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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

  • 05/12/2011

    Vietnamese youths protect flood-prone communities through Disaster Risk Reduction workshops

    In Vietnam, one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, the Order of Malta’s worldwide relief organisation, Malteser International, is conducting Disaster Risk Reduction projects to prepare the local population for potential future catastrophes. Coastal villages face frequent tropical storms which lead to floods almost every year. The Order of Malta’s project involves children […]

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  • Credentials presented by Morocco, Chile, Uruguay and Slovenia


    Emergency relief in Cambodia after severe floods

    After the strongest rains in a decade left 18 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces under water, the Order of Malta’s relief service for humanitarian aid, Malteser International, started last week to provide emergency relief for 2,000 families in northern Cambodia. The South-Asian country has been severely affected by the floods: almost 250 people have died, 46,000 […]

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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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