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Citizens’ Festival of the Federal President 2022

B. Braun presents its engagement in Africa

Protecting and improving the health of people around the world is the
vision that has driven the medical technology company B. Braun,
based in Melsungen, Germany, for 183 years. However, the conditions for doing so vary greatly throughout the various regions of the world. At the German President’s Citizens’ Festival on August 26th and 27th in the park of Bellevue Palace in Berlin, the company will be presenting how B. Braun promotes access to better healthcare in structurally poorer countries in Africa.

The Citizens’ Festival focuses on the importance of civic involvement for a strong civil society and cohesion in our country. On the first day of the festival, the Federal President will extend a personal invitation to citizens who have made a special contribution to our civil society. All interested parties are welcome to attend the second day, the Open Palace Day on August 27th, 2022. The concept also includes initiatives, organizations and companies presenting their social involvement.

 

As part of the event, B. Braun was invited to present the company’s various social initiatives. Under the motto “Sharing Expertise with Africa”, the focus will be on the company’s various activities aimed at building infrastructure and healthcare in Africa. These include development cooperation, city partnerships and – in particular – the training and qualification of medical personnel. Among other things, B. Braun has worked with partners in Senegal and Kenya to develop a bachelor’s degree program in applied biomedical technology. The goal is to be able to jointly train medical professionals at a high level in order to improve healthcare in this region.

Active in Africa for more than 60 years

B. Braun has been active in Africa for more than 60 years with local partners and over time has established its own subsidiaries in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Zambia, in some cases with production facilities for medical and pharmaceutical products. Dialysis centers for the treatment of patients with chronic kidney failure are also part of the local portfolio.
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“We want to make good healthcare accessible to all and improve it demonstrably.”

Anna Maria Braun, B. Braun CEO

"As a company, we are taking advantage of our opportunities to invest responsibly and promote development in structurally weak regions. But we need to join forces. Improving access to healthcare also requires the many volunteers who contribute at B. Braun and in our communities. Being able to present this joint effort to a larger audience at the German President’s Citizens’ Festival motivates and encourages us in our actions,” says B. Braun CEO Anna Maria Braun.  


On the first day of the Citizens’ Festival, around 15 citizens nominated by B. Braun who work on a voluntary basis will be guests of the German President. They exemplify a large number of people who, through their personal dedication, help to solve social challenges together and – in the case of B. Braun – to protect and improve people’s health. In this way, B. Braun would like to thank them for their special commitment.

 

You can see a practical example of our commitment in Africa here. Good technical equipment and qualified staff make everyday life easier at a dialysis clinic in Cameroon.

More information about the civic festival, the program and admission can be found at https://www.bundespräsident.de/buergerfest-2022.

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