Ottobock Global Foundation

Some 150 million children around the world live with a physical disability. Many of these children have suffered amputations or were born with deformities. They live in emerging or developing countries, where they have little or no access to orthopaedic treatment. The consequences for children and teenagers, who are still growing, are particularly severe. On top of the disability itself, the children frequently suffer from secondary damage – which could be avoided were they to receive targeted medical treatment and be fitted with medical devices. Psychological damage is also often left untreated. Moreover, mobility aids for children and young people who are still growing have to be adjusted annually and replaced when necessary.
After the 2002 European floods, Professor Hans Georg Näder initiated a relief campaign called "Giving hope – living hope" for people in need. This grew and developed into a commitment to help people in need around the whole world.

 

In 2015, he founded the Ottobock Global Foundation. The primary focus of the foundation is to fit children and teens around the world with prostheses, orthoses and wheelchairs. It also focuses, however, on providing professional training for O&P professionals in developing countries.

 

The Ottobock Global Foundation continues the work of the Otto Bock Foundation which was established in 1987. It initiates and supports projects and individual fittings around the world. Hence the Ottobock Global Foundation is committed to the "Children in need – Relief for Syria" project, as well as to a relief aid project established in 2015 for victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

 

Although the Ottobock Global Foundation is independent, it draws on Ottobock HealthCare's international network as well as that of its partners. This makes it possible to support and coordinate relief projects all over the world in a particularly efficient and cost-effective manner. The Ottobock Global Foundation attempts to do justice to the large number of requests it receives, investigating and assessing each enquiry on an individual basis.