BIOTRONIK Social Engagement
SERVING OUR COMMUNITY
From the Heart
Contributing to our community is a long-standing tradition at BIOTRONIK. We work with local partners in Berlin, Germany, and across the world to support long-term projects and help people in need.
Heartbeat International – Lifesaving Medical Technology
Our concern is giving people in acute need access to high-quality and life-saving medical technology. That’s why we have partnered with Heartbeat International (HBI) for many years. The globally active organization helps patients living with heart disease in the poorest countries. HBI works to provide those affected with free heart implants, saving many lives. BIOTRONIK has supported HBI’s work since 2010, donating over 5,600 implants, including pacemakers, implantable defibrillators (ICDs), as well as pacemaker and ICD leads.
Die Arche – Supporting Children in Berlin
The nonprofit organization Die Arche works with disadvantaged children and adolescents from all over Germany. Since 2000, Die Arche has worked in a former school building in the neighborhood of Berlin-Hellersdorf. Nearly 300 children and youths ranging from two to 18 years old attend every day. Children receive free warm meals, help with their homework, and participate in fun activities such as music and athletics. BIOTRONIK supports Die Arche with monthly donations and our employees donate their time at summer and winter holiday events. Together, we work to change our community for the better.
#machsbesser – an Initiative for Health and Prevention
To give a broad audience an understanding of health topics – that is the purpose of #machsbesser. In 2015 representatives from handball club Füchse Berlin, the Health Insurance Scheme AOK and BIOTRONIK originated the initiative. Every season three action days on health-relate themes are organized. The topic of cardiovascular diseases is addressed by a combination of sport and fun: BIOTRONIK supports the annual #machsbesser donation run since the initiative started. Everybody can take part in this event and go for a run with the handball professionals of the Füchse team – thus doing something for the own health and for a good cause. The proceeds of the donation run always benefit a charitable organization.
Every year, up to 150,000 Germans die of sudden cardiac death1, making it one of the most common causes of death nationwide. Worldwide approximately 6.8 to 8.5 million people are affected.2 First, ventricular fibrillation occurs, which can then lead to death within minutes if left untreated. With a cardiac massage – the most important measure to maintain bodily circulation – and the immediate use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), 90 percent of those affected can be saved.3 Since readiness to help in an emergency and the ability to work with AEDs are still limited, the "BERLIN SCHOCKT" initiative was founded by the Workers of the Samariter Bund Berlin - Arbeiter Samariter Bund (ASB) Berlin. BIOTRONIK is supporting the initiative and working together with the ASB on the joint endeavor to raise awareness. The main goal of the campaign is to register AEDs throughout Berlin in order to create the largest possible network of publicly available defibrillators. Using the "BERLIN SCHOCKT" app, these defibrillators can be located and help can be provided more quickly.
1 Dem plötzlichen Herztod vorbeugen: Defi-Technik entwickelt sich rasch weiter. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kardiologie. 2016.2 Mehra R. Journal of Electrocardiology. 2007 40(6). 3 About AEDs.Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. 2016.