - Sustainable Agriculture in Malawi for a better resilience to climate changes

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InJOB! Educational and work inclusion for young vulnerable students

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Improving access to rehabilitation services, Naro Moru

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Teacher training workshop

F.I.R.E.! Training Project on Educational Inclusion and Resilience for children with CHARGE syndrome

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Scaling up Mass Drug Administration (MDA) to Eliminate Trachoma in Rubkona County, Unity state, South Sudan

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Food security and resilience of women with disabilities in Kenya

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LIKE WATER. Individual educational-rehabilitative therapies for children with CHARGE syndrome

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The widespread library: reading as an intimate but participatory experience

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Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services for people with disability in Uganda

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By their side: psychological support to youth with disabilities in COVID-19 times

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Grandmother and nephew in Ethiopia

NTD-WASH project in West Belessa, East Belessa and Ibnat Woredas

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Low vision and refractive errors programme in Cochabamba

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Nepal

Eastern Regional Eye and Ear Care Programme

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Niger EU

Urbanisation 4 Change. Socio-economic inclusion in Agadez

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FAI Niger

Together for an inclusive response to the COVID-19 emergency

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Humanitas Cagliari

You care, I listen to you: psychological support in hospital context

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Charge

+AIR: Inclusive recreational activities and assistance to children with CHARGE syndrome

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Uganda

ForeSeeing Inclusion – Eye health and Disability Mainstreaming in North Uganda

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Scaling up MDA to accelerate Elimination of Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis

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Screening

BECause Eye Care: South Sudan Eye Care services strengthening

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Food security to malnourished children at schools and vulnerable communities in East and West Belessa (Ahmara region)

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Ensuring Quality and Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities Program

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Inclusion strategies in socio-health and school services. Operational models for accompanying children with disabilities in Bolivia

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South Sudan
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Scaling up MDA to accelerate Elimination of Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis

Ethiopia
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Food security to malnourished children at schools and vulnerable communities in East and West Belessa (Ahmara region)

Bolivia
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Inclusion strategies in socio-health and school services. Operational models for accompanying children with disabilities in Bolivia

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Italy
Teacher training workshop

F.I.R.E.! Training Project on Educational Inclusion and Resilience for children with CHARGE syndrome

Partners and donors

Our work in developing countries and in Italy is made possible by the trust and support of 54.530 individual donors and many institutions, foundations and companies.

 

In 2022 CBM Italia raised € 10,9 M.

Funding sources
50 %
Institutions and foundations
46 %
Individual donors
3 %
5x1000 tax allocation
1 %
Companies
Institutions and foundations
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Italian Agency for Development Cooperation
8x1000 Valdesian Church
KING BAUDOUIN FOUNDATION logo
KING BAUDOUIN FOUNDATION
PRESIDENZA DEL CONSIGLIO DEI MINISTRI
UCB COMMUNITY HEALTH FUND logo
UCB COMMUNITY HEALTH FUND
EUROPEAN UNION
Fondazione Affinita
Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lombardia
Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo
Companies
Anthilia SGR
dominvest
Iperal Spa
Mediagraf
Nextam
Otim
Polifarma
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Riello

Accountability

70 %
Of the funds collected are allocated for projects and awareness campaigns in developing countries and in Italy
23 %
Invested in fundraising
7 %
For general and administrative expenses
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We are part of an international organisation active since 1908.

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We are one of the 239 Civil Society Organisations recognised by AICS (Italian Agency for Development Cooperation).

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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.

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We have a Code of Conduct that commits us to comply with the principles of honesty, respect, propriety and inclusion.

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CBM is acknowledged as a “Non-State Actor in official relations with the World Health Organization", with which it collaborates.

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CBM Italia

Via Melchiorre Gioia 72
20125 Milano - Italy

Tel. +39 0272093670

Lea Barzani

Head of Philanthropy Department

lea.barzani@cbmitalia.org