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Nurses play a vital role in global health, never more so than during a pandemic. Throughout the COVID‑19 crisis, healthcare professionals have faced greater risk and demonstrated extraordinary dedication to saving the lives of their patients.
Bohn Stafleu van Loghum (BSL), part of Springer Nature’s professional division, publishes up-to-date content including learning materials for nurses and other healthcare professionals. In 2020, BSL hosted the first summer Nursing Festival in Landgoed Zonheuvel in Doorn, the Netherlands. This entertaining and informative outdoor event, which followed strict COVID‑19 protocols, was attended by 1,000 nurses who were able to enjoy a day of learning and activities. There were also presentations by Dutch scientists Professor Dr. Erik Scherder and Manu Keirse, and an outdoor panel discussing relevant COVID‑19 information for the profession.
By safely hosting this festival, we were able to give something back to the nursing community who work tirelessly to provide treatment and care.
In 2020, during the pandemic, teachers, educators and students faced huge challenges and many had to find innovative ways to ensure learning could continue in lockdown. To support learners and teachers alike, Macmillan Education gave teachers free access to digital resources and launched a Distance Teaching and Learning Hub entirely dedicated to supporting teaching from home, and offering online interactive training sessions.
By making tools, training and resources widely available, for free, Macmillan Education supported thousands of learners, enabling them to access quality education wherever they were in the world.
“We started the course [through Macmillan Teacher Campus] in March 2020 and a week later we had to stay at home until lockdown was eased. Macmillan bought laptops for us, they bought routers for us and even loaded monthly data for us in order to be trained online.”Mamikilebeka Chauke, Principal, Mpepile Early Learning Centre, Rustenberg, South Africa
The Springer Medizin Charity Award, founded in 2009, recognises and commends organisations and initiatives that provide free healthcare and medical support to those in need in Germany. The Charity Award is presented as part of the annual Galenus von Pergamon Awards Gala, hosted in Germany by Springer Medizin.
In 2020, this was awarded to three organisations for their voluntary contributions to healthcare and medical assistance. Each received a prize fund, and their work was showcased in various specialist publications, increasing visibility. The winners were announced at a virtual gala, broadcast from the Axica Congress and Convention Centre, Berlin.
Impf Dich – provides science-based education on vaccination in Germany.
Düsseldorf Association Kids – campaign to teach school children how to live a healthy lifestyle.
The Patient Companion Project – enables volunteers to visit elderly patients, with support from the Böblingen District Council.