Quality eye health services and social support

CBM’s inclusive eye health programs consider the holistic needs of people with disabilities, including both their need for quality eye health services and social support.

Our work aims to reduce avoidable visual impairment and blindness and ensure those who are permanently vision impaired can access the most relevant support and opportunities to live life to their full potential.

Historically, vision impairment was understood to be a treatable medical problem or health condition. This meant that the majority of eye health programs focused on prevention and cure for various conditions, especially blinding diseases. We now know that vision impairment has more than just a physical impact, it can lead to social exclusion and inequality.

Our inclusive eye health programs

At CBM, we want everyone to benefit from inclusive eye health programs. To achieve sustainable outcomes, we ensure that our projects are:

  • Integrated to national health systems and policies rather than being standalone initiatives.
  • Comprehensive from covering promotion of healthy eyes to prevention of eye diseases.
  • Curative in medical, surgical and optical intervention.
  • Enable access to rehabilitation services, utilising local government and community approaches.
  • Strengthen support for people with permanent vision impairment so that no-one is left behind.

Ensuring inclusion

There are other key areas that CBM considers particularly important to ensure inclusion, such as:

  • Understanding the impact of stigma.
  • Addressing design and accessibility barriers.
  • Consulting people with disabilities and their organisations directly​.
  • Lobbying for government and policy support​.
  • Connecting through community based programs​.
  • Ensuring barriers for women and girls are addressed​.

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