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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

  • Congo

    20/11/2008

    Dr Congo: urgent need to intensify humanitarian aid

    Malteser International distributes food to more than 30,000 internally displaced persons In Minova, the region on the border between North and South Kivu in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malteser International is distributing urgently needed food supplies – around 1,000 tons, to more than 6,000 families who have had to flee because […]

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  • 15/10/2008

    Assistance for immigrants: the Grand Master of the Order of Malta on Lampedusa

    On 11 and 12 October, Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing went to Lampedusa to meet the doctors and nurses of the Order of Malta’s Italian Emergency Corps working on the coastguard’s patrol vessels. Over the last six months, the Corps’ volunteer doctors, nurses and helpers have been providing medical assistance on board the Lampedusa coastguards’ […]

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  • 20/09/2008

    The Order’s doctors among refugees in Georgia

    The doctors of the Polish Association’s humanitarian mission, present in Georgia since August 14th, are continuing their work in refugee camps in the cities of Tbilisi and Gori. In this latter city a health unit, the only one for some 1700 refugees, has been operational since the outset. Returning from a humanitarian mission in Georgia […]

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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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