Due to the persisting COVID-19 pandemic, a formal Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held online in order to comply with Belgian law. The delegates unanimously approved the extension of the mandates of the current Board members until the end of 2021, but with the intention to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting in October when a new Board will be elected. Continue reading
Celebrations of St John’s Day on 24th June
For the celebrations of the birth of John the Baptist on 24th June, a large portion of JOIN members usually commemorate their namesake and honour the work of their people. In England, iconic buildings across the country lit up green at night; St John Mata released a video on the impressive work of its people the past year; Hungary held a service and an outdoor event including youngsters and children. The Chancellor of the Most Venerable Order of St John, Dr Gillian Willmore GCStJ, sent a message for strengthening the collaboration among the four protestant Orders St John and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM). Continue reading
JOIN members at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic
While in several countries the volunteers of our members take up their medical support of public events again, the various measures fighting the pandemic continue. Our member from Jerusalem reported on the good performance of the newly established three-day eye care clinic outside the separation wall linked to outreach activities; Hungary distributed fruit to hospitals; Johanniter Austria and Germany continue to administer vaccinations and tests. Take a look at the overview of our members’ activities and get to know the work of seven representatives from Austria, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Malta and the Netherlands here.
News from the Members
Germany: Johanniter expands activities in Afghanistan
At the beginning of June, the Programme Officer of Johanniter International Assistance for Afghanistan travelled to Kabul. With the expected withdrawal of NATO troops, aid organisations are also ceasing their work, which is why Johanniter is looking into expanding its aid to other settlements together with local partners. In Kabul, together with the Federal Foreign Office, Johanniter supports medical care for internally displaced persons in 21 of a total of 51 informal settlements. Continue reading
Germany: President thanks Johanniter for work during pandemic
June, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited our German JOIN member in Brandenburg. He inquired about the outpatient and inpatient work of the Johanniterorden during the COVID-19 pandemic and expressed his gratitude. The main focus of the visit was the treatment of Long Covid Syndrome after COVID-19 infection and the situation in the care sector. The heads of the Johanniterorden, Johanniter Germany and the local Johanniter hospital gave the President a tour around the site and presented the inpatient and outpatient services of Johanniter in the district. Read more (in German) here.
Finland: new website
Our Finnish JOIN member has updated their website this month and introduced a new vibrant design and dynamic layout. You can read about their activities, first aid training, emergency medical services and international activities here.
Jerusalem: May update
On 1st June, the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital published its May update, informing about the situation of its staff amidst the escalating violence between Palestine and Israel. Its doctors have managed casualties at the hospital and have collaborated with their peers at other East Jerusalem Hospitals to provide ophthalmic care to those most in need. The slowly decreasing COVID-19 restrictions in Israel stand in contrast to the West Bank and Gaza where the number of infections increased significantly, and less than 200,000 vaccinations were issued out of almost 4.5 million people in Palestinian Authority controlled areas. Read more here.
News from Europe
Grant opportunities for JOIN members in the frame of ‘Horizon Europe’
‘Horizon Europe’, the new Research & Innovation Programme running from 2021 to 2027, has been officially launched. The Work Programmes for the coming years have been just published, and the calls for project proposals are accessible on the Funding and Tenders Portal. Calls for proposal in Cluster 1 – HEALTH and in Cluster 3 – CIVIL SECURITY FOR SOCIETY are of particular interest for the JOIN network.
Newsletter of the Union Civil Protection Knowledge Network
The European Commission has just issued a new quarterly newsletter on its Civil Protection Knowledge Network. It aims to become a reliable communication tool for key actors of the disaster prevention, preparedness and response community. The first edition of the document features news on the developments within the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, in which Johanniter Germany plays an essential coordinating role, about projects and updates from the community. The publication also includes information on upcoming events, learning opportunities and new resources in the field of civil protection and disaster management. Read the newsletter here.
Kick-off meeting of the MED1stMR project
to 16th June, the consortium of the MED1stMR project held its Kick-off Meeting virtually. Over fifty participants from the 19 partners met online for joint introduction and strategy planning, commencing the three-year project. Led by the Austrian Institute of Technology, the meeting assembled the expertise of researchers, developers and practitioners needed to create a mixed-reality training system for medical first responders. Continue reading