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

Disaster Relief & Prevention

Emergency aid and long-term sustainable development

Every year, some 90 thousand people are killed by natural disasters and cataclysms. Some 160 million have been affected by events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, avalanches, hurricanes, fires, drought and heatwaves. In 2017 alone there were 335 natural disasters, with Asia being particularly affected.

By focusing on Disaster Risk Reduction the Order of Malta implements measures to ensure communities are prepared when disasters strike. Through its prevention programmes the Order of Malta in particular reaches out to people who are least able to flee: the elderly and disabled.

Recent emergency interventions have taken place in Indonesia following the earthquake and tsunami in September 2018, in Nepal after severe earthquakes, the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, the Horn of Africa struck by famine and across Europe where our Relief Corps respond to floods and extreme weather. Long-term sustainable development projects are ongoing in the regions of Asia laid waste by the tsunami and in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and the second most densely populated.

Disaster Relief & Prevention - Latest Interventions

  • 12/01/2015

    Five years since the Haiti earthquake

    The Order of Malta is still present on the island to provide healthcare and disaster preparedness training On 12 January 2010 at 9.53 in the morning the island of Haiti was struck by a catastrophic earthquake. In one single minute the magnitude-7 quake destroyed houses, schools and roads leaving behind a trail of devastation and […]

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  • 26/12/2014

    Ten years after the tsunami disaster in southern Asia

    Photocall: Malteser International interventions tell the story in pictures On December 26th 2004 South East Asia was struck by an earthquake, magnitude scale nine. The worst earthquake in recent history, it killed over 230,000 people in 13 countries – 168,000 in Indonesia alone – and left 1.5 million homeless. Exactly ten years have passed since […]

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  • 26/09/2014

    Fra’ Matthew Festing and Abdou Diouf focus on the great humanitarian emergencies

    Fra’ Matthew Festing, Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, received  Abdou Diouf,  Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie, today in Rome. Their talks focused on the agreement signed in Paris last May establishing a reference framework  for cooperation between  La Francophonie and the Order of Malta in their relative areas […]

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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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