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Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta

aid for refugees

Care beyond boundaries: in countries of origin, along the journey and on arrival

The world is seeing the greatest displacement of peoples for over half a century. Millions are fleeing from war, persecution and poverty. The proliferation of crises and needs is extraordinary as are the dramatic humanitarian consequences. In these desperate situations, fleeing families are at the mercy of unscrupulous traffickers and the perils of the journey to what they hope will be freedom and a new life.

The Order of Malta is present along this journey – in countries of origin, at the borders through which thousands pass, and in host countries and final destinations – assisting refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants in approximately 30 countries across the globe. Refugees fleeing Syria are met at the Malteser International field hospital in Kilis on the Turkish border.

The hospital has 100 beds and is equipped for emergency surgery. Thanks to its cooperation with local partners, Malteser International supports nine healthcare centres including three mobile clinics in the Aleppo region in Syria.

In northern Iraq, Malteser International has launched a programme for the reintegration of refugees in their countries of origin, including many persecuted minorities such as the Yazidi. The project also involves the reconstruction of infrastructure and support for training and educational courses. In central Iraq, medical teams provide healthcare and dental services to displaced persons.

Since 2008 the doctors and rescuers of the Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps have been present on Italian vessels operating in the Mediterranean Sea, assisting some 200,000 migrants attempting the crossing on makeshift boats. These are medical teams specialised in emergency medicine.

In various European countries, the Order of Malta is developing legal, psychosocial and medical assistance programmes for migrants and asylum seekers. There are also specific courses to aid integration and knowledge of the local culture and language.



Aid for Refugees - Latest Interventions

  • 12/03/2014

    Syria: three new mobile health stations deployed near Aleppo

    They will provide medical assistance to the refugees As the Syrian civil war enters into its third year, Malteser International – the Sovereign Order of Malta worldwide relief agency- is intensifying its medical relief efforts for refugees inside Syria. Three new mobile health stations are being deployed to Syrian camps near Aleppo, in the northern […]

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  • 25/02/2014

    915,000 Refugees in Lebanon after three years of war in Syria

    According to the latest United Nations figures, three years after the onset of civil war in Syria there are now 915,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon, or the equivalent of a quarter of the local population of 4 million. This is the highest per capita concentration of any country in recent history, without counting the civilians […]

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  • 23/01/2014

    Syria conflict: working for peace and mediation at the Turkish border

    To improve the integration of Syrian refugees with the local population As International Diplomacy is gathered in Switzerland in the high-level peace conference for Syria, work on the field to bring aid to the many Syrian refugees pouring into the neighbouring countries is ongoing. Malteser International, the Order of Malta’s International Relief Agency, has set […]

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The Order of Malta’s activities in 120 countries

Map indicates capital cities of countries where the Order of Malta runs medical, social, or humanitarian projects

The Order of Malta’s activities in 120 countries

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Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta

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