We have completed the launch of our new website. Read all about the activities of JOIN, the latest news within our network, our members, our European projects, our past Volunteer Swaps, and our working groups in an enhanced design. You can now also access our resources quickly and find everything you are looking for in one click.
JOIN members at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic
The infection rates are still rising in many countries and our members are tirelessly supporting people in various ways in these challenging times. Johanniter Austria administered vaccinations to the people in its Johanniter retirement homes; people from a variety of backgrounds came forward to volunteer for St John and formed decontamination teams that deep-cleaned frontline ambulances; Johanniter Germany provided special help to homeless people in the icy weather of early February. Our French member, the Association des œuvres de Saint-Jean, kept its hostels running during the lockdown periods and continued receiving and welcoming outpatients and families of hospitalised people. Read more here.
Johanniter International Assistance and St John foster first aid in Kenya
Kenya is facing an increasing number of natural disasters and first responders play an essential role afterwards. They are the first on the spot and provide the necessary aid. To enable them to respond better and more robust to disasters in the future, Johanniter International Assistance has started a new project together with St John Ambulance Kenya and other regional partners. The project aims to increase effectiveness and efficiency in responding to small and medium-scale disasters by 2023. Continue reading
News from the Members
Germany: Johanniter reports of Lebanese people coping with hard lockdown
Since mid-January, a hard lockdown has been in place in Lebanon. Throughout the country, people are no longer allowed to go out on the streets. A staff member of Johanniter International Assistance who lives in Lebanon spoke to several families to find out how they are coping. Read more about the critical situation here.
Italy: S.O.G.IT helps after landslide into the San Giovanni River
On Monday 8th February, a landslide broke away into the San Giovanni River, which affected the municipalities of Verbania, Cambiasca and Vignone. On the 12th, a geological consultant from the Verbania Town Council was able to view the situation from above in a helicopter. S.O.G.IT Verbania was on site. The course of the San Giovanni river has been blocked, so much that flooding has formed upstream of the landslide.
Latvia: New website
Our Latvian member has renewed its website. Read about its services such as home care, family assistance, specialized transport, humanitarian aid, youth work, their workshops, and their social cafés and care centres. In January, Svētā Jāņa Palīdzība opened the doors of the newest day care centre for people with dementia, which was established in cooperation with the Ministry of Welfare and the Welfare Department of the Riga City Council.
Poland: Joannici participated in online charity event
On Sunday 31st January, the annual Polish charity event ‘WOŚP' took place online this year. Usually, events are held in several places, amongst them Berlin, Germany. The day of concerts and shows aims to bring together the Polish community and collect money for children’s health. Our Polish member participated virtually and supported the charity initiative, which became famous with these annual Grand Finales for collecting donations. The foundation purchases medical equipment for hospitals and clinics, organises peace patrols, first aid training courses, campaigns against domestic violence and finances medical treatments.
Sweden: New Facebook page
Johanniterhjälpen launched its new Facebook page displaying the organisation’s most important information, news, pictures, and videos including all our JOIN members. Take a look at the updated page and interact with our Swedish member here.
News from Europe
EU launches program to boost preparedness for COVID-19 variants
The European Union has launched the ‘HERA incubator’ program. It aims to tackle new COVID-19 variants and rapidly develop and produce large-scale vaccines adapted to those variants. Science, industry and public authorities will be brought together within this program. Find detailed information here.