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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

  • 28/06/2012

    100 new homes mark fresh beginning for devastated community

    In December 2011 severe tropical storm “Washi” devastated Mindanao, the second largest island of the Philippines. After some months of work the Order of Malta, with the Diocese of Iligan on Mindanao, has handed over 100 temporary houses to families deeply affected by the disaster. In building these homes the Order of Malta’s Philippines Association […]

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  • 15/06/2012

    The Grand Master among the earthquake victims in Emilia Romagna

    “Welcome Big Chief”. These words – written in pencil – greeted Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing upon his arrival in Bomporto, in the province of Modena, struck by the earthquakes of 20 and 29 May. The volunteers of the Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps (CISOM), have installed and are managing a camp on the […]

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  • 31/05/2012

    Fighting malaria and tuberculosis on the Thai-Myanmar border

    For over 17 years the worldwide relief agency of the Order of Malta for humanitarian aid, Malteser International, has been responsible for health care in two refugee camps along the Thailand-Myanmar border with more than 35,000 inhabitants. The refugees are fully dependent on international support for shelter, food, education, water and health services while income opportunities […]

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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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