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THE CONFERENCE ON CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE IN PRAGUE

07/10/2014

Exactly ten years after the first conference in the region, on 4 October last in Prague the Order of Malta’s bodies and diplomatic missions operating in central and eastern Europe met in the Grand Priory of Bohemia. There were eighteen countries present as well as the Order of Malta’s ambassadors in the region, testifying to the ever-growing synergy and cooperation between humanitarian and diplomatic activities.

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Cooperation in the Middle East was discussed during the meeting between the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Grand Chancellor

03/10/2014

An agreement to provide medical aid to the Palestinian population was signed

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Lubomir Zaoralek, received today in the Czernin Palace, seat of the Foreign Ministry in Prague, the Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta Albrecht Boeselager, accompanied by the Grand Hospitaller, Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel. During the meeting the current tragic humanitarian emergencies taking place were discussed, in particular those in the Middle East. The Minister and the Grand Chancellor expressed deep concern regarding the ongoing war in Syria and Iraq with its catastrophic effects on the surrounding countries, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.

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Lampedusa a year later: the commitment of the Order of Malta in an interview with Vatican Radio

03/10/2014

A year after the immigrant boat tragedy in Lampedusa on 3rd October 2013 the Director of the Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps, Mauro Casinghini, outlined the recent interventions of the relief corps in this area and its future commitment, in light of the end of Mare Nostrum’s operations in which Order of Malta medics participate.

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FRA’ MATTHEW FESTING AND ABDOU DIOUF focus on THE GREAT HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCIES

26/09/2014

Fra’ Matthew Festing, Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, received Abdou Diouf, Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie, today in Rome.
Their talks focused on the agreement signed in Paris last May establishing a reference framework for cooperation between La Francophonie and the Order of Malta in their relative areas of competence for peace, democracy and human rights and particularly with regards to preventing conflicts, mediating in crisis situations and promoting human rights.

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Hungary: medical care for families isolated by poverty

25/09/2014

Across Hungary the Order of Malta’s Charity Service (MMSz) is sending its doctors to isolated communities living in great poverty. In the Roma settlement of Monor, southeast of Budapest, a third of residents suffer from high blood pressure, many are in urgent need of dental treatment and between 15-20% of children are visually impaired.
Every week MMSz medics visit remote areas of Hungary providing families with basic health care, focusing in particular on eyesight. In the last year over 1,200 people across the country – and in neighbouring regions outside of Hungary – have received care.

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Nearly a year after typhoon Haiyan

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

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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Iraq crisis: Malteser International expands aid outreach

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

11/09/2014

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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South Sudan: Half of population at risk of famine

02/09/2014

Malteser International distributes food, seeds to displaced population

In South Sudan’s Western Equatoria, Malteser International is distributing staple foods such as corn, rice, beans, and cooking oil to 7,500 people at risk of starvation after being displaced by the country’s civil war. In addition, the agency is distributing corn and peanut seeds as well as farming tools for the next planting season.

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