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Kwemal, 55, and Maina, 24, are a mother and daughter living in Vanuatu. Both are deaf. Like most countries in the Pacific, Vanuatu has no formal and shared sign language. Without a formal sign language, Kwemal and Maina communicate through some basic home sign and lip-reading. Outside of their community, few people know they are deaf...

CBM Australia’s new report Leave No One Behind: Mobilising for Inclusion calls for sustained action and investment in disability inclusion in our international aid program. The report lays out evidence and case studies that spell out the importance and benefits of ensuring people with disabilities are intentionally included in development efforts and align with the ambition of the Pacific Framework...

My name is Wadud. I’m forty years old and live in Saidpur. When I was one year old I had typhoid and became deaf. Growing up, it was not possible to communicate with other children; that was the main barrier I faced. When I was five years old my parents took me to school. I could not hear or...

Who is she? She is a wife, a daughter, a beloved member of her community. She is a woman with hopes and dreams. And she is filled with love and joy at the prospect of becoming a mother. She is Merina. She is at risk of fistula. And she needs your help. Today there are 500,000 women in...

What is a fistula?  A fistula occurs when an unborn baby’s head puts too much pressure on a mother’s maternal tissues, cutting off the blood supply. The tissue dies and leaves a hole, or fistula, which causes urine and sometimes faeces to leak uncontrollably. The main causes of fistula are extreme poverty and the low status...

Merina was filled with love and joy as she was about to become a first-time mother. She was hopeful for the future of her child, her husband and her growing family. As the due date was getting closer, she became more nervous and silently concerned for the health of her baby. Merina was nervous because in her country having a baby...

This year, as we do every year, CBM travelled to Canberra to ensure that disability-inclusive development remains on the agenda for Australian decision makers. 'Disability-inclusive development' in practice looks like people with disabilities contributing to and benefiting from the development of their communities on an equal basis with others. As a Christian organisation, CBM regards...

CBM is an ardent supporter of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). We work with individuals, civil society organisations, Disabled People’s Organisations and governments around the world to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are recognised, upheld and actively supported in the communities in which they live. Articles...

Earlier this week, Edwina Faithfull-Farmer, CBM Australia International Programs Director, attended the launch of Ridley College’s new Aid and Development Unit. The Unit has been developed in partnership with World Vision Australia and has been designed to help Christians studying theology to understand the value of development and why “Jesus calls us to help people that are poor”,...

Today is ‘R U OK’ day, a national campaign which aims to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life. It’s time to check in with colleagues, friends and family members and ask if they are OK. Listen to their response and don’t just take ‘fine’ for an answer. Offering...