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Nepal earthquake six months on: unrest and approaching winter worsen the situation


Since the introduction of the new Nepalese constitution, political friction has led to unrest in Nepal’s Terai region. Six months after the devastating earthquake, blockades on the border between India and Nepal are making the aid efforts of the Order of Malta’s worldwide relief agency, Malteser International, increasingly difficult. “The trucks with our building materials have been at the border for six weeks,” reports Arno Coerver, the agency’s Country Coordinator in Kathmandu, “There are lines of vehicles between 7 and 11 kilometres long. We need to get these materials to outlying villages which all lie at an altitude of between 700 and 2,000 metres as soon as possible.”


Libyan delegation in Rome to discuss immigration and mutual challenges


Meeting of senior representatives of Tobruk and Tripoli takes place at Order of Malta Magistral Villa

A meeting organised by British think tank ‘Forward Thinking’ and the Sovereign Order of Malta took place this morning in Rome, at the Magistral Villa of the Order of Malta. The meeting was held in the presence of two Libyan delegations respectively representing Tobruk and Tripoli.
The meeting was centred around the challenges posed by the escalating migration influx and the fight against people smuggling on Libyan soil.


New life for medical equipment: the aid managed by the Order of Malta’s Swiss Association is constantly increasing


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.


Order of Malta Germany organises acutely topical conference on migration


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.


The Order of Malta increases its efforts to assist refugees arriving in Europe


“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.


Over 2,400 Order of Malta volunteers for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy


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.


The Great Siege of Malta 450 years ago


On 8 September 1565, after a three-month siege, the Ottoman army left Malta. On 8 September 2015, to commemorate the 450th anniversary of what has gone down in history as the Great Siege, 300 of the Order of Malta’s members from five continents gathered on the island.
An eventful programme, organized by the Government of the Republic of Malta in cooperation with the Order’s Maltese Association, to celebrate one of the most significant episodes in the history of the archipelago, inextricably linked with the history of the Order of Malta.

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Rescuing migrants in the Strait of Sicily: 80,000 hours worked during the first seven months of 2015


In the Sicilian Channel the rescues and tragedies are never-ending. Last week, the Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps gave first aid to 250 migrants rescued during two separate operations of the Coastguards’ vessel Fiorillo. Sadly, the Order’s doctors were unable to save the lives of three women and a man, migrants of different nationalities who have not yet been identified.

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Iraq: More than three million people forced from their homes by conflict


The Worldwide Relief Agency of the Order of Malta, Malteser International: “We have to keep our aid mobile”

In the year or so since the mass exodus of Iraqis from Mosul and the Sinjar Mountains, more than three million people in Iraq have fled from the so-called ‘Islamic State’ terror group. The United Nations estimate that a further 1.7 million will be added to this number before the end of the year. Malteser International, the Worldwide Relief Agency of the Order of Malta, is therefore planning to expand its mobile medical aid in the country.

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Asylum seekers in Hungary reach record high: Order of Malta launches programme to meet the refugee needs across the country


Over 32,000 people fleeing conflict, violence and poverty have requested asylum in Hungary in the first quarter of this year, the second highest number of applicants in the European Union after Germany in this period of time. A significant increase on the 43,000 requests received in 2014 and dramatic jump from 2,150 requests in 2012. Many of the migrants have journeyed from the Middle East and North Africa, crossing into the landlocked country in the heart of Europe at its border with Serbia.
In the wake of such figures, the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta has launched an emergency medical and relief programme to address the plight of refugees in three major cities across the country.