Humanitarian Action

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Humanitarian Action


Make a difference and ensure the protection and safety of people with disabilities, so no one is left behind or excluded in an emergency response.

Current Emergency – Papua New Guinea

A Papua New Guinea government official has told the United Nations that more than 2,000 people are believed to have been buried alive by last Friday’s landslide and has formally asked for international help.

The government figure is roughly triple the U.N. estimate of 670 killed by the landslide in the South Pacific island nation’s mountainous interior. The remains of only five people had been recovered by Monday, local authorities reported. It was not immediately clear why the tally of six reported on Sunday had been revised down.

In a letter to the United Nations resident coordinator dated Sunday and seen by The Associated Press, the acting director of the country’s National Disaster Center, Luseta Laso Mana, said the landslide “buried more than 2,000 people alive” and caused “major destruction” in Yambali village in Enga province.

cbm has a strong track record of responding to emergencies, working with local hospitals and organisations for over 100 years to provide life-saving aid to people with disabilities and helping rebuild lives and communities. We’re regularly asked to train and support other humanitarian organisations, helping ensure that the support they deliver reaches people with disabilities and other marginalised people. 

When disaster strikes, people with disabilities are among those most vulnerable. Please pray for people affected by this devastation and donate now to support cbm’s emergency work across the world.

Your gift will help to provide urgent support for people with disabilities who are struggling in poverty and emergency situations. You will be providing live-saving essentials like food, water, hygiene products, blankets, medical kits and emergency shelter. Gifts will be prioritised for cbm’s response with any surplus funds used where the need is greatest.

Other Areas – The Pacific

Local Partner: The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) and members:

  • The Cook Islands Disability Council (CINDC)
  • Nuanua-O-Le-Alofa (NOLA) in Samoa
  • Naunau o’e Alamaite Tonga Association (NATA)
  • Tonga National Visual Impairment Association (TNVIA)
  • Lavame’ata’e’iloa Association in Tonga


The Pacific is at the front lines of climate change, facing increasing severity and more frequent occurrence of natural disasters, rising sea levels and other climate-related challenges. Since 1950, natural disasters have directly affected more than 3.4 million people and led to more than 1,700 reported deaths in the Pacific region, with affected countries ranking amongst the highest number of people affected per number of inhabitants.

The remoteness of many Pacific Island communities makes persons with disabilities living in such communities at higher risk of the impact of natural disasters.


The Pacific Disability Forum, the umbrella organisation of Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPO) in the Pacific Region, is supported to develop and implement a regional disability inclusive humanitarian strategy with their members in the region. With specific focus, this programme assists organisations of persons with disabilities in The Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga to develop disability inclusive humanitarian preparedness and response strategies for their respective countries.

This programme will ensure that people with all forms of disabilities and their representative bodies are included in the planning, design, implementation and monitoring & evaluation of humanitarian action.

The long term vision of this programme is strengthened resilience of persons with disabilities and their families in disaster preparedness, response and recovery in the Pacific Region. The overall aim is that disaster preparedness, response and recovery will be inclusive and accessible for persons with disabilities.

Emergency Alliance. A single, trustworthy way to make an impact.

cbm is proud to be a founding member of the Emergency Alliance. The Emergency Alliance is a simple and effective way for New Zealand donors to help in an international humanitarian emergency.

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