CBM’s mission in Kenya is to work with all parts of society to address avoidable disability, and to create an enabling environment in which all persons with disabilities have access to professional medical services, to quality education, to livelihood opportunities, are socially included and are empowered to drive change.
To implement this mission, CBM works with persons with disabilities, their families, local and national partner organisations, alliance partners including UN agencies and global non-governmental organizations. The emphasis of CBM’s work is on local capacity development to increase service delivery in the fields of healthcare, education, rehabilitation and livelihood development.
In order to implement programmes that ensure the inclusion, participation and benefit of people with disabilities in their communities, CBM has developed solid, long term partnerships with a wide network of partners. Partnership offers foundation for long-term, sustainable and quality service provision as well as local ownership of the programmes.
Prevention of Blindness / Eye Health Care Programmes
CBMs work in eye health involves working through partners around the country as well as the Government. CBM supports the Kenya National Eye Care Plan in disease control (Cataract, Trachoma, Glaucoma, Childhood Blindness, and Diabetes).
CBM is also committed to human resource development at all levels of the health care structure. Additionally, the organisation supports appropriate technology; the capacity development of partners and local procurement agencies to provide essential materials and equipment for medical eye care programmes. Since 1998, CBM has put a heavy investment into the establishment of low vision services in Kenya through developing clinical, educational and rehabilitative supporting structures (comprehensive low vision services). Comprehensive low services are now being increasingly taken over by respective government ministries. CBM supports district eye care planning under the umbrella of VISION 2020.
Special needs education programmes
CBM puts resources towards the running of Special Needs Schools supporting educational materials, classroom adaptation and pre-vocational training.
In previous years, CBM together with the Government established Educational Assessment and Resource Centres (EARCs) for the early identification, assessment, intervention and placement of children with special needs.
Orthopaedic surgery, workshops & physical therapy programmes
CBM promotes a comprehensive approach towards orthopaedic services; surgery, rehabilitation and assistive devices. In this area, we are working alongside the Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) a key strategic partner which remains in the forefront of ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities and the necessary comprehensive care are maintained through their mobile outreach and nine branch offices.
Additionally, CBM continues to work in close collaboration with AIC Cure Children’s Hospital, a high quality, orthopaedic, surgical, rehabilitation and training unit on the outskirts of Nairobi.
Two current priorities in our work are the development of a more cohesive network of implementing partners providing through community networks, early identification, referral, pre-operative, post-operative and community follow-up; as well as the support for the ongoing research and design developments of mobility aids and appliances.
Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programmes
Working within the WHO CBR matrix, CBM with its partners, aim to reinforce the CBR guidelines and how their implementation can be best effected into programme activities. This is aligned with the current Government approach to community based rehabilitation.