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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

  • 09/08/2013

    Cuba: Rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy

    Malteser International and the Cuban Association of the Order of Malta reconstruction efforts Nine months ago, Hurricane Sandy swept through the Caribbean and the U.S. Atlantic coast, leaving behind a path of death and destruction. In Cuba, the hurricane made landfall on 25 October 2012, and although the population was warned hours before, many were […]

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  • Order of Malta volunteers greet Pope Francis Lampedusa


    The Order of Malta’s volunteers greet Pope Francis on Lampedusa

    In his historic visit to the island of Lampedusa, symbol of immigrant plight and borderland between Europe  and Africa, Pope Francis was greeted by the volunteers of the Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps  (CISOM). “We’re very happy,” said Mauro Casinghini, CISOM National Director, “that Pope Francis has chosen Lampedusa for his first apostolic trip. […]

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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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