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Social Responsibility: Axonlab supports Mercy Ships and the rodania foundation

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  • 19. November 2019
  • Written by Axon Lab AG
  • Corporate

This year, instead of client gifts at Christmas, Axonlab is supporting two non-profit organisations: the international Mercy Ships organisation as well as the Swiss foundation rodania in Grenchen.


Humanitarian aid for more than 40 years

Mercy Ships was founded in Switzerland over 40 years ago. Today, Mercy Ships is an international organisation whose mission is to use hospital ships to make more than 1500 free surgical and 8000 dental procedures accessible every year to the poorest people in developing countries who cannot afford them.

From Central America to Africa

In 1978, Mercy Ships acquired its first ship, the former passenger ship M/S Victoria. In the following four years, the ship was converted with the aid of numerous volunteers into a hospital ship and rechristened with the name Anastasis (resurrection). Its first humanitarian use took place in Mexico in 1987 and thereafter, medical help was offered in the Caribbean.

In 1990, Mercy Ships travelled with the hospital ship to the place where it was originally intended to go – the Anastasis went to Africa for the first time. Since then, the humanitarian aid of Mercy Ships has been concentrated on the African continent, due to the enormous needs.

A railway ferry becomes a hospital ship

The current ship, Africa Mercy, is a converted former railway ferry and it has been used since 2007. Four hundred volunteers ensure that medical procedures for the neediest persons can be performed in the 5 operating theatres. In addition to providing assistance on the ship, Mercy Ships also supports the local healthcare system through training and infrastructure projects.

The ship is alternately stationed in various African countries – currently in Dakar, Senegal until June 2020.

Maxillofacial surgery

Axonlab currently supports Mercy Ships in the neck and maxillofacial surgery project. In this programme, surgery helps give children with a cleft lip and palate – or adult patients with a benign facial tumour – access to a changed life. Thanks to the support contribution from Axonlab, children and adults get a chance for surgery on board the Africa Mercy. For example Paul Pascal, read his story

Because of this programme, nearly 500 surgeries have been able to be performed to date.

Fulfilment of a social mission also with our Christmas card

Axonlab is also supporting a social institution with this year’s Christmas card. The card was created by residents of the rodania foundation. For more than 30 years, the foundation has supported and provided care for adults with mental and multiple disabilities – into old age.

The Grenchen Employment Centre for People with Severe Disabilities (Beschäftigungsstätte für Schwerbehinderte Grenchen) was founded in 1984 and over the years, it grew into an institution with two residential homes with a total of seven residential groups as well as an external residential group for adults who present the greatest challenges with regard to support and care due to their disability. An external residential group for residents with a greater degree of independence is also part of the foundation. Today, rodania is home to 75 people.

With this year’s support at Christmas, we are pleased to provide help where it is urgently needed and thus further our social commitment for the benefit of those less fortunate.


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