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Studies have shown that people with cataracts were poorer than controls in terms of assets, self-rated wealth and monthly expenditure than controls with normal vision (Hannah Kuper and Sarah Polack, ICEH/LSHTM)
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About CBM

CBM is an international Christian development organisation committed to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities or at risk of disability.  Founded in 1908 as Christian Blind Mission, CBM has grown into one of the world’s leading disability and development agencies and currently supports over 700 programmes in 73 of the world’s poorest countries.

An inclusive nation

Established in 2011, CBM South Africa (CBM SA) is the newest member Association of the international CBM family. Driven by its vision of  'an inclusive nation in which people with disabilities enjoy equality, dignity, services, access to opportunities and achieve their full potential', CBM SA is committed to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in the poorest communities of South Africa.

Strategic goals

  • People with disabilities have equal access to services
  • People with disabilities know and exercise their human rights
  • People with disabilities are included in the social, economic and political life of their communities
  • Development partners mainstream disability


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