ZEISS wants to make modern medical treatment accessible to as many people as possible. Through cooperation with German and international aid organizations such as the Christian Blind Mission (CBM) and Mercy Ships and helping people to help themselves through training, ZEISS contributes to the improved medical support of people in all regions of the world.
One person goes blind every five seconds. With access to medical advancements, four in five cases could be prevented.
ZEISS has been supporting the "VISION 2020 – The Right to Sight" initiative since 2002. The goal: to improve medical treatment in economically weaker regions, and conquer preventable blindness by 2020. VISION 2020 is a worldwide initiative led by the World health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
ZEISS has been supporting the VISION 2020 Initiative for many years. Under the premise of helping others to help themselves, ZEISS has financed four diagnosis, therapy and training centers for ophthalmology in three regions around the world over the past year. At these centers, doctors are trained to use the latest systems, so that eye diseases can be diagnosed and treated using state-of-the-art, reliable technology.
2013 – IAPB Center of Excellence Latin America, Asunción,Paraguay
2008 – Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College in Moshi, Tanzania
2006 – University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria
2005 – Cicendo Eye Hospital in Bandung, Indonesia
As a project partner, ZEISS has been supporting the Christian Blind Mission (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 Christian Blind Mission (CBM), raises awareness of the importance of vision, the causes of preventable blindness and the situation of the blind. ZEISS has been supporting the event since early 2002.
Week of Vision
Annual CBM Action Week
Experience shows: In the economically weaker regions of the world, training can have a direct positive influence on quality of life. As a partner of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), Medical Technology from ZEISS supports the ICO Fellowship Program. This scholarship program aims at supporting particularly talented up-and-coming eye care professionals from economically weaker regions.
Access to good ophthalmic care all over the world is not only morally correct, but also an economically sound investment. Every euro that goes to saving eyesight somewhere in the world ensures economic growth and pays for itself many times over. Following cataract surgery, patients regain their independence and can integrate themselves into society and professional life.
Helping others to help themselves: 85-year-old Mateika Martinez (left) was one of the first patients in the training center in Paraguay. Following cataract surgery, she can see again and share her handcraft skills with the next generation.
* PriceWaterhouseCoopers, on behalf of the CBM, 2013, Investing in Vision.
On-board medical treatment: for people from the poorest regions of the world, the hospital ships of the Mercy Ships medical organization are a blessing. ZEISS has been supporting their work for several years.
Mercy Ships is an international Christian organization. It pursues the goal of improving access to healthcare around the world.
Through cooperations with universities, ZEISS Medical Technology brings microscopy into dentistry training. Thus, the student dentists are shown the practical benefits of microscopy in dentistry in concrete terms – for example in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania.