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News from the network

Cologne repatriation meeting

October 2012

JOIN members from Germany, Italy, England and Austria met on 23 October to discuss cooperation in the area of patient repatriation. The delegations agreed to analyse their own numbers on international patient transport and market opportunities before a follow-up meeting in spring 2013. The meeting was initiated by the JOIN office after talks with JOIN members in England and Germany and was the first exchange on repatriation between JOIN members. Continue reading

Brussels board meeting

The JOIN board held a regular meeting in Brussels on 25 October. Amongst others, the directors discussed developments in the working groups, whilst the JOIN General Manager delivered a report on other activities of the Brussels office. Moreover, preparations were made for the upcoming medical meeting in London and the AGM 2013 which will be held in Brussels.

London medical meeting

After two years since the last JOIN meeting on medical issues, several JOIN delegations will meet in London on 3 November to discuss clinical topics of mutual interest, explore potential areas of cooperation and update other members on clinical developments of interest in JOIN member enterprises and their countries.

Johanniter International Wikipedia entry

The JOIN office has updated, overhauled and extended the Wikipedia article on Johanniter International. Since 11 October the article, the original of which is in English, is also available in Dutch. A German and an Italian translation are currently planned. Initiatives to translate the article into other JOIN languages are much welcome. Go to the articles in English and Dutch.

News from the members

Germany: JUH visits projects in Latin America

It is the first common visit of the Herrenmeister of the Orders of St John, H.R.H. Dr. Oskar Prince of Prussia, with the president of Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe, Hans-Peter von Kirchbach and Dr. Arnold von Rümker, to the field. Sandra Lorenz, the PR coordinator of Johanniter International Assistance, has kept a record of the experiences of the delegation in Colombia and Ecuador. Continue reading

Finland: First aid at Finnish marathons

On 21 and 22 September, St John in Finland, Johanniterhjälpen in Finland, was present at the Noux Classic Trail Marathon with a team of 1 doctor, 3 nurses and 3 first aiders. The Noux Classic Trail Marathon leads along the Esbo coast for 40% of the route. 220 runners between 20 and 67 years old participated in the race. Continue reading

England: SJA teaches first aid in Ghana

A group of St John Ambulance volunteers from Bristol and Somerset have returned from Ghana were they taught first aid. During the three-week trip in August, the 11-strong group taught first aid to staff at orphanages in the north and south of the country; two schools in the capital Accra; community groups in the northern region and field workers at Ghana’s Cocoa

Research Institute. Continue reading

Austria: Austrian St John develops internet portal for nursing children

In Austria, approximately 440.000 people are being nursed at their homes, often by children and adolescents. St John in Austria, Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe in Austria, has developed an internet portal for them, where they can find information and exchange experience with others that are in the same situation. Continue reading

Germany: First aid at Berlin Marathon

For the main run on Sunday, more than 400 assistants from the German St John, Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe from all over Germany were deployed. 27 Medical posts, 27 ambulances, 10 motorbikes, 2 ambulance emergency response vehicles and 4 bikes were at the scene. Continue reading

News from Brussels

EU wins Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has announced that the Nobel Peace Prize 2012 is to be awarded to the EU, for its 6 decade long contribution to peace, democracy and human rights. Continue reading

EU budget for humanitarian crises in Pakistan increased with Є15 million

On 27 September the EU announced that an additional Є15 million would become available for the humanitarian crisis in Pakistan. The main causes for concern are food insecurity and malnutrition. Continue reading

New Eurozone bailout fund

Monday 8 October, the first meeting of the new bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) was held in Luxembourg. The fund has a lending capacity of 500 billion euro, which will be used to provide loans to countries that are struggling, in return for a structural adjustment programme. Continue reading

EU allocates further Є30 million in aid to Horn of Africa

Thursday 11 October the European Commission announced that it would allocate another Є30 million to aid for people in

Somalia and Ethiopia. The main aim is to address chronic problems such as risk of drought, insecurity, weak communal ability to withstand shocks and precarious livelihood. Continue reading

European Parliament launches Charlemagne Youth Prize 2013

The European Parliament has launched the Charlemagne Youth Prize for 2013. Young people can submit their proposals until January 28th 2013. The prize will be awarded to a young person who has promoted understanding between people from different member states. Continue reading

International day on the eradication of poverty

On 17 September, the international day on the eradication of poverty, MIT professor Abhijit Banerjee addressed the European Parliament and explained why anti-poverty policy is often wrong, by giving three great examples. Continue reading

Scotland announced public consultation on drink driving limit

The Scottish government announced a public consultation on the lowering of the drink driving limit on 6 September. The suggestion is to lower to limit from 0.8g/l to o.5g/l for all drivers in order to improve road safety. Continue reading

European Parliament adopts ‘Agenda for Change’

Tuesday 23 October, the European Parliament adopted the Commission’s ‘Agenda for Change’ on the future of EU development policy. This plan aims at concentrating of aid for the countries that need it most. Continue reading

Tonio Borg likely to replace John Dalli as Commissioner for Health and Consumer policy

On 13 November, Tonio Borg will be questioned by the EP before replacing John Dalli as the new Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner regarding the revision of EU tobacco rules and Borg’s anti-abortion campaign in Malta. Continue reading

European Youth Forum launches “LoveYouthFuture” campaign

The European Youth Forum has launched a campaign to promote Europe’s youth among policy makers. Amongst others, it emphasises the value of education and argues for a stronger focus on youth in the next EU budget. Continue reading

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