Corporate Social Responsibility
Bringing the Light of Life to Those in Need
The name Lumenis originates in Latin and means Light of Life. As the world-renowned expert in developing and commercializing innovative energy-based technologies, light is central to our technological innovations, but also a symbol of our mission to improve the lives of people with medical and cosmetic conditions.
Lumenis is committed to supporting medical community leaders as they reach out to patients in need – no matter where they live – to bring them the life-changing benefits of minimally invasive procedures. In just the past year, Lumenis has provided technology and resources to help undeserved and underprivileged populations across the globe.
Welcome to the Lumenis Cares Foundation
Our mission is to support projects dedicated to supporting independence, physical and environmental well-being in various fields including healthcare, education, employment, equal opportunities through charitable sponsorship and activities.
Launched in November 2019, the Lumenis Cares Foundation is aiming to raise awareness and support for meaningful causes affecting the everyday working world, including but not limited to Global Healthcare and Education. To continually connect people with worthy causes, which support education and quality of life. Helping those who aim to help others, in fostering an environmentally friendly, and healthy world in which to live and work.
The Lumenis Cares Foundation are proud to support the charity Street Child.
Street Child support children in some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. Areas where sanitation, PPE and other vital resources to battle COVID-19 are very scarce. Members of the Lumenis Cares Foundation are taking on a 30KM walk on 2nd August 2020 to raise money for this great cause. 35€ could provide a hand-washing station enabling 150 people to access water to wash their hands and reduce the risk of infection. 55€ could provide vital supplies of disinfectant, masks, soap and sanitiser to a community of 250 people enabling them to protect themselves and help prevent the spread of the virus. 120€ could pay for a trained COVID-19 worker to support three communities for one month, communicating urgent life-saving messages about prevention and protection as well as providing psychological first aid for children and adolescents affected by the pandemic.
The Lumenis Cares foundation are aiming to raise funds to support this charity, and any donation, however large or small, will go a long way towards helping Street Child to SAVE LIVES.
Throughout July 2020 Street Child continued to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic across its 14 countries of operation by intensifying its interventions that focus on child education and protection and livelihoods, while continuing to carry out essential coronavirus awareness-raising activities. With schools having been shut for up to five months, it is fundamental that efforts are scaled up to support children back into learning, be it remotely or through supporting schools to become COVID-safe environments, to prevent education drop-out. Without access to the safe space that schools provide, children are also increasingly vulnerable and facing heightened protection risks, and, as such, Street Child’s protection work is now more necessary than ever, with our teams working hard to implement innovative, remote approaches to provide children with much-needed services. Additionally, economic recovery is central to empowering communities and safeguarding their futures, and Street Child has thus escalated its efforts to support the livelihoods of the vulnerable people it serves.
Street Child’s COVID-19 protection response continued to expand across Balkh, Badakhshan, Herat and Kunduz provinces, with interventions including psychosocial support services, case management services for unaccompanied and separated children, and specialised services such as interim care and family tracing and reunification for children at severe risk of exposure to exploitation and violence. The charity also continued to provide protection services in the Balkh and Kabul prisons and pivoted to providing remote learning for 3,500 children in Uruzgan.
In collaboration with its local partners, Street Child is continuing to grow and diversify its response work to reflect the need as restrictions are lifted. With schools reopening to allow students to sit exams, the charity distributed COVID-19 kits including thermometers, soap, handwashing stations, face masks and hand sanitiser to 30 densely populated schools to ensure the safety of their pupils. Street Child also supported 22 women with training and basic income-generating starter packs to combat the economic impact COVID-19 has had on their livelihoods.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ebenezer Ministry International (EMI), Street Child’s core partner in DRC, supported 648 children by distributing government-designed paper-based learning booklets to support the content being taught by teachers in small group teaching sessions. Efforts to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission also continued, with 30 handwashing stations being installed and 2,000 posters with key prevention information being distributed in areas affected by the Uvira floods.
Around the globe
In Haiti, Lumenis is supporting the efforts of the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti and Dr. Mitchell Humphreys of the Mayo Clinic to provide relief and prevent potentially life-threatening complications in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) patients using the VersaPulse PowerSuite family of Holmium and Dual Wavelength lasers.
In Russia, China and Vietnam, Lumenis worked with acclaimed Dr. Rox Anderson of Harvard Medical School to treat children suffering from burn injuries. Children at the Pediatric Hospital No. 9 in Moscow were treated using Lumenis’ UltraPulse SCAAR FX CO2 laser. Lumenis donated the laser system to the hospital and Dr. Anderson trained the local doctors so that more children could be helped in the future. Similar missions with Dr. Anderson were carried out in China and Vietnam where over 300 children were healed.
In St. Lucia, where glaucoma affects nearly 9% of the population over the age of 30, Lumenis worked with Dr. Tony Realini of West Virginia University to help reduce preventable blindness using the Selecta II SLT laser. Lumenis has also collaborated with the Wills Eye Institute to provide SLT procedures to undeserved patients in Philadelphia.
In the United States and Israel, the Lumenis HOPE campaign is helping wounded soldiers gain access to advanced burn treatment with the UltraPulse SCAAR FX CO2 laser. The Company is committed to doing its part to ensure that Veterans wounded in battle receive the best medical care possible, regardless of their ability to pay.
In India, Lumenis and Aravind Eye Care System, a social organisation committed to the goal of elimination of needless blindness, are collaborating to evaluate the effect of Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, a painless laser application, in minimizing glaucoma progression in India.
In Africa, Lumenis has collaborated with Right-to-Sight – a non-profit organization registered at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, to Join fight to eliminate preventable blindness in Africa. “Glaucoma is responsible for up to 20% of the preventable blindness cases in Africa, yet there is less than one ophthalmic surgeon per one million inhabitants across the continent,” said Dr. Kate Coleman, ophthalmic surgeon and founder of Right-to-Sight. “Furthermore, standard medical treatments such as prostaglandin-analogues are largely unavailable, difficult to store at correct temperatures, and often cost more than a local monthly wage. Right to Sight, together with Lumenis, believes that glaucoma in Africa must be addressed as a matter of urgency in view of the recent statistics from the IOVS survey, and in order to alleviate the plight of the millions of individuals in Africa who unnecessarily lose their eyesight to glaucoma,” added Dr. Coleman.
In Armenia, Lumenis supported a successful mission to treat children with burn injuries. The mission, led by R. Rox Anderson, MD, Director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine and Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School, was designed to provide immediate access to treatment for patients in need, but also to help local medical leaders establish a sustainable burn injury care network in Armenia.
The Lumenis UltraPulse®, the most powerful CO2 laser system for scar evision procedures, with the unique SCAARFX mode, was used in the mission. It has also been used in similar humanitarian initiatives in Russia, China and Vietnam, and is considered the standard of care for treating soldiers injured in battle, for example in the VA hospitals in the USA.
In Haiti, Lumenis is supporting the efforts of the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti and Dr. Mitchell Humphreys of the Mayo Clinic
Dr. Rox Anderson treats children suffering from burn injuries with Lumenis’ UltraPulse SCAAR FX laser system