Street Nurses helps homeless people keep themselves cool

june 2019

Brussels / Liege - 24 June 2019 - The cliché is that it is much easier for homeless people to live in summer than in winter. However, the hot season can also be fatal, especially because of the increasing frequency of heat waves. Dehydration, sunstroke, hygiene problems, infections, burns, are all risks faced by homeless people in case of high heat.

This is why this week, the non-profit organisation Street Nurses is launching its new summer prevention campaign "When it's hot, let's keep it cool" to homeless people in Brussels and Liège via posters and flyers.

A copy of the tool "When it's hot, let's keep it cool", as well as the plan "Drinking water fountains and free toilets in Brussels" can be obtained via info@idr-sv.org. The plan and poster are free, but a donation to the organization is always welcome at BE91 0014 6955 7676.

That's it, summer has begun! For many, this season is synonymous with deckchairs, barbecues and other pleasures. But for those who live on the streets all year round, this period can be fatal, especially because of the heat waves that are becoming more and more frequent.

That's why we focus on prevention and distribute this tool to them "When it's hot, let's keep it cool," says Pierre Ryckmans, medical manager of the non-profit organization Street Nurses. "It is part of a more global prevention plan, as is the plan "Drinking water fountains and free toilets in Brussels". These posters and flyers offer several prevention tips to encourage people living on the street to take care of their hygiene and health. The tool is available in pocket or poster format and the graphics have been completely renewed for this 2019 edition. »

This summer, this tool will also be distributed, through the network of street workers and medico-social support organisations, to the homeless population in Brussels and Liège. But other people can also benefit from it. Because no one is immune to heat stroke. Thus, Street Nurses also raises awareness of the difficult situation that homeless people face to survive in the city.



Other news

Plan Brussels drinking fountains and free public toilets, 2019 edition is available!

june 2019
Helping homeless people find their way easily to free public toilets or a drinking water fountain in Brussels is the aim of this plan "Drinking water
suite

Now is the time to adopt a policy to end homelessness in Brussels

may 2019
Between 2008 and 2016, the number of homeless people doubled from around 2,000 to almost 4,000. As in most major European cities, the number of
suite

Street nurses opens an antenna in Liège

may 2019
We launched an antenna in Liege to reduce the morbidity and mortality of the most vulnerable homeless people. It opend on May 13, 2019. Camille
suite

Next page