Eye Health Brochure

Inclusion Made Easy in Eye Health Programs: Disability-inclusive practices for strengthening comprehensive eye care. The practices described in this user-friendly guide build on and capture innovation from CBM, its partners and others working in eye health globally. These practices have been adopted and endorsed by 17 leading eye health and disability agencies around the world. It is hoped that all working in eye health will adopt the disability-inclusive approaches in this guide.

Key messages:

  • A few practical steps can strengthen eye health programs to be welcoming of people from all disability groups, and ensure that those with long-term vision impairment access wider opportunities.
  • 22% of people in poverty in the world’s poorest countries have a disability.1
  • At least 20% of people who are blind or have severe vision loss cannot have their sight restored.2
  • Disability access barriers include physical, communication, attitudinal and policy/ financial barriers.
  • Many people with a disability experience exclusion, stigma and discrimination, especially in relation to possible false beliefs about causes of impairment and the capacity of people with a disability.

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Children with Disability Fact Sheet

Children with disabilities are often likely to be among the poorest members of communities. They are less likely to attend school, access medical services or have their voices heard in society.

Prejudice and discrimination mean children with disability are at higher risk of abuse, and of being excluded from receiving proper nutrition, medical care and humanitarian assistance. Through our work with our partners in the world’s poorest places, we have seen children with disabilities caught in a vicious cycle of poverty.

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CBID Fact Sheet

At CBM, we believe that the key to overcoming poverty is, to empower people, especially people with disabilities, as they are the poorest of the poor; and building inclusive communities. We envision a disability inclusive world where communities:

  • are equipped to support and include people with disabilities
  • have the skills and resources to meet their own needs, and
  • are able to plan and provide for the future themselves

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Cataracts Fact Sheet

Cataract surgery is one of CBM’s focus areas. In rural areas where hospitals are rare, CBM ensures the poorest people can still have access to affordable and adequate health care by providing mobile outreach services or arranging transport to the nearest hospital. Since cataract surgery was introduced in 1966, CBM International has performed more than 12 million cataract operations worldwide. With your support we can perform around 600,000 operations annually and help people who are blind or vision impaired be full and active members of their communities.

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