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Monthly Newsletter
November 2020
News from the Network

COVID-19 Support

The COVID-19 support of our member organisations continues as the pandemic situation evolves. In many countries, the number of infected people has increased again. Our Italian member, which has provided ambulance support during the COVID-19 crisis, is now active again to provide this service with the use of ambulances and medical cars. In England, St John Ambulance is supporting the National Health Service and has now been tasked in getting their volunteers ready to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available. Read more

Hungarian and German members donate to Roma people in Hungary

Johannita Hungary received a big supply of clothing from Johanniter Germany. Our Hungarian member delivered the donation to the Roma municipality in Hatvan to be distributed to over 250 families in need. Johannita Hungary often donates various relief supplied as well as equipment and furniture to areas of Eastern Hungary to people and institutions that need them. Read the article (in Hungarian) here.

News from the Members

Austria: Johanniter provides support following terrorist attack in Vienna

On the night of 2nd November, Johanniter Austria supported the Vienna rescue service following a shooting attack. 41 paramedics were on duty at the scene and in the regular ambulance service until the early morning hours. After being alerted by the Vienna rescue service, the Johanniter operations centre was able to send eleven vehicles to the scene promptly, where the teams, including many volunteers, were on standby near the shooting zone. Read more

Germany: Johanniter provide aid in Nicaragua after hurricanes

After Nicaragua has been hit by hurricanes Eta and Iota, Johanniter International Assistance travelled to the affected region to help the locals. Johanniter's partner organisation has been able to reach 500 families in urgent need of support in the first weeks. Johanniter is now providing 20,000 Euros to help and distribute relief goods and food to those affected along the Atlantic coast. Many regions are still cut off from the outside world. The extent of the damage will only become visible in the coming days. Read the article (in German) here.

Germany: Johanniter Country Director reports about the situation in Mozambique

Johanniter International Assistance has been active in Northern Mozambique for months as the population has been dependent on humanitarian aid due to natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing conflicts. In particular, the conflict between Islamists and state security forces has resulted in hundreds of thousands of displaced persons who are staying in camps under the most challenging conditions. In the Cabo Delgado region, Johanniter Country Director, David Prieto discusses needs with the affected people, the authorities, community leaders and representatives of the United Nations. Read his report here.

Poland: new website

Our Polish member has launched its new website. You can read all about their activities in emergency medical services, education, youthwork, courses and charity work, as well as news from their six regional and local field branches here.

News from Europe

European Parliament Volunteering Interest Group meets online

On 12th November, the JOIN Office came together online with Members of the European Parliament, the Commission, the Centre for European Volunteering and related networks and agencies. In the second meeting of the EP Volunteering Interest Group this year, the main topic of discussion was the EU Solidarity Corps and the implications and realities of the COVID-19 situation on the sustainability of the hosting and sending organisations. The Group also discussed potentials of and barriers to virtual volunteering projects and the upcoming campaigns for the 10-year anniversary of the European Year of Volunteering.

European Projects

iProcureSecurity: two events before the conclusion of the project

The iProcureSecurity project will come to an end with representation in two important events. The consortium will participate in the European Health Summit, where JOIN will present the objectives and conclusions of the project. The event will be held online on 1st December. The registration link is available here. Furthermore, on 3rd December, the online Final Event of the project will instead portray the legacy of this exciting collaborative venture for coordination of innovation procurement in the field of Emergency Medical Services in Europe. Register now for the event here.

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