openPR Logo
Press release

Sustainable Initiative

09-06-2012 11:16 AM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH

Sustainable Initiative

Sustainable Initiative

Otto Bock Foundation: Education Project in Haiti Started

After a long wait, the education project in Haiti supported by a donation campaign of the Otto Bock Foundation has finally started; 32 students have begun their online studies in "Prosthetics and Orthotics" at Don Bosco University in San Salvador, which provides medical technical knowledge via Internet for Central and South America. The Otto Bock Foundation is financing the training of six students who have already worked more than two years at an orthopaedics centre in Léogâne run by the Johanniter International Assistance and learned the trade of orthopaedic technician.

"The goal of our campaign "Children in Need – Aid for Haiti" was not only to provide immediate assistance for the victims of the earthquake, but also to train orthopaedic technicians who will remain to work in the country," said Karl Heinz Burghardt, chairman of the independent Otto Bock Foundation. This sustainable initiative is hugely important because the children's prostheses must be continually adjusted or replaced as they grow. "We are pleased that this will be made possible by the education project and the donations can be used in the country to make a difference," said Burghardt.

One component of the distance study program is that the students continue to work in the organisations that sent them and are supported and instructed there by their tutor, an internationally experienced orthopaedic technician. In this way, they complete part of the practical training in their respective organisation. For the theoretical part of their training, the distance learning method described as "blended learning", an interactive Internet site was set up. The students can share issues in forums, ask questions, and discuss with others. In addition, there is learning material in the form of CDs and videos as well as texts and images that can be printed out.

During the entire training period, the students have an expert from Don Bosco University available as a contact person. In addition, regular practical and theoretical training is offered in seminars in Port-au-Prince. The curriculum includes modules for prosthetics and orthotics and units on human anatomy and biomechanics. At the end of each module, the students take a practical and an online theoretical test. They have to answer questions within a certain time limit without consulting the Internet. In the practical test, they produce a transtibial prosthesis, for example, which is then evaluated by local technicians.

The six students financed by the Otto Bock Foundation have been waiting a long time for the chance to start their training. Although they certainly already knew many things from their work at Johanniter International Assistance, they still have to learn a lot to succeed in the demanding programme with the internationally recognized ISPO CAT 2 certificate. The young people are aware that they are being offered a unique opportunity to have a positive impact on their own future and that of their country.

The Otto Bock Foundation has defined its commitment in Haiti as a long-term project that will remain the focus of its activity. Projects such as training orthopaedic technicians, fitting seven children with arm prostheses in 2011 and various donations of materials, etc. will continue to be supported in the future.

Caption:
The six students Fabiola, Wilguens, James, Guirna, Jean Holdson and Jean Gerard have begun their studies financed by the Otto Bock Foundation in the Johanniter International Assistance organisation in Léogâne.

Ottobock - Technology for People
Otto Bock HealthCare helps people maintain or regain their freedom of movement with innovative products. Founded in Berlin back in 1919, the medical technology company has become a global market leader in the field of prosthetics. Other business units include orthotics, Mobility Solutions with wheelchairs, seating systems and child rehabilitation devices as well as, since 2006, neurostimulation. The activities of the global company with sales and service locations in 44 countries are coordinated from the head office in Duderstadt, South Lower Saxony. Professor Hans Georg Näder, the grandson of company founder Otto Bock, took over the management of the family company from his father Dr. Max Näder in 1990 and carried on as the third-generation CEO ever since.
Further information: www.ottobock.com

Karsten Ley,
Director Corporate Communication
Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH, Max-Näder-Str. 15, 37115 Duderstadt
Phone: +49 (0) 5527 848-3036, Fax: +49 (0) 5527 848-3360
Email: karsten.ley@ottobock.de, Internet: www.ottobock.com

This release was published on openPR.

Permanent link to this press release:

Copy
Please set a link in the press area of your homepage to this press release on openPR. openPR disclaims liability for any content contained in this release.

You can edit or delete your press release Sustainable Initiative here

News-ID: 231408 • Views: 1693

More Releases from Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH

World Record: 1002 Kilometres Nonstop
Manfred Putz (Ottobock Handbike Team): "Anything is possible if you just do it" Wheelchair driver and extreme athlete Manfred Putz now (since early on September 22, 2013) holds the world record: He rode a handbike 1002 kilometres since starting on Friday morning at 10 o'clock, with only two one-hour breaks to eat. To put this incredible performance into perspective, remember that a marathon of 42.195 kilometres is considered a long distance.
red dot awards for Ottobock
Awards for three product designs Ottobock impressed the 37 experts of the jury at this year's "red dot award: product design 2013" with its sport prosthesis, 1C63 Triton Low Profile prosthetic foot and Patella Pro knee orthosis. Among a total of 4,662 entries, these medical technical devices were selected both for their innovative concept and their high design quality. The award ceremony for the internationally recognised seal of quality will be
Ottobock expands its production and logistics site in Duderstadt
Investments of 35 million euros from 2013 to 2015 The family-owned business based in Duderstadt, Lower Saxony (Germany), is planning extensive expansion of its production in the areas of Prosthetic Feet and Socket Technologies and of the central logistics hub for its 49 foreign branches located throughout the world. The German global market leader for technical orthopaedics will invest 35 million euros from 2013 to 2015 in around 20,000 square metres of
Ottobock receives four awards at once
Company receives iF design awards Three Ottobock products received an iF product design award 2013, namely the knee orthosis Patella Pro, the Michelangelo Hand and the back orthosis line Soft Backs. In addition to that, the jury awarded the medical technology company an iF communication design award. Ottobock employees accepted the awards on Friday, 22 February 2013 at the BMW Welt in Munich, Germany, which is where the

All 5 Releases


More Releases for Foundation

PRINCE2® Foundation Certification Training Pune | PRINCE2® Foundation Certific …
PRINCE2® (Projects IN Controlled Environments) certification is recognized worldwide for its practice-driven approach to project management. PRINCE2® is a Project Management Methodology. The methodology includes the management, control, and organization of a project. Vinsys is conducting PRINCE2® Foundation Certification Training in Pune on 18-19-25 And 26 August 2018. The purpose of the foundation level is to confirm you have enough information and understanding of the PRINCE2® method to be able to
Hyper IgM Foundation Research Grants:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 05, 2018. The Hyper IgM Foundation is proud to announce the availability of seed grant funding for researchers interested in the advancement of a cure for Hyper IgM Syndrome and primary immunodeficiency disorders. The intent of these grants is to accelerate scientific work focused on improving the treatment, quality of life, and long-term outlook for patients with Hyper IgM. Special consideration will be given to well-defined projects
vWIN foundation goes online
Venous World Inter-university Network (vWIN) foundation was created by Sergio Gianesini, Oscar Bottini and Yung Wei Chi, three vein specialists from the University of Ferrara (Italy), Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina) and the University of California Davis (USA), respectively. vWIN as three main aims: Scientific research & meetings Humanitarian missions Social and Sport activities promoting public venous & health awareness The first rationale of the foundation is the improvement of the scientific knowledge about the
openAPC Foundation e.V. has become Associate Member at Eclipse Foundation
April, 2011 (Dresden, Germany) Since March 2011, the openAPC Foundation e.V. has become “Associate Member” at the Eclipse Foundation. The openAPC Foundation e.V. in Dresden, Germany is using the Eclipse Public License (EPL) as open source license for free available Advanced Process Control (APC) software solutions. APC software is used to reveal process deviations and to increase process stability, i.e. during production and manufacturing processes. “Right from the start of the
Alpha Foundation Specialists of Florida Expands Foundation Repair Business
Alpha Foundation Specialists of Florida Expands Foundation Repair Business Tallahassee, FL - Local foundation repair contractor company, Alpha Foundation Specialists of Florida, teams up with the international Foundation Supportworks network. Alpha Foundation Specialists, a locally owned and operated foundation repair contractor serving the northern Florida and south Georgia area, is growing. They’ve been selected to take up the Foundation Supportworks (FSI) banner in their area, and have joined this contractor network that
DreamSpring Joins The Symbian Foundation
Gold Coast, Australia, 14 July 2009 — DreamSpring, a specialist in innovative smartphone software, announced its new status as a member of the Symbian Foundation, the creator of an open platform for smartphones. DreamSpring today announced that it has joined the Symbian Foundation, which, together with its ecosystem, is creating the most proven, open and complete mobile software platform. The platform is based on Symbian OS and software assets contributed by