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Monthly Newsletter
April 2020
News from the Network
JOIN Family thanks all health care workers

On the 7th April, we celebrated World Health Day and the work of all nurses and health care personnel who help to ensure that everyone everywhere gets the health care they need. In a joint video message, we send a big “Aitäh, Danke, Dziękuję, Dank je wel, Grazie, Muito obrigado, Kiitos, Köszönöm, Merci, Tack, Grazzi, Tak, Paldies, Σας ευχαριστώ, شكرا لك Thank you“ to all nurses and health care workers from the whole JOIN Family. Continue reading

COVID-19 Support

Our members work at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide essential care and support. All across Europe, our members are taking various measures to help people in these difficult times: from caring caller schemes over support with supplies like food and medicine, online nursing courses for relatives, kits for makeshift masks, providing information in different languages to staffing and strategy support to the national health service. Only to mention a few. Read updates about what our members do to support the public here.

Volunteer Swap
Impact of the pandemic

The current COVID-19 pandemic has a profound impact on everyone. People are advised to avoid big events and gathering as well as travels especially. Our Volunteer Swap program is right at the centre of this and several opportunities are affected. All volunteers who already registered for a Swap opportunity: please visit our website where we update all opportunities regularly and inform you about postponements and cancellations.

News from the Members
Germany: Johanniter supports special financial benefits for COVID-19 related work

During the corona pandemic, many people work in essential areas under challenging conditions and are also at high risk of infection. That is why employees, politicians, unions and employers are discussing special payments for this special mission. Johanniter Germany advocates rewarding employees in relevant professions with tax benefits as a suitable solution. This would be immediately noticeable for the employees and would not put an additional burden on long-term care insurance funds or companies. Read more (in German) here.

News from Europe
EUvsVirus Hackathon

From 24th to 26th April, the European Innovation Council (EIC) hosted a pan-European hackathon in collaboration with the EU Member States to connect civil society, innovators, partners and investors in order to develop innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges. Over 2,150 answers were submitted and winning’ solutions in each challenge area are announced on Thursday, 30th April at 11:00 (CET) during an #EUvsVirus online award ceremony aired here. Foundations, investors and health providers will be part of a new EIC Covid platform to ensure that the best ideas are turned into real solutions to fight against coronavirus and its consequences. Read more here.

European actions to face the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is testing healthcare systems around Europe. European countries are sending medical teams and treating critical patients from other states. Austria, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland are taking patients from Italy, France and the Netherlands. Germany and Luxembourg are lending their air ambulances, pilots and specialised staff to neighbouring countries. Romania, Germany and Poland send teams of doctors to Italy. Read more here.

Emergency call for deaf and hearing-impaired people

What do you recommend deaf people in an emergency? The recast of the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) was officially adopted in December 2018. This brought considerable improvements for deaf end-user and other end-users with disabilities, regarding the accessibility of emergency communications and the single European emergency number 112. Member States have until 21st December 2020 to adapt their national laws to comply with the Code, if needed. For more information, contact the JOIN Office.

World Earth Day

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of the World Earth Day. Under this year’s theme ‘climate action’, a demonstration for more action from global leaders took place entirely online. Human health and planetary health are inextricably linked and protecting one means protecting the other.

European Projects
Register to the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Network

The EMS Network of the iProcureSecurity project is an information hub where practitioners and other relevant stakeholders from the Emergency Medical Services sector in Europe can discuss important areas of capability gaps. The objective is to set the ground for a future conception of new technological solutions. The members of the EMS Network can connect online and create various public and private groups and run conversations. Register here to become a member.

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