Mission: To provide comprehensive services for persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world.
Programs: Cbmi's employees and partners overseas provide aid to children, women, and men with visual, hearing, physical and mental disabilities. We support doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and community-based rehabilitation workers. Cbmi also provides mobility devices like wheelchairs and walkers and artificial limbs. Cbmi implements rehabilitation, education and microfinance programs to improve the quality of life of people living with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world.
spans 025: cbmi's comprehensive mobility support project seeks to improve the quality of life of a person with disabilities in poorer areas by providing wheelchairs, user training and delivery services. Cbmi is 1)providig wheelchair training workshops in line with world health organization guidelines in zimbabwe, 2)building the capacity of 40 rehabilitation workers(physical therapists and rehabilitation technicians) in hospital rehabilitation departments and rehabilitation centers to ensure good posure to increase function and to reduce secondary health complications, and 3)engaging in advocacy initiatives for the inclusion of wheelchair users in community activities.
spans 023: cbmi provides people with disabilities, including victims of war and violence, in democratic republic of congo with better access to appropriate assistive devices, like wheelchairs and walkers, and other orthopedic interventions, like artificial limbs and physical therapy. Cbmi provides community-based rehabilitation programs which help integrate people with disabilities into their communities.
ntd: cbmi establishes self-help centers for people with lymphatic filariasis and provides micro-finance opportunities in affected areas across haiti. Usaid haiti: cbmi works with disabled people's organizations and the government of haiti to achieve the following results: 1)increased public awareness on the rights and needs of people with disabilities, 2)strengthened organizational capacity in key managment areas of organizations, disability service providers and networks working in support of people with disabilities, and 3)increased knowledge and skills of disabled people's organizations to assess the accessibility of the built environment and provide recommedations for improving access. Services include extensive training in key managment areas, mapping of the location, services, and specialties of all organizations and service providers for people with disabilities, developing a coordination plan, awareness campaigns, and small grants to disabled person's organizations. Ntd envision: envision is a project funded by the u. S. Agency for international development (usaid) aimed at providing assistance to national neglected tropical disease (ntd) control programs for the control and elimination of seven targeted nyds: lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, three soil-transmitted helminths (roundworm, hookworm, whipworm) and trachoma. Envision's goal is to contribute to the global goal of reducing the burden of targeted ntds so that they are no longer a public health problem.
We worked for CBM for 10 years (1989-1999). Half of that time was spent in Africa and the other half at the US headquarters in Greenville, SC. I am very proud of the work that CBM did then, and continues to do now. The ministry is extremely effective and CBM continues to be a great steward of the resources God provides.