Release of 'European First Aid for 5 to 7 years old'
On World First Aid Day - the 11th of September - JOIN released its newest publication called 'European First Aid for 5 to 7 years old'. The booklets comprise a set of two stories for children, playfully introducing them to basic concepts of first aid, along with a 'Guidance for teachers and instructors'. The materials promote the importance of early first aid training in preventing injuries and saving lives. Free download in many languages on www.firstaidjoin.org. Read the press release here.
New Chancellor of the Order of St John
On 8th September, Dr Gillian Willmore was installed as new Chancellor of The Most Venerable Order of St John
at the Priory Church in London. She is the first woman in this role and also the first female Great Officer of the Order of St John. Chairman Johannes Bucher represented JOIN at the ceremony. Dr Robert Brandstetter, CEO of Johanniter Austria, was admitted as a Commander into the Order for his ongoing support for international cooperation between JOIN members. Continue reading
News from the Members
Germany: Johanniter expands support following drought in Kenya
On 8th September, the President of Kenya officially declared the drought in parts of the country a national disaster. Around 2 million people are affected. Johanniter International Assistance has been supporting the people in north-eastern Kenya for many years in improving agriculture and better preserving food. The staff and volunteers have expanded their activities due to the drought. Together with their local partner organisation and Malteser International, food vouchers and water will be distributed, and food to animals as well as medical treatment will be provided. Read more here.
Germany: Johanniter continues support in Afghanistan
Johanniter delivered urgently needed medicines and dressing materials to its medical facilities in Badghis, in western Afghanistan. This will ensure basic medical care for around 55.000 people by the end of the year. Medical needs in the project region have risen sharply in recent months, with more than 300 patients coming to the health stations every week. Read more here.
Hungary: Johannita at a family event during the visit of the Pope
On 11th September, our Hungarian member participated in a family day organised within the framework of the Eucharistic Congress in Budapest as the Pope visited Hungary. The family event was held on Margaret Island, where Johannita was present with a tent. The staff and volunteers provided medical coverage of the event and gave an introduction to basic first aid practices to visitors of all ages. About 20.000 people participated in the event giving Johannita an opportunity to promote itself.
Sweden: Johanniterhjälpen supports the Lidingöloppet race
On 25th and 26th September, our Swedish member provided medical coverage at the Lidingöloppet race. Johanniterjhälpen offered first aid, including automatic external defibrillators (AED) for the approximately 60.000 participants at the 30 kilometres cross-country running event. Usually, this event is part of the JOIN Volunteer Swap program, where volunteers can join the team of our Swedish member in securing the running course through the picturesque nature of the Lidingö area, close to Stockholm.
The Netherlands: Johanniter holidays are possible again
From 11th to 17th September, our Dutch member organised an assisted holiday for people who cannot travel independently may it be due to age, illness, a disability, or financial restraints. After taking all necessary COVID-19 measures, the guests enjoyed a week at a wellness hotel in the Netherlands together with the Johanniter volunteers. Our Dutch member has organised these holidays for almost seventy years within the country and can now resume this as one of its main activities. The following Johanniter holidays will be held in October and November. In addition, two holidays are planned around Christmas and New Year's Eve for people who live alone and like to have company on the holidays. Continue reading
News from the Volunteer Swap
New swap opportunity in Siegburg, Germany
Volunteers from all JOIN members have the opportunity to care for elderly people in Siegburg, a city in central Germany. Tasks include visits to isolated or lonely people, computer smartphone and tablet training, transportation services, e-bike tours and Nordic Walking courses to ensure physical fitness for everyone. Games, various kinds of crafting workshops as well as language practice in Dutch and English are also part of this programme. Volunteers will be accommodated and provided with food free of charge. Find out more about this opportunity here.
First swap of 2021 at the Rantamaraton in Finland
From 18th to 19th September, the annual Rantamaraton took place by the seaside of Espoo City. Our Finish member was supported by two volunteers from St John Ambulance in England, who travelled to Espoo from the Bristol area. Together, the team of 21 people provided medical coverage and first aid to the runners and spectators.
Berlin Marathon: Johanniter from all over Germany and Austria on duty
On 25th and 26th September, Berlin hosted its annual marathon and biggest sporting event after last years' break due to COVID-19. With almost 400 helpers from all over Germany and Austria, Johanniter ensured the safety of over 25.000 runners along the 42.195 km course. All participants, whether on the running course or in the spectator area, could rely on receiving immediate help in case of a health problem. Since the skater marathon was also organised alongside the runner marathon, the operation lasted the entire weekend. Continue reading
News from Europe
WHO publishes strategy for health and sustainable development
The Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development has published its strategy for health, drawing from the lessons learned in the COVID-19 response and previous crisis. In its final report, the World Health Organisation makes recommendations aiming to achieve seven key objectives to prevent future health crises of global scale. The objectives include addressing the divisions exacerbated by the pandemic, investing in national health systems, and improving health governance at the global and pan-European level. Read the strategy for health and sustainable development in English, French, German and Russian here.