JOIN members are providing a massive effort to Ukraine, with immediate emergency relief, transport services and support to refugees. The first distribution of relief goods in Ukraine started on 27th February. Together with the German-Ukrainian Forum, Johanniter Germany distributed initial food and hygiene items
to 2,600 families in central Ukraine. Our Hungarian member is directly involved at the border with Ukraine providing refugee assistance and received equipment and supplies from Johanniter Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Our English, Italia, Maltese and Polish members engage in collections and send emergency relief in form of goods, medical supplies, and an Ambulance to Ukraine and neighbouring countries. Our Austrian, German and Hungarian members provide assistance to incoming refugees, setting up arrival centres, shelters and opening and operating accommodations. Johanniter Germany has accompanied sick children and their families
from Ukraine into special clinics in Germany. Our German and Latvian members supply various hospitals in Ukraine with medicines and medical materials to ensure that the sick and injured are cared for on site. Johanniter Germany already organised 39 aid transports, thanks to the engagement of its regional and local sections across the country. Our English member released important first aid resources. Read all updates on our network activity for Ukraine here.
JOIN European First Aid Guidelines in Ukrainian
Johanniter International has provided the Ukrainian translation of the European First Aid Guidelines. They convey the principles of first aid in clearly outlined simple skills, aiming to be performed in a stressful situation by anyone. The document is freely available on www.firstaidjoin.org or directly for download here. A translation into Russian is in progress.
JOIN Clinical Working Group meets in Paris
Following the decision to start drafting a First Aid Manual for Young People last October, the JOIN Clinical Working Group met in Paris. Delegates from Cyprus, England, Finland, Germany and Italy came together in the French capital. During the three-day meeting, our medical doctors developed and reviewed the draft content created so far. Each sentence of each chapter and subsection was further discussed, amended and fine-tuned. Continue reading
News from the members
England: Young Responders help marginalised young people
Our English member hosted a scenario-based training event on 26th March in London within their Young Responders Initiative. The young responders, called Community Champions, work in partnership with young people to create bespoke mental health and physical first aid programmes to address specific needs within their individual communities. Volunteers collaborate with St John’s training department to co-design a learning module that covers street violence and mental health resilience in order to teach it to other young people in specific areas. Read more here.
Germany: Inauguration of new President and new honorary member of Federal Board
During a festive service in Berlin on 28th February, the new President of Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe, Brigadier General (ret.) Volker Bescht, as well as Christian Meyer-Landrut, new honorary member of the Federal Board, were inaugurated into their offices. At the same time, Hubertus v. Puttkamer, member of the Federal Board from 2017 to 2021, and former JOIN Board member, was bid farewell. JOIN Board member Johannes Bucher attended the service with guests from politics, society and aid organisations. Volker Bescht thanked those present and turned his attention to the events in Ukraine with the message to all Johanniter to stand together. Read more (in German) here.
News from Europe
European Humanitarian Forum
From Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd March, the first European Humanitarian Forum took place in Brussels in a hybrid format, with most of the events allowing for remote participation and engagement. The JOIN Office participated on behalf of Johanniter Germany in the exchange on humanitarian policy and strategy with policymakers, humanitarian partners and other stakeholders. The Forum's outcomes are aimed to be reflected in DG ECHO's thematic policies, joint statements expressing the collective commitments of humanitarian donors and boosting cohesion in professional networks in the sector. Access the recordings of the Forum Sessions and Humanitarian Talks here.
World Water Day 2022: Dormant Reserves
World Water Day, held on 22nd March every year since 1993, focuses on the importance of freshwater. The day raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. Microbial contamination poses the greatest risk to drinking water safety. Nearly half a million people die each year from diarrheal diseases. The solution to this is groundwater. In Kenya, Johanniter Germany is supporting the construction of a reverse osmosis plant that removes the salt from the water and makes it drinkable. Two water dispensers will supply up to 10,000 people with drinking water. Read more here.