Ottobock Global Foundation

Worldwide, there are around 150 million children with a physical disability. Numerous are restricted in their movement by amputations or physical deformities. As a result, they often suffer particularly from a lack of social participation. A large proportion of them live in newly industrialized or developing countries where they have no or only limited access to orthopaedic care.

Professor Hans Georg Näder founded the Ottobock Global Foundation in 2015. It provides people in need worldwide with prostheses, orthoses and wheelchairs and is committed to better healthcare and a better quality of life for people with physical disabilities - especially for children and young people in low and middle income countries.

Help for people in need

People with physical or mental impairments are particularly vulnerable groups of society in times of emergency and conflict. Therefore, they need our focused encouragement. The Ottobock Global Foundation provides immediate and need-oriented support in conflict situations and after disasters such as floods, earthquakes or explosions.

To ensure agile and effective support, we work with specialized project partners on site. Together with partners such as “A Heart for Children” and Human Plus e.V., the Ottobock Global Foundation provided wheelchairs for children and young people from Syria and Ukraine. Through our clinical partner network, we enable care for refugees in border areas. In Ukraine, the foundation will also be involved in rebuilding the country's care infrastructures.

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Orthoses and prostheses for disadvantaged children and young people in Peru

The Diospi Suyana Missionary Hospital in the Peruvian Andes provides medical care for the poor, mainly indigenous population from southern Peru. The Quechua Indians are still affected by ethnic persecution and social discrimination.

The Ottobock Global Foundation supports the provision of orthoses and prostheses for children and young people in the orthopedic technology center of the hospital. This is the state's first orthopedic technology workshop and gives local access to assistive technology for around 500,000 people.

The German orthopedic technician master Christian Haupt takes care of the professional fitting. He moved to Peru with his family in August 2021 to volunteer with his expertise in the improvement of healthcare. The construction and the ongoing operations of the hospital are exclusively financed by donations.

Prosthetic components and wheelchairs for children in Uganda

An estimated 14.000 amputations are performed annually in Uganda. Due to political conflicts, widespread poverty and a limited health care system, professional orthopaedic care is hardly accessible to many affected people – there is a lack of medical facilities, qualified personnel, equipment and funding.

The Ottobock Global Foundation is therefore cooperating with Pro Uganda e. V. to improve prosthetic care and quality of life in the East African country. The association set up an orthopaedic workshop, in which more than 1.000 people already got a professional treatment and various trainings took place. The foundation donated prosthetic components and materials for children. It also covered the transport costs of 116 wheelchairs donated by Ottobock to Pro Uganda. The wheelchairs are used for training and distributed to health institutions.

500,000 EUR for victims of the flood disaster in Germany

Ottobock Global Foundation and Prof. Hans Georg Näder support affected families

Rainfalls in Germany in July 2021 have caused devastating damage. Places have been cut off from the outside world, houses have been washed away and people lost their lives. Due to its geographical situation, the Ahr Valley was severely affected. In order to provide immediate relief there, the Ottobock Global Foundation and the Näder family donated a total of 500,000 EUR for families who are facing special challenges due to the mental and physical disabilities of relatives.

The Bundesvereinigung Lebenshilfe e.V. made the funds available to affected families in cooperation with the state associations of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia and Lebenshilfe Ahrweiler. Even months after the flood disaster, many families continue to live in a state of emergency. The financial donation from the Ottobock Global Foundation and the Näder family provided relief for a total of 46 families with relatives with disabilities in this extraordinary situation. The remaining funds will also benefit the affected Lebenshilfe institutions.

More than 100 wheelchairs for Beirut

Provide immediate assistance with the shipment of more than 100 wheelchairs: (from left to right) Annette Otte and Florian Grewe from the ZUFALL logistics Group as well as Oliver Jakobi, CSO of Ottobock, and Karsten Ley, Chairman of the Board of the Ottobock Global Foundation. Ottobock and regional logistics partner provide emergency relief. 

The devastating explosion in Beirut injured more than 4,000 people. Together with the Ottobock Global Foundation, the internationally active medical technology company Ottobock, based in Duderstadt, Germany, is providing emergency relief and sending more than 100 wheelchairs to Beirut. “The people need our support quickly now. The majority of the population in Lebanon lives in Beirut. So almost every family is affected by the disaster”, says Prof Hans Georg Näder, owner of Ottobock, about the humanitarian aid. The responsible Chief Sales Officer (CSO) Oliver Jakobi adds, “Local medical care is particularly important now. Together with the German logistics partner ZUFALL, our team made it possible to deliver aid in a short time. I would like to thank everyone involved in this.”

The Ottobock Global Foundation coordinates the joint project. “As a first step, the Ottobock site in Königsee will provide wheelchairs that we will ship to Beirut. We will then talk to aid organisations on site to find out to what extent further fittings, especially with prostheses, are necessary”, says Chairman of the Board Karsten Ley. Since 2015, the Ottobock Global Foundation has been particularly supporting children and young people in disaster areas. 

As a long-standing partner of Ottobock, the German logistics partner ZUFALL is responsible for shipping the wheelchairs. “This tragedy also deeply affects us at ZUFALL, which is why we are very happy to support the relief action,” explains Florian Grewe, Head of Marketing. His colleague Annette Otte, Head of the Sea freight department, adds, “The wheelchairs are loaded into a container at our logistics centre, transported to Hamburg and shipped from there. Due to the closure of the port of Beirut, shipping will take place via the port of Tripoli, Lebanon, about 80 km away. The transit time is expected to be 10 days.”

Children in need ‒ Help for Syria

A bloody civil war has been raging in Syria for a long time, which has claimed around half a million victims. The large number of medical supplies for the refugees, some of whom are seriously injured and traumatised, poses a particular challenge for the authorities and aid workers. Especially for children who have suffered injuries during the war and while fleeing, quick and expert help is urgently needed to prevent consequential damage to their physical and mental development.

For several years now, the Ottobock Global Foundation has been active in the Syrian-Turkish border region to provide injured refugee children with prostheses, orthoses and wheelchairs.

When caring for the children, the Ottobock Global Foundation attaches great importance to being able to clearly trace which people have been cared for where and when. The members of the Board of Directors visit the facilities at regular intervals and talk to partners and patients in order to ensure even more targeted care. Ottobock Turkey is an important partner in this project.

A heart for children ‒ Project Syria

The Ottobock Global Foundation donated wheelchairs for disabled children and young people as part of the ZDF gala “A Heart for Children”. The organisation Human Plus e.V. , a project partner of “Ein Herz für Kinder”, had registered a need.

“It is a matter close to my heart to help children in need. Many boys and girls have suffered serious injuries in the war, are traumatised and depend on aids. It is important that we support them and do not leave them alone in their need”, Näder explains his commitment.

The Ottobock Global Foundation has already handed over twelve wheelchairs to children in Syria, and another twelve will be given to boys and girls in the Ukraine.

A heart for children ‒ Project Ukraine

As a former Soviet state, Ukraine theoretically promises free health care for every citizen. The reality, however, is completely different: The budget deficit, economic crisis and lack of reforms have meant that health care is free only on paper. This presents families with disabled children with enormous challenges.

As already tested in the Syria project, the partners Ein Herz für Kinder, Human Plus e.V. and the Ottobock Global Foundation have therefore launched another project for children and young people from the greater Kiev area. Here, too, the focus was on the supply of adapted and in some cases made-to-measure wheelchairs. A total of 12 children and young people were provided with aids.

A heart for children ‒ Help for Rabat

The Ottobock Global Foundation supported Bild “A Heart for Children” as an active partner in the implementation of an aid delivery for children and young people in Morocco. The health care system is well developed compared to other African countries. However, medical care for the urban population is much better than for the rural population. Nevertheless, many families with mobility-impaired children find it very difficult to provide them with appropriate aids. The Ottobock Global Foundation and Bild “A Heart for Children” also cooperated in this project to make electric wheelchairs available to children and young people.

Organs of the foundation


Julia Näder
Board Ottobock Global Foundation
Dr. Berit Hamer
Board Ottobock Global Foundation
Karsten Ley
Board Ottobock Global Foundation

Supervisory Board

Prof. Hans Georg Näder
Chairman of the Supervisory Board/Founder of the Ottobock Global
Prof. Dr. med. Axel Ekkernkamp
Supervisory Board and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory BoardOttobock Global Foundation
Oliver Jakobi
Supervisory Board Ottobock Global Foundation
Prof. Dr. med. Bernhard Greitemann
Supervisory Board Ottobock Global Foundation

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