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Nearly a year after typhoon Haiyan

Rome, 19/09/2014

An interview with the Order of Malta Ambassador to the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan: 14.1 million people affected, about 10,000 dead, 4.1 million displaced and coastal towns in several provinces completely destroyed. The Philippine Association of the Sovereign Order of Malta, together with Malteser International, the relief agency of the Order, has been involved in the reconstruction process of the towns of San Antonio and Amandaheyan in Basey, Samar and in Santa Fe in Bantayan Island, Cebu. The Order of Malta in the Philippines implements the project of the government’s Relief and Rehabilitation Programme.
Odelia Arroyo, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the Philippines since 2013 and former Hospitaller of the Philippine Association, recalls in this interview the havoc caused by the typhoon that hit the Philippines so violently in early November 2013 and tells us about the fast response required to address the needs of the stricken population.

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Floods in Bulgaria: the Order’s Embassy in Sofia organizes volunteers and emergency aid

Rome, 18/09/2014

In Bulgaria the torrential rain and flash flooding in July and August and again during last week have caused the death of fifteen people and forced thousands to leave their devastated homes. Besides the hundreds of houses, many other community buildings, such as orphanages, schools and homes for the elderly, were also destroyed.
Camillo Zuccoli, the Sovereign Order of Malta’s ambassador to Bulgaria, has been in contact with the mayors of Asparuhovo and Mizia, two of the most affected areas, to set up groups of volunteers – coordinated locally by First Counsellor Bogdan Patashev – to help those most in need.

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Dr Peter Kaiser visits patients in a centre for displaced people in Zakho

Iraq crisis: Malteser International expands aid outreach

Cologne / Erbil, 11/09/2014

Number of displaced and refugees continues to rise

The number of displaced people and refugee camps in north Iraq continues to rise, according to the latest reports from the relief team of Malteser International, worldwide relief agency of the Sovereign Order of Malta. Thousands of civilians – predominantly Christians, Yazidi, Arabs and Syrian refugees – have fled to Kurdistan’s Zakho district, located on the Iraqi-Syrian border.

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The spread of the virus in west Africa

Liberia: the Order of Malta sends medical supplies for the Ebola emergency


According to the latest figures the virus has killed 1,900 people in west Africa

The Sovereign Order of Malta’s Ebola kit containing medicines and healthcare products arrived in Monrovia, Liberia on 2 September last. The kit mainly consists of supplies for the protection and hygiene of the local population and medical personnel in hospitals and healthcare products for patients, including tests and medicines, water purification tablets, disinfectants, soap, surgical gauze and thermometers.
This consignment is financed by the Global Fund for Forgotten People (the Order of Malta’s special agency which raises funds for its humanitarian projects) and implemented by the Ordre de Malte France. The relative agreements were made during a meeting held in Rome at the end of July between the two Liberian ambassadors to Italy and to the Sovereign Order of Malta and the Grand Hospitaller Dominique de la Rochefoucauld-Montbel.

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