To collect medical supplies, such as equipment and instruments, still in a good state but no longer used by Swiss institutions, and then make them available to hospitals and health centres worldwide. This is the purpose of the Aid and Assistance Foundation of the Order of Malta’s Swiss Association. A long-standing mission which has helped to develop a productive cooperation between the Order of Malta and hospitals, health centres and graduate schools in the clinical, paramedical and pharmaceutical sectors.
60 million displaced in the world, 20 million of them on the move – if they were all together in one spot, that would make the 25th largest nation
What is the future of migration and our social responsibility? How can we achieve successful integration in the long-term? A conference held in Munich on 16th September, run jointly by the Order of Malta in Germany and the Václav-Havel foundation ‘Forum 2000’, brought together academics, politicians, members of international organisations and local practitioners to debate the crisis and discuss proposals for the way forward.
“In these dramatic times in which wars and terrorism are spreading throughout the Middle East and Africa, millions of people are forced to flee and seek refuge in Europe,” said the Sovereign Order of Malta’s Grand Chancellor, Albrecht Boeselager. “Inspired by the principles of solidarity and the moral imperative to alleviate human suffering, the Order of Malta has redoubled its efforts to accept and offer first aid to the refugees,” the Grand Chancellor explained.
The Order of Malta will be involved in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis and opening on 8 December next. The Order’s members and volunteers will assist pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square and in the four major basilicas (Saint Peter, Saint John Lateran, Saint Paul and Saint Mary Major), just as they did during the Great Jubilee of 2000 and previous ones. Twenty-five million pilgrims are expected to visit Rome during this Jubilee.
The Grand Hospitaller of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel, has sent a letter to all the Order’s entities worldwide with a request for 250 groups of volunteers, meaning that 45 people will provide their services in weekly shifts, from Saturday to Saturday.