Since the start of the war, JOIN members have been providing aid to the Ukrainian people in need. Next to immediate emergency relief, transport services, as well as support to refugees, many of our members arrange medical supply to hospitals in Ukraine. The European First Aid Guidelines were translated into Ukrainian and Russian and made freely available to anyone, together with concise first aid resources. Our members continue to transport aid supplies, provide care and psychological support to refugees in their respective countries and Ukraine's neighbouring countries. Read all updates on our network's activities for Ukrainians here.
JOIN European First Aid Guidelines published in Russian
Following the Ukrainian translation, we have now published our European First Aid Guidelines in Russian. These documents can be used by anyone and are freely available on www.firstaidjoin.org. Currently, the First Aid Guidelines are published in 17 languages. We hope that this small but valuable contribution will help alleviate current suffering.
Clinical Working Group meets in Paris
From 10th to 12th June, the JOIN Clinical Working Group met for the second time this year in Paris to continue drafting a First Aid Manual for Young People. Delegates from Cyprus, England, Germany and the JOIN Board came together for the three-day meeting, in which our medical doctors finished developing the manual's content. Continue reading
H.E. the Lieutenant of the Grand Master Fra' Marco Luzzago passed away
We are deeply saddened to hear that H.E. the Lieutenant of the Grand Master Fra' Marco Luzzago had passed away. The Board of Johanniter International sends their condolences to his family and to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta on behalf of the whole JOIN family.
New opportunities in England, Northern Ireland, Germany and Malta
Within the JOIN Volunteer Swap, our English, German and Maltese members offer ten new opportunities for volunteers to participate in local activities and events from July until September. In England, volunteers can get involved in the medical coverage of parades, festivals, fairs, shows, competitions and sports events. St John Malta and Johanniter Germany welcome volunteers to join their teams of first responders in different music and arts festivals. Have a look at the Volunteer Swap site for all details and find the perfect opportunity for you.
Eight German volunteers at the Queen's Jubilee in London
For the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to volunteer in England, eight volunteers from Johanniter Germany went to London to join their English colleagues from 2nd to 5th June. As Sovereign Head of the Order of St John, The Queen had asked St John to step forward and ensure the safety of the festivities for this anniversary. The team of St John Ambulance and Johanniter Germany provided first aid across the festive events and co-deployed as Cycle Responders. Read what two volunteers report here.
News from the members
Jerusalem: St John Eye Hospital achieves international quality accreditation
Our member in Jerusalem has been awarded the Golden Seal of Quality by the Joint Commission International (JCI) for quality medical services and patient safety. This accreditation comes for the fourth time in nine years, as the St John Eye Hospital was accredited in 2013. At that time, the St John Eye Hospital was the first hospital in East Jerusalem to achieve this prestigious international accreditation. Read more here.
News from Europe
Johanniter Germany at the EU Civil Protection Forum in Brussels
The 7th edition of the EU Civil Protection Forum, organised by the European Commission, took place on 28th and 29th June as the first one after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. With disasters and natural hazards becoming more frequent and severe, experts and policymakers came together in Brussels to discuss and find ways to strengthen civil protection cooperation and response under the overarching theme "towards faster, greener & smarter emergency management". Representatives of Johanniter Germany, in their leading function of the Competence Center EU Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, participated in the plenaries, workshops and Thinking Labs of the Forum. JOIN Board member Christian Meyer-Landrut joined the team, which showed the EU MODEX at the exhibition and demonstrated the capacity of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism.
Johanniter Germany participates in EU MODEX in Romania
From 30th May to 4th June, the EU Module Exercise (EU MODEX) was held in Târgu
Mureș, Romania. Four Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) from Germany, Italy, and Romania,
as well as one European Civil Protection Team (EUCPT), one Technical Assistance
and Support Team (TAST) formed by Johanniter Germany, one CBRN Team from
Romania, and other Romanian civil protection capacities, improved their skills
in an exercise scenario in the aftermath of an explosion in a chemical plant.
During the exercise, 980 scenario casualties were treated within 72 hours.
Johanniter Germany participated with one 'EMT type 1 fixed' in the exercise and
treated 115 scenario patients. This was the first time the 'Johanniter EMT type
1' was set up and operated in its 'fixed'-variant in an international exercise. Previously, it was only operated in the smaller 'mobile'-variant. The
high performance in the new setup proved the team's capabilities and will allow
a more flexible deployment to real missions in the future.
Johanniter Germany at the VOICE General Assembly 2022
On 22nd June, the European network 'Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies' (VOICE) held its annual General Assembly in Brussels. VOICE is a network of 87 European NGOs active in global humanitarian aid, including Johanniter Germany. It was the first time in more than three years that VOICE's delegates could gather for a full day of in-person exchanges. Sacha Christianson, Head of Programme Funding of our German JOIN member, attended the assembly.
MED1stMR consortium meeting in Thessaloniki
The 3rd Med1stMR consortium meeting took place from 14th to 15th June in Thessaloniki, Greece. Representatives from 18 partner organisations, including Johanniter Austria and the JOIN Office, attended and discussed the next steps in the project after its first year. Participants assessed end user requirements, discussed dissemination and exploitation, and demonstrated as well as experienced the technologies developed so far. Continue reading
iProcureSecurity PCP Call for Tenders for suppliers
The European-funded project, iProcureSecurity PCP, invites suppliers to take part in its Call for Tenders. The Call runs from 15th June until 31st August 2022. The project runs under the Pre-Commercial Procurement activities fostered by the European Commission and offers 6,7 Mio EUR for developing innovative Triage Management Systems. Have a look at this booklet with information on the project and its scopes. The consortium organises a Call for Tendersonlinewebinarto inform suppliers on detailed tender, submission and PCP procedures. The webinar will take place online on 5th July from 12:00 to 13:00. Registerhere.