Since inception, significant changes have occurred in the organization. A small organization, which began with a few volunteers, has grown into an institution that has over 162 full-time employees and several hundred community volunteers. The projects of IFB has gained national and international recognition and helped to indicate our commitment to eradicate preventable disability from rural Bangladesh. IFB takes its commitment to the disabled poor extremely seriously and recognizes that the disabled have an important role to play in their community's development.
During the last two decades the disability situation has undergone a substantial change globally due to international initiatives supporting the UN declared World Decade of Disable Persons. However, the light of these is yet to reach many millions of disabled people living in rural Bangladesh.
It is estimated that about 10% of the total 139 million people of Bangladesh are disabled, of which half a million are multi-handicapped including 3 million children. The total figure of disability is increasing with population growth and ageing. Disability on this scale represents not only a major health issue but also a prime cause of poverty and underdevelopment.
Prevention of avoidable disability through simple interventions with existing knowledge and technology can be one of the most cost-effective means of poverty reduction in the developing world.