Social Responsibility

Support of scientific, educational and social institutions worldwide

Social Responsibility

For more than a hundred years, ZEISS Microscopy has been supporting scientific, educational and social institutions and programs worldwide, based on the principles of the Carl Zeiss Foundation as set out by Ernst Abbe in 1896.

Commitment to fight tuberculosis

Tuberculosis kills around two million people each year and is an increasing danger for those in less developed countries around the globe. At ZEISS Microscopy, the battle against these types of diseases dates back to Robert Koch’s groundbreaking discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the pathogen that causes tuberculosis (TB). Robert Koch used a microscope from the workshop of Carl Zeiss in his studies. TB is curable if correctly diagnosed and microscopy is still the method of choice for detection. However, budgets and access to microscopes are limited in many of the most affected countries.

In cooperation with the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ZEISS Microscopy has developed Primo Star iLED - a dedicated microscope for the reliable diagnosis of tuberculosis, even in areas without a power supply. In cooperation with FIND, ZEISS offers Primo Star iLED at a reduced price to public health services customers in countries with high burden of TB.

As a member of the Stop TB Partnership, ZEISS Microscopy is joining the collective force transforming the fight against TB in more than 100 countries. The Stop TB Partnership housed by the World Health Organization (WHO) is leading the way to a world without tuberculosis. Their vision of a TB-free world is our vision too.

A strong partnership – sustainable and passionate

In addition, ZEISS Microscopy is directly supporting aid and health agencies globally to ensure access to effective diagnosis of tuberculosis. Programs to have recently received microscopes are:

Morija, a non-profit organization working in Burkina Faso, Togo, Chad and Cameroon,
Projekt Regenzeit e.V., an association dedicated to helping and protecting Latin America’s rainforest and its indigenous people,
The German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association (DAHW), a non-governmental organization that focuses on the needs of those with leprosy, tuberculosis and other socially excluding diseases and handicaps, and
Malteser International, a relief agency for humanitarian aid with over 100 projects annually in some 25 countries throughout Africa, Asia and the Americas on emergency relief after disasters and support recovery efforts.

Primo Star microscopes by ZEISS are constantly deployed to aid and support educational initiatives and community outreach programs around the globe. Recent projects include support of a community outreach program in South Africa with microscopes and samples organized by the Centre For Bioprocess Engineering Research (CeBER, University of Cape Town).