On 25th August, the JOIN Board met online to discuss the latest activities as well as the organisation of a physical Annual General Meeting (AGM). Because of the persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic and its unpredictability in the coming weeks, it was -with deep regret- decided to hold only an online meeting on Friday 15th October in the afternoon. The meeting continued with comprehensive financial information by our Vice-Chairman. The JOIN Office gave feedback on the working groups’ activities, including the regular update of our members’ activities to face the pandemic. Continue reading
Semiannual JOINews in German published
For the last three years, JOIN has been publishing the JOINews also in German. In this semiannual newsletter, we comprise essential news from our network, our members, Europe and our European projects to our broad German-speaking readership. Read the first German JOINews of the year (January – June) here.
News from the Members
Germany: Largest disaster relief operation in Johanniter history
Since July, more than 2,200 Johanniter volunteers were on site during the flood disaster in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia. It was the largest domestic operation since the foundation of Johanniter Germany. The workers provided basic medical care in the affected regions, supported the local rescue service, provided affected people and aid workers with thousands of meals every day, offered shelter to people who have become homeless and provided emergency psychosocial care. In Rhineland-Palatinate, many emergency personnel are still on site; Johanniter also provided immediate aid in the region. From 1st to 6th August, 2,500 euros each were paid out to 1,800 households. In addition, tools such as chiselling and drilling hammers, wet vacuums and other equipment worth more than 50,000 euros were distributed to the residents. Read more (in German) here.
England: St John Ambulance treats Afghan refugees
Since 23rd August, St John Ambulance first aiders and emergency ambulance crews are looking after sick and injured Afghans as they arrive in the UK. Volunteers and staff are providing humanitarian and medical support, caring for people who have been evacuated from Afghanistan after the Taliban swept to power across the country. Having first been deployed to Birmingham Airport, our English member has a team in the airport terminal, along with three ambulance crews on site; together, they treat people on site and convey them to the hospital where necessary. On 25th August, two further ambulance crews were sent to support refugees arriving at Manchester Airport. Read more here.
Germany: Annual Reviews of Johanniter and its International Assistance available
Johanniter Germany published its Annual Review, providing an overview of the activities of its over 68,000 employees and volunteers such as the 740,350 deployments of emergency services. Read the Annual Report of Johanniter (in German) here. The Annual Report 2020 of Johanniter International Assistance looks back at the hard-hitting year which deepened existing crises and pushed health systems around the world to their limits. 690 million people were chronically malnourished at the end of 2020, and many countries were set far back in the fight against poverty. In 16 project countries, Johanniter International Assistance countered this development with its teams and 55 partners. Read the Report (in German) here.
Hungary: State Awards for Johannita Segitö Szolgálat
On 19th August, several representatives of Johannita were presented with State Awards. Due to the pandemic, the State honours were awarded on two occasions this year. Several people were recognised for their work in scientific research, for their public activities and church duties, and for their diaconal work and their activities in the protection of faith, as described in the motto of the Johanniterorden. Hungarian members of the Johanniterorden, as well as the President of Johannita Hungary, received the honours. The awarded people expressed their gratitude for the recognition, which is an additional motivation to fulfil their work. Read more (in Hungarian) here.
News from Europe
Update on rescEU medical stockpile
The European Commission has created the possibility to upgrade the existing rescEU capacities under the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism in light of the experience gained from the serious cross-border health threats with human-to-human transmissions. The German contribution is operationally run by a consortium led by Johanniter Germany. The project ‘rescEU medical stockpile DE’ is commissioned by the European Union for a period of seven years until 31st December 2027. The financial volume amounts to approximately 108 million euros, which is fully financed by EU funds. Under the measure, medical devices, and personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 will be procured. Continue reading
World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day highlights aid workers and civilians around the world whose lives are put at risk. JOIN member organisations are delivering valuable humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable populations in many countries across the world. Johanniter International Assistance stresses the increase in humanitarian needs in recent years. The effects of climate change are steadily more noticeable worldwide, and the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the situation of many people. This year’s World Humanitarian Day aims to bring attention to the immediate consequences of the climate emergency for the world’s most vulnerable people and to ensure that their voices are heard. Continue reading