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Social Engagement: Access to State-of-the-Art Medical Technology

ZEISS wants to help make state-of-the-art medical care accessible to as many people as possible in regions that lack adequate facilities, and is therefore supporting projects that aim to enhance the level of care for people in underprivileged parts of the world. A key element of our social engagement is supporting the training and continuing education of doctors and medical professionals.

Diagnosis, treatment and training centers

help for self-help

Training Center

In line with the motto “help for self-help” ZEISS has been providing medical care to people in underprivileged regions since 2005 through five diagnosis, treatment and training centers for eyecare.

At these centers, doctors are trained in the use of modern instruments to diagnose and treat eye diseases using reliable, state-of-the-art technology.

In order to provide economically weak regions with medical care, ZEISS has formed sustainable partnerships with international organizations such as the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the Christoffel Mission for the Blind (CBM).

  • 2016 – Shaheed a Fadheel Maz Center (Khartoum, Sudan)
  • 2013 – IAPB Latin American Center of Excellence (Asunción, Paraguay)
  • 2008 – Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College (Moshi, Tanzania)
  • 2006 – University College Hospital (Ibadan, Nigeria)
  • 2005 – Cicendo Eye Hospital (Bandung, Indonesia)
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Special training centers

for targeted training in cataract surgery

Logo Christian Blind Mission (CBM)

©CBM/Fundación Visión

In 2018, ZEISS began funding the establishment of phaco training centers, i.e. dedicated training centers for cataract surgery:

  • 2019 – Phaco training center at the H.V. Desai Eye Hospital (Pune, India)
  • 2018 – Phaco training center at the IAPB Latin American Center of Excellence (Asunción, Paraguay)

At these special training centers, ophthalmologists and medical professionals are trained in the use of the state-of-the-art phacoemulsification technique. Phacoemulsification is the step where the eye’s natural lens, which has become clouded due to cataracts, is shattered using an ultrasound device and then sucked out. An artificial lens is then placed inside the empty capsular bag.

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ICO Fellowship

Training as key to good medical treatment

ICO Fellowship

Since 2001, the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) has been enabling young doctors from developing and emerging nations to do stints at hospitals in Europe. This scholarship program aims to support particularly talented up-and-coming eye care professionals from economically weak regions.

During placements lasting several months at hospitals equipped with modern tools, doctors can improve their skills in ophthalmology and later harness the knowledge gained for their work in their home countries.

ZEISS sees the ICO Fellowship Program as a valuable, responsible and particularly effective further training initiative for these doctors and has funded 8 scholarships since 2012.
 

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Equipment donations

for nonprofits worldwide

patients in the training center in Paraguay

Alongside further training and continuing education, the key to delivering good medical care can also be found in supplying technical equipment to hospitals and medical practices. By donating equipment, ZEISS is going some way towards supporting nonprofits that campaign to improve medical care worldwide.

Here are some examples:

  • 2019 – Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
  • 2018 – YWAM Medical Ships Kona (Kailua-Kona, USA)
  • 2018 – Primary Ear Center Nepal (Siraha, Nepal)
  • 2018 – humedica e.V. aid project (Afghanistan, Pakistan)
  • 2017 – SolidarMED aid project (Lugala, Tanzania)
  • 2017 – CBM aid project for the Ivory Coast
  • 2017 – Eye Hospital (Tororo, Uganda)
  • 2017 – ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital (New York, USA)
  • 2017 - Dhulikhel Hospital (Kathmandu, Nepal)

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