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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

  • Credentials presented by Morocco, Chile, Uruguay and Slovenia


    Democratic Republic of Congo: emergency aid for idps

    For several weeks already, the population of Bunia in the North-East of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the whole province Ituri suffer from severe fightings of rival armed ethnic factions. The fighting and looting prompted a mass exodus, more than 80,000 people are estimated to have fled the region to Aru and Ariwara in […]

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  • Credentials presented by Morocco, Chile, Uruguay and Slovenia


    Ecom distributes basic necessities to the population in Goma

    Dr. Adolf Diefenhardt, Regional Director Africa Programmes, and Dr. Alfred Kinzelbach, Regional Medical Coordinator Great Lakes Region, both Malteser Germany, are in Goma in order to prepare and organize the ECOM emergency aid for the victims of the Nyiragongo eruption. Up to one hundred thousand people who fled the volcanic eruption last Friday have streamed […]

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  • Credentials presented by Morocco, Chile, Uruguay and Slovenia


    Ecom refugee aid after the volcano eruption in Congo

    After the heavy eruption of the volcano Nyiragongo which lies some 10 kilometres north of Goma in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, ECOM (the Emergency Corps of the Order of Malta), will prepare to provide help for the people in Goma with the members of those ECOM associations gratefully already […]

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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


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

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