Latest interventions of the Order of Malta in the World

Iraq crisis: Assessment team on its way to Erbil


Malteser International prepares relief for persecuted minorities

A Malteser International assessment team arrives today in Erbil, north Iraq, in order to prepare relief efforts for persecuted minorities. Oliver Hochedez, Malteser International’s emergency relief expert, will lead the team on the ground to prepare the deployment of immediate aid for at least the next three months, in order to support displaced Christians and Yazidi communities that have fled from the militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate (IS). “This is a very important deployment, as the persecuted population is in great need and the current humanitarian situation is deplorable,” Hochedez explains. “Added to that is the extremely difficult security situation.”


Violence and religious discrimination in Iraq cause acute concern


The Grand Master appeals for an end to religious discrimination.

The news arriving from Iraq of violence and religious discrimination, leading to the flight of tens of thousands of Christians from the north of the country, has created a tragedy which has assumed humanitarian proportions.
Over 200,000 have fled in recent weeks due to the advances of IS, the self declared islamic states of Iraq and the Levant. Latest information from the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) reports that the majority of the refugees belong to religious minorities. The UN mission described the situation in northern Iraq as ‘desperate’, a ‘humanitarian tragedy’, ‘a matter of life and death.’


Haiti: awareness campaign to fight the Chikungunya epidemic


With the start of hurricane season in the Caribbean, the region’s residents face multiple threats: not only the extreme weather itself, but also viral epidemics such as cholera, dengue, and most recently, chikungunya – a rarely-fatal but debilitating infection transmitted by mosquitos.
According to the Pan American Health Organization, there have been nearly 40,000 suspected cases seen by health workers since chikungunya was first documented in Haiti in May. The actual number of cases in the country is expected to be a lot higher, since many people still lack access to health facilities.


Order of Malta summer camps: continuing the tradition of care for the disabled


For the Order of Malta, summer means camps for disabled young people and once again a chance for members and volunteers in numerous countries to offer their services. Whether a volunteer or a guest, it is a unique and enriching experience for all involved.
Here are just a few examples of the initiatives organised on an international or national level.


“The Inestimable Value of Manuscripts”: a recent publication describes the treasures of the Magistral Archives


Correspondence, Magistral decrees, Sovereign Council minutes, cabrei – volumes describing and illustrating the Order’s agricultural real estate – and account books. In addition to the documents produced for entry into the Order, such as family trees, parchments dating back to the Middle Ages, seals and coats of arms. These epitomize the immense resources of the Order of Malta’s Archives kept inside the Magistral Palace in Rome. We’re talking about a collection of documents in continual communication, even today, with the archives of institutions worldwide, illustrated for the first time in the book “Il valore inestimabile delle Carte. L’Archivio del Sovrano Ordine di Malta e la sua storia: un primo esperimento di ricostruzione” (“The Inestimable Value of Manuscripts. The Sovereign Order of Malta’s Archive and its History: an initial attempt at reconstruction”)


‘Healing the wounds of war’: a new video on Malteser International’s work with Syrian refugees


We are in Kilis in southeast Turkey, a city close to the Syrian border that hosts more refugees than local residents. Here, the Order of Malta’s worldwide relief agency Malteser International, in cooperation with its Turkish partner organisation, has constructed a hospital where medics treat refugees of the Syrian civil war. Those who have made it this far may have survived the war but have often suffered severe injuries. Their homes, their homeland, and often members of their families, are gone forever. Here at the field hospital the refugees receive medical care from their fellow countrymen. A glimmer of hope for a better future.


The interview of Rome Reports with the Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta


Television news agency Rome Reports took part in the press conference “Populations fleeing war and poverty: the work of the Order of Malta” that took place on 2nd July in Rome. The agency interviewed the Grand Chancellor Albrecht Boeselager at the Magistral Villa to get an account of the humanitarian emergencies the Order of Malta is tackling.


Cooperation Agreement between Palestine and the Sovereign Order of Malta


The Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Riad al Maliki, and the Sovereign Order of Malta Representative to Palestine Amb. Justin Simpson, signed a cooperation agreement on 29th June in Ramallah to further develop a long tradition of collaboration in the field of medicine and health. This agreement will further facilitate the Order of Malta’s humanitarian assistance on the territory of Palestine. It is aimed to promote the medical and care actions of the Order of Malta focusing on the improvement of public health, in particular in the fields of maternal and infant health, the treatment of people in hospitals and clinics and in facilitating the training of medical professionals.




The Sovereign Order of Malta’s commitment illustrated at a press conference in Rome

Populations fleeing war, persecution, poverty and destitution. Fleeing from Syria torn apart by an endless conflict, from the heart of Africa devastated by violence, to the Sicilian coast: a journey of hope that often turns into a nightmare and ends in tragedy. During a press conference held yesterday, 2 June, in the Magistral Villa in Rome, the Sovereign Order of Malta’s Grand Chancellor, Albrecht Boeselager, illustrated the projects underway in several parts of the world to assist what the UN estimates are now 51 million refugees and displaced persons. Practically an entire nation on the move.


Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing in audience with Pope Francis


Fra’ Matthew Festing was this morning received in audience by Pope Francis in Vatican City. At the meeting, the Grand Master outlined the recent key activities of the Order of Malta, stressing the need to assist in the worrying evolution of humanitarian emergencies in the Middle East and Africa and which has led to a growing influx of migrants in many parts of the world.