Did you know that our JOINews are more than the monthly newsletter in English? They also include a semiannual newsletter in German and an annual summary of the most important news of the year in Italian. Take a look at the German newsletter on the first and the second half of last year or read the news of 2020 in Italian here.
JOIN members at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic
The past year has brought many challenges, and in many countries, infection rates are still rising. In these times of crisis our members are working to support all in need - at home, on the road and in hospitals and health and care facilities. This month, many members have helped with the delivery of a COVID-19 vaccine. Johanniter Germany is establishing and operating vaccination centres throughout the country and St John Ambulance’s trained volunteers are now delivering the vaccines and taking care of people before and after they receive them. Read all about the activities of our members in response to the pandemic here.
News from the Members
Germany: Johanniter operates vaccination centres
Johanniter Germany supports the establishment and operation of vaccination centres nationwide, which are intended to protect the population against the COVID-19 virus. In many regions, preparations for the operation of vaccination centres and the provision of mobile vaccination teams are ongoing. All nine regional Johanniter associations are currently involved in the implementation at around 200 locations in Germany. Continue reading
Germany: Johanniter provides food and medicine in Lebanon
Due to a drastic increase in Covid-19 infections, the Lebanese government imposed a 24-hour curfew from Thursday 14th January. For the following 12 days, Lebanese nationals were not allowed to leave their homes, even to go shopping. Johanniter International Assistance, together with its partners, provided people in particular need with necessary food and medicine before the lockdown. Read more (in German) here.
Italy: S.O.G.IT supports Croatian civil protection authorities following earthquake
An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck central Croatia on Tuesday 29th December 2020. The earthquake caused widespread structural damage in the city of Petrinja and reportedly killed seven people. Our Italian member provided specialised volunteers and rescue dog units to the Croatian civil protection authorities. Additionally, S.O.G.IT collected clothes and aid supplies and sent them to the authorities for distribution.
England: St John Ambulance supports population following flooding
Heavy rainfall from a storm on 21st January has caused widespread flooding across England and Wales, causing thousands of people to evacuate their homes. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials want to prepare safety measures throughout the country. St John Ambulance supported the police together with North West Ambulance and the British Red Cross in evacuating over 2,000 homes in Manchester and providing protection material such as sandbags in every part of the United Kingdom.
News from Europe
Germany becomes a stockholding location for the EU Civil Protection Mechanism
An EU stockpiling location is to be set up in Germany as part of the “rescEU stockpiling” project this year. Our German JOIN member coordinates the project via their Johanniter Competence Centre for European Disaster Management. Together with other aid organisations and the EU Commission, they will procure the material, store it, and organise the emergency distribution. This will enable the EU Member States and countries participating in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to be helped out quickly in the event of bottlenecks. Continue reading
JOIN Office meets with other NGOs to discuss EU actions concerning young people
On Wednesday 20th January, the JOIN Office met online with other NGOs to talk about the EU's efforts pertaining to young people. The meeting was organised and hosted by the Evangelical Church Germany (EKD) in Brussels. Points of the discussion were the Multiannual Financial Framework, Erasmus+ as well as DiscoverEU, the implications of Brexit, and the changes in the European Solidarity Corps. Additionally the group discussed the Conclusions of the Council concerning youth following the Germany Presidency and the reinforced Youth Guarantee for employment or training.