Who will care for the disabled in conflicts?

CBM is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world. CBM has Member Associations raising funds and awareness of disability issues in ‘industrialised’ countries worldwide. In lower-income regions of the world, CBM strives to build the capacity of partner organisations. This is all done following proven core values and with more than 100 years of experience in the field of disability.

When disasters/conflicts happen, CBM, with its partners, can identify people living with disabilities among the affected population and meet their immediate needs of food, water, shelter and healthcare. After the initial emergency response, CBM remains in the affected area to support, plan and develop long-term programmes that promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities into all aspects of community life such as: Access to health care and rehabilitative services; Access to livelihood programs; Access to education and vocational training and finally advocacy to ensure the voices of persons living with disabilities are heard and their needs are acted upon in planning and reconstruction.