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13 Oct 2017 description
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The MAHITA ophthalmology unit is dedicated to the children with visual impairment. CBM is supporting the refurbishment of the entire ophthalmology service and provides equipment for the theatre surgery, the patients’ ward, the waiting room, and the outpatient dispensary.

The opening of the MAHITA Pediatric Eye care and Training project

02 Oct 2017 description
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Hurricane Matthew - One year later

Over the last 12 months, since Hurricane Matthew, CBM and partners have been working to ensure that persons with disabilities and other more at-risk community members in Haiti and Cuba are able to rebuild their lives.

21 Apr 2017 description
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Following the devastating earthquake of 25th April 2015, CBM, with partner organisations, has been working to ensure that everyone in the affected communities - including persons with disabilities - benefits from and participates in relief and recovery work. We have implemented emergency programmes in partnership with 9 local partners covering 17 districts affected by the earthquake.

Background information

04 Apr 2017 description
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Six months after Hurricane Matthew, CBM response is ensuring that persons with disabilities and other more at-risk community members in Haiti and Cuba are able to rebuild their lives.

Most powerful storm in ten years

01 Dec 2016 description
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Mental health in Nepal

21 Apr 2016 description
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Since the earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April 2015, CBM, with partner organisations, has been working to ensure that everyone in the affected communities - including persons with disabilities - benefits from and participates in relief and recovery work. One year on, we have reached more than 25,000 people in the worst-hit districts.

15 Mar 2016 description
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The start of a new partnership

A man, standing, addressed a group of people in a meeting room ©CBM Dr. Paul Tingwa, former Director General in the State Ministry of Health and Sanitation - Jubek State, addressed the guests at the signing ceremony.

23 Feb 2016 description
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Partner background

CBM was one of several partners who contributed to this ground-breaking global collaboration, working in Pakistan with the College of Ophthalmology and Allied Visions Sciences, Lahore, to map prevalence of the disease across 4 districts of Punjab province and 2 districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) province.

12 Dec 2015 description

Saturday, Dec. 12, is Universal Health Coverage Day, or UHC for short. This year, Handicap International drafted a joint statement, signed by 19 other organizations active in rehabilitation, highlighting the vital need to not just define rehabilitation in the context of UHC, but to discuss rehabilitation and include rehabilitation within global health planning. The joint statement follows:

21 Oct 2015 description
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Since the earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April, CBM, with partner organisations, has reached more than 21,000 people in the worst-hit districts.

We are providing access to medical and psychosocial rehabilitation and support, and working on many levels to ensure that mainstream relief is disability-inclusive. In this process, we are using the knowledge and resources of Nepalese Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs), and working in close cooperation with other humanitarian agencies through the coordination mechanisms set up in the country.

09 Sep 2015 description
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CBM publishes its Neglected Tropical Diseases Report 2015

CBM’s work with NTDs

23 Jul 2015 description
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Since the earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April, CBM, with partner organisations, has reached more than 15,000 people in the worst-hit districts.

To ensure that everyone can access relief with equal ease, including the most at-risk groups such as persons with disabilities, we are using the knowledge and resources of Nepalese Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs), and working in close cooperation with mainstream relief agencies through the coordination mechanisms set up in the country.

24 May 2015 description
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Since the earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April, CBM, with partner organisations, has reached more than 3000 people through outreach camps in some of the worst-hit and least-accessible districts.

We are using the knowledge and resources of Nepalese Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs), and working in close cooperation with the coordination mechanisms set up in the country, to ensure that not only our response but those of mainstream relief organisations are inclusive of persons with disabilities.

28 Apr 2015 description
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What happened?

On 25th April 2015 at 11:41 local time a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, with the epicentre 81km northwest of Kathmandu. There were tremors of up to two minutes and by evening, at least 18 aftershocks had been felt. 24 hours later, after a 6.7 magnitude tremor, 65km East of Kathmandu, the Government reported over 2,200 deaths and 5,800 injured people. The number of casualties is expected to increase further as information is collected.

How is Nepal responding?

26 Apr 2015 description
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On 25th April 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, close to Kathmandu, the capital city. The number of casualties is currently 700-1000 and expected to increase.

CBM has been in contact with our staff on the ground, who are safe, and we are now trying to reach all partners.

CBM contacting staff and partners

On 25th April 2015 at 11:41 local time a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, with the epicentre 81km northwest of Kathmandu. There were tremors of up to two minutes and by evening, at least 18 aftershocks had been felt.

31 Mar 2015 description

• People with disability and older people may face significant barriers to accessing assistance in the wake of Cyclone Pam.
• In line with International Human Rights Law, the UNCRPD , SPHERE standards, and guidance from IASC clusters , they have the need and right to be included in emergency relief, recovery and longer term development activities, with their specific vulnerabilities and needs taken into account.
• Failure to consider these groups may result in potential exclusion of at least 20% of the affected population.

04 Mar 2015 description
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The first accessible, para-seismic, hurricane-proof school building in Haiti – the Pazapa Centre – was inaugurated on February 27, 2015 in Jacmel.

School premises in Pazapa

23 Feb 2015 description
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Dr. John Mattia is one of two practicing Ophthalmologists in Sierra Leone and also the medical director of two hospitals in Sierra Leone supported by CBM, namely; Lowell & Ruth Gess United Methodist Church Eye Hospital (Kissy) in Freetown and Baptist Mission’s Eye Hospital in Lunsar. In this interview Dr. Mattia speaks about the Ebola Sensitisation Project run by the hospital, and the progress made in educating the public about this debilitating disease.

What is the Ebola Sensitisation project about?

12 Dec 2014 description
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It has now been about nine months since the Ebola outbreak started in Guinea. CBM partner organisations in Guinea and Sierra Leone – 2 of the 3 most affected countries – have scaled down their activities. The loss of local staff and the risk of insolvency of their institutions are among other negative effects. By extension, tens of thousands of people who depended on them for health, and other social services are no longer getting the services they require leading them to deeper poverty.