Your partner for eye surgery aid projects
The aim of the platform is to collect used and no longer used ophthalmic surgical instruments and devices, repair them and make them available to physicians for ophthalmic surgical operations abroad. The used but fully functional equipment for ophthalmic surgery is collected, checked and repaired (if necessary) at the Geuder headquarters in Heidelberg.
Product donations for use abroad
Companies, eye clinics and eye surgeries from all over Germany can deliver their product donations to us. We then provide our extensive repair and service expertise free of charge to bring the donated product back to a condition where it is fit for use abroad. Thereafter ophthalmologists can request the materials for their aid projects. Geuder assumes responsibility for the free shipping of instruments and equipment within Germany.
We cooperate with the German Committee for the Prevention of Blindness to ensure that product donations are used meaningfully over the long term. Its medical members have worked for many years in numerous eye care projects abroad and can request equipment donations from the platform. Our cooperation with the German Committee ensures that the aid assistance arrives where it is needed and is successfully used for a long period. By becoming a member of the German Committee you too could apply for equipment for your aid project abroad and benefit from the long years of experience of the committee doctors. The patron of the platform is Prof. Dr. med. Gerd U. Auffarth, Universitätsaugenklinik Heidelberg.
Future plans foresee the provision of local technical support. The lack of local technical expertise often means that aid equipment ceases to be used after a short time because of faults that could be very easily repaired. Including technicians in the aid projects should help prevent this. Currently intensive preparation is going on for the establishment of a technical competence centre for maintenance and repair of ophthalmic devices in Lomé, Togo. A technician could be at work for the first time as early as this year.
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Help for the blind in Tanzania
Dr. med. Winfried Grasbon, an established ophthalmologist from Pfaffenhofen (Germany), has been travelling to Tanzania regularly since early 1991. On these trips he visits between one and three hospitals to perform eye surgery. As well as donation by the general public, the action also receives further support from within the industry. We are very proud to be able to support Dr. Grasbon in his work. We spoke with Dr. Grasbon about his work and motivation prior to the DOC Congress 2015 in Leipzig.
Read more! Follow the link for the full interview: Interview Dr. Grasbon, May 2015