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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

  • 06/02/2012

    Using traditional knowledge to protect forests

    As of 1 January 2012, the Order of Malta’s worldwide relief agency Malteser International is implementing a new project to support the preservation and sustainable use of forests in the Central Vietnamese district of Tay Giang. The preservation of the region’s natural resources is meant to reduce the poverty of the local population as well […]

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  • 19/01/2012

    Order of Malta New Orleans Home Rebuilding Program

    The Order of Malta mobilizes around the world to serve the poor and the sick and is especially known for its disaster relief efforts. We would normally think of places like Southeast Asia, Darfur and Haiti. Yet the Order has made a significant impact in the lives of the poor that were devastated by Hurricane […]

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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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