Health care nearly collapsed, neighbouring countries close to the limit of their capacity
March 15th will mark the fourth year since the beginning of the uprising in Syria, and a political solution to the crisis continues to be nowhere in sight. Malteser International, the Order of Malta’s relief service for humanitarian aid, appeals to the international community to strengthen its efforts to alleviate the enormous, unprecedented plight of the civilian population.
Latest interventions of the Order of Malta in the World
With over 25 percent of offenders worldwide, the United States has the world’s largest prison population. There are currently two million people incarcerated in state or federal prisons and four million on probation. A situation that has repercussions on the living conditions of inmates since recent estimates state that American prisons are operating at 40 percent above capacity.
Aid and psychological assistance for prisoners is one of the main activities of the Order of Malta’s American Association. This project also involves the Order’s other north-American entities – the Federal, Western and Canadian Associations – and has led to the creation of a coordination committee.
The handover of the symbolic key for the 700 homes the Order of Malta has built in Basey, Bantayan and Cebu, devastated by typhoon Yolanda, was the most significant moment of the meeting between the President of the Republic of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, and the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, in Malacañan Palace on 3 March.
Experts, academics and religious leaders will gather in Geneva at the United Nations Headquarters on 27th May for a one day long debate
In the framework of its participation in the World Humanitarian Summit next year in Istanbul, the Sovereign Order of Malta is organising the Symposium “Religions together for humanitarian action”. Policy makers, religious leaders and academics will gather together in the UN Geneva Headquarters on May 27th to tackle sensitive issues related to the 2016 summit – an initiative of UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon – these including the contribution of faith based organisations in war theatres and the role of religions in promoting reconciliation and resilience building.