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. Its main focus is the worldwide supply of children and young people with prostheses, orthoses and wheelchairs. One major project is currently "Children in Need - Help for Syria".

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.

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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.


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Commitment by tradition

Julia Näder is the eldest daughter of Hans Georg Näder and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Ottobock Global Foundation since the beginning of 2018. With her social commitment, the 28-year-old business economist continues the long tradition of the Näder family. Her grandparents, Max and Maria Näder, were already particularly committed to helping socially disadvantaged children. Julia Näder shed light on the background to the company's commitment to the 100-year anniversary in the book project "Futuring Human Mobility".


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You can support us this way:

Help us to provide injured children with aids and thus give them back independence and quality of life. Every donation counts. Donations instead of gifts. For the next festive occasion, instead of gifts, make a donation for "children in need".

From a donation amount of 200 Euro you will receive a donation receipt. Please let us know your address. For amounts below this amount, the remittance slip is sufficient for presentation to the tax office.

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Ottobock Global Foundation
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IBAN: DE55 1007 0000 0937 0370 00


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