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Monthly Newsletter
July 2020
News from the Network
JOIN Board meeting

Due to exceptional circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a formal Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held online on Friday, 12th June. After a summary of the activities of the network by our Chairman and comprehensive financial information by our Vice-Chairman, all delegates warmly approved the application of St John Malta to become a member of JOIN. If circumstances permit, we hope to keep organising the meeting planned in Cyprus from 23rd to 25th October 2020. A final decision will be taken in August (latest). Continue reading

News from the Members
Malta: St John Rescue Corps organises a 24-hour kayaking trip

On Saturday, 11th July, a team of eight kayakers started their 106.5km journey around the Maltese Islands. Their round trip took 24 hours starting from Golden Bay travelling alongside the northern coast of Malta, all around Gozo, and finally back to Malta. They raised over €10,000. The aim of this challenge was to raise enough funds for St John Rescue Corps to purchase a new Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat. Read more here.

France: disabled people have a ride in vintage cars

Monday, 1st June was a special day for the disabled people who came to Montlhéry, in the south of Paris. Our French member offered them to have a ride in vintage cars to make them discover the sensation of speed and liberty. The car circuit of Montlhéry was privatised for this occasion. Read more on the following link (in French).

Germany: Annual Review of Johanniter GmbH

Johanniter GmbH runs the hospitals and other healthcare facilities under the German Johanniter Order. In 2019, around 16,000 employees contributed to the successful work of Johanniter in their 9 hospitals, 7 specialised clinics, 95 retirement homes, 3 hospices, 7 medical care and therapy centres and 3 education centres. Read the current annual report with detailed information about their work, developments and new offers (in German) here.

Germany: Project to support young people in Lebanon

An ongoing economic crisis, growing unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic have destabilised the situation in Lebanon in recent months. Especially young people who have already been disadvantaged by disability or due to refugee status are the main victims of this development. A project by Johanniter International Assistance that supports them restarted in June. It enables 540 young people to receive vocational training, strengthen their self-esteem and enhance employability. Read more here.

Jerusalem: Updated website

The St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group has restructured their website. The new design allows a concise overview and easy navigation throughout the page. Take a look at their Patient Relief, Staff Sponsorship, Children, Outreach, Medical Supplies, Heritage, Events and News here.

News from Europe
Pledging summit raises € 15,9 billion for universal access to coronavirus measures

During the ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future' Summit on 27th June, President Ursula von der Leyen announced a new pledge of €4.9 billion in partnership with the European Investment Bank, for universal access to coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments. This brings the funding under the Coronavirus Global Response, since 4th May to almost €16 billion. The amount includes €485 million committed by EU Member States.

European Projects
Video on First Aid in sign language

In the frame of the project EUinAid, the JOIN Office released a video on First Aid in International Sign Language. The video covers basic First Aid such as how to report an emergency, how to perform an emergency check, instructions for the Recovery Position, how to perform CPR, the Heimlich-manoeuvre and what to keep in mind when treating injuries. Watch the video here.

Workshop on data protection

In the frame of the project, the JOIN Office launched the first online workshop on data protection in healthcare. In this field, especially the handling of patient data is a highly sensitive area. For this reason, there are separate provisions for the protection of patient data. The workshop is held in German and serves to raise awareness and addresses data security from the perspective of health personnel with a focus on emergency services and patient transport. Continue reading

Webinar on triage led by St John medical doctors

On Tuesday, 23th June, JOIN held the third edition of the iProcureSecurity webinar series. The four speakers (Dr Paul Hunt, Dr Andreas Tanos, Dr Henrik Antell und Dr Trevor Abela Fiorentino), all members of the JOIN Clinical group, presented information on how Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organisations across Europe perform triage and treat patients at major emergency incidents. They shed light on related challenges and gaps according to their experience, respectively in the UK, Cyprus, Finland and Malta. Find the workshops here.

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