A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE PRACTICAL CHARITABLE
The Johanniter-Schwesterschaft (Sisterhood) and the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe (for outreach help) complete the series of the pastoral services coming under the aegis of the Johanniter Order. About half the current membership of the Johanniter-Schwesterschaft of 600 nurses, are in active service in the Order hospitals, the rest are in other institutions. Johanniter Sisters are trained in the Sisterhood's own nursing schools.
The Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe (JUH) is the Order's largest enterprise. It has some 1,200,000 members, supported by around 3,500 young people who have chosen to do a social service instead of military national service. The Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe (JUH) is organised into state, regional and district associations. The main work of the JUH, including training and further education, is in the following areas: First Aid and nursing services; a rescue service; civil defence; the support, care and encouragement of those in need; and hospice support. In recent years, several new social services have been added including the running of around 150 social stations, the organisation of mobile social services, Meals on Wheels, and the support of children's day centres.
The JUH also carry out their duties in a number of other countries and work closely with foreign and international aid organisations. They are especially active in helping in international crises as a leading Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).