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CBM International

CBM Ireland is a member association of CBM International. Working together with other member associations and partners gives CBM a global reach.

For example in 2012, CBM, together with its 624 partner organisations, supported 714 projects in 73 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Member Associations

There are currently 11 CBM Member Associations (MAs) providing the vital link between persons with disabilities in the poorest communities, and people that have the interest, capacities and resources to help.

CBM Timeline

1908 - Founded by Ernst Jakob Christoffel, who builds a home for blind and other persons with disabilities and orphans in Turkey.

1925 - Christoffel opens another home for persons with disabilities in Iran.

1966 - First CBM-supported cataract operation is performed in a hospital in Kabul/Afghanistan.

1967 - Start of projects in Ethiopia, Tanzania and India; CBM remains highly active in these countries to this day.

1972 - Programmes in South America start with a CBM-supported project in Peru.

1989 - WHO recognises CBM as a professional organisation.

1999 - Together with other NGOs and WHO CBM, initiates "VISION 2020: The Right to Sight", a global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness by the year 2020.

2002 - CBM receives advisory status for the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

2002 - CBM Ireland is established

2003 - First international lobbying initiative starts with a permanent office in Brussels.

2003 - Together with other NGOs and WHO CBM, initiates "WWHearing", a global initiative for promoting better hearing through provision of affordable and appropriate hearing aids and services.

2004 - The leadership of CBM reviews our global strategy and sets the framework that defines the direction of the organization in the next century.

2007 - November 27 marks the start of centennial celebration together and with partner organisations, donors, supporters and friends by the CBM Family.

2008 - CBM celebrates 100 years of commitment and expertise. We fully embrace our mandate as a development organisation, and are dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world. CBM aims to reach many more people in years to come. We will do this by building on our current successes, strengthening our partnerships and learning from the people we work with.

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