Health care promotion

ZEISS raises the bar in health care by offering solutions for ophthalmology and medical technology, and helps drive medical progress by supplying microscopy products. The aim is to help improve the lives of patients everywhere.

Moreover, through a variety of projects the company makes financial donations and in-kind donations in the form of ZEISS instruments and solutions to provide many people around the globe with access to high-quality medical care.

Scholarship recipients of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)

ZEISS has been supporting the scholarship program of the ICO Foundation since 2012. The scholarships enable young ophthalmologists from developing and emerging nations to spend time working at hospitals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where they can expand their knowledge of modern ophthalmology and later apply it in their home countries. The ICO has conferred 840 scholarships since 2000. Since 2012, ZEISS has financed six of the scholarship students.

VISION 2020 – Conquering Preventable Blindness by 2020

In 2002, ZEISS became the first corporate sponsor for the initiative “VISION 2020 – The Right to Sight.” The goal of VISION 2020 is to enhance the standard of medical care in the world’s poorest regions. The objective is to defeat preventable blindness by 2020 and to enable everyone in the world, particularly the 246 million suffering from curable blindness, to enjoy better vision.

With its expertise, material donations, the personal commitment of employees and tailored solutions, ZEISS is helping to make high-quality and affordable treatment of ophthalmic disorders available to people around the world. VISION 2020 is a global campaign managed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

Back to Bush and Cape York eye health campaigns in Australia

In 2006 ZEISS launched the Back to Bush program with the goal of providing better access to surgical equipment in disadvantaged regions and therefore enabling better treatment outcomes for the diseases prevalent there.

The Back to Bush program comprises two parts: the first is to provide refurbished ZEISS surgical microscopes and other equipment to needy medical centers in outback Australia and Oceania. Customers can trade in their old ZEISS microscope and further equipment when purchasing a new ZEISS microscope, meaning they benefit from all the latest major technology advancements while making a substantial contribution to improving the quality of patient care in their region.

The second goal of the program is to supply surgeons in Australia and New Zealand with high-quality portable surgical microscopes for use during missions. The new portable, table-mounted ZEISS surgical microscope is therefore a valuable tool for doctors during missionary visits to remote, indigenous areas.

In fiscal year 2014/15, ZEISS in Australia donated ZEISS products to the Cape York Eye Health program. The program offers its services in optics and ophthalmology for people living in remote communities on the Cape York peninsula in Queensland.

ZEISS in Brazil: donating systems for ophthalmology

In fiscal year 2015/16, ZEISS in Brazil donated a ZEISS surgical microscope and a ZEISS slit lamp to the association Médicos da Floresta, thus granting the local population access to eye care. A total of just under 480 treatments and 30 cataract procedures were performed on local populations.

In fiscal year 2015/16, ZEISS in Brazil presented a ZEISS optical biometry product to Japanese students from Keio university who were conducting research into short-sightedness, or myopia, among Brazilian children.

In fiscal year 2015/16, ZEISS in Brazil donated ZEISS ophthalmology products to Napra (Núcleo de Apoio À População Ribeirinha da Amazônia). The aim is to offer training to both students and specialists in the Amazon region.

Training centers help others help themselves

As part of the initiative VISION 2020, ZEISS has been sponsoring four diagnosis , treatment and training centers for eye care since 2005. In line with the motto “Help others help themselves,” not only are the training centers being used to pursue the aim of providing access to state-of-the-art medical technology in developing and emerging countries, but spaces are also being created where healthcare providers are taught to use modern medical technology and can then apply their knowledge.

The centers are located in Bandung (Indonesia), Ibadan (Nigeria), Moshi (Tanzania) and Asunción (Paraguay). Now there is a fifth eye care center of this kind: the Shaheed al Fadhel Maz Center in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, opened in March 2016.

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Long-standing partnership with Christoffel Mission for the Blind (CBM)

The Christoffel Mission for the Blind (CBM) is an international Christian aid organization that aims to improve the quality of life of the poor and people with disabilities. Together with ZEISS, the organization enables doctors to treat people even in the poorest regions of the world. As a project partner, ZEISS has been supporting the CBM for many years at events and with material donations for eye care projects in Africa, Asia and South America.

The Week of Sight, an annual event co-organized by the CBM, raises awareness for the importance of vision, the causes of preventable blindness and the situation of the blind. ZEISS has been supporting the event since early 2002.

Collaboration between ZEISS and Mercy Ships

On-board medical treatment: for people from the poorest regions of the world, the hospital ships of the Mercy Ships medical organization are nothing short of a blessing. ZEISS has been supporting these missions for several years, for example by deploying ZEISS surgical microscopes, which doctors use on the ships to treat patients, most of whom are children. Eye and the spine surgeries are particularly common.

Mercy Ships is an international Christian organization. It pursues the goal of improving access to healthcare around the world. In addition to operations for people who would not be able to afford such procedures otherwise, Mercy Ships offers further training for local eye surgeons and ophthalmologists.

For perfect vision right from the start: promoting training in dentistry

ZEISS works with several universities in an effort to illustrate the practical benefits of microscopy in dentistry. One example of this is the collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, where ZEISS equipped a number of workstations with surgical microscopes for dentistry in March 2013. Once they achieve their doctorates, students here are educated in root canal treatments during their academic further training programs. ZEISS also supports the international training programs of the University of Pennsylvania, which improve the quality of treatment with training programs around the world, for instance in Korea, Japan, India and Germany.

The Flying Eye Hospital for better vision

In collaboration with the non-governmental organization ORBIS International, ZEISS is committed to the cause with a Flying Eye Hospital for the prevention of blindness, visual impairment and eye diseases in developing countries like Ethiopia and Bangladesh. The Flying Eye Hospital has been equipped with a ZEISS surgical microscope. It consists of a laser diagnostics tool, an operating room and a training room, which provides local doctors with space for further training and practical applications.

ZEISS in Canada supports World Sight Day

ZEISS in Canada is a Silver National Sponsor of the event “Optometrists Giving Sight,” which is held in coordination with World Sight Day. The aim is to draw public attention to the topic of blindness and visual impairment once a year. The event is coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness under the direction of the VISION 2020 global initiative. ZEISS employees in Canada regularly campaign by collecting donations, organizing breakfast days, hot dog days and organizing lotteries and other contests.

Australia: Donations for ophthalmic optics

In fiscal years 2014/15 and 2015/16, ZEISS in Australia donated eyeglasses to a variety of charitable organizations. The aim? To help enhance eye care in underprivileged parts of the world.

In order to raise awareness for preventable blindness, in fiscal years 2014/15 and 2015/16 ZEISS in Australia sponsored the photo competition “One Day For Sight” run by the Sight for All initiative. ZEISS donated one of its camera lenses as one of the top prizes.

Research and teaching for breast cancer in the USA

Each year, the Microscopy business group in the USA makes a donation to the organization Breast Cancer Think Tank, Inc. The charitable organization promotes research and teaching for breast cancer through talks.

Blood drives for employees in India

ZEISS employees in Bangalore took part in a voluntary blood drive in 2016, donating more than 70 units of blood. The campaign was based on a collaboration with Rotary Bangalore TKK Blood Bank, which provides blood banks and transfusion services for hospitals and patients in and around Bangalore.

Enhanced treatment options thanks to ZEISS in Mexico

In fiscal year 2015/16, ZEISS in Mexico donated a ZEISS laser system to the Asociación para evitar la ceguera en México (Association for the Prevention of Blindness, APEC). The aim is to conduct educational seminars in which the hospital joins forces with national and international ophthalmologists to treat corneal ectasia (corneal deformations). Here, doctors discuss current treatment options and apply the latest techniques.

In fiscal year 2015/16, ZEISS in Mexico also provided financial support to the National Institute of Rehabilitation (INR) in Mexico City. The donations help enhance the standard of medical care for patients by preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases.

Participation in Wiener Augentag (Vienna Sight Day)

In Austria, ZEISS supports the annual Vienna Sight Day and deploys ZEISS demo systems and staff at an open house. The aim is to raise awareness about eye diseases and inform the public about them.

Collaboration with the DKMS

As part of a campaign that ran over several days in early October 2015, ZEISS assumed the registration fees for the German Bone Marrow Donor Center (DKMS). With a simple cheek swab, employees were able to join the Donation Registry free of charge with a view to being a potential bone marrow donor and perhaps even saving lives.