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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

  • 10/10/2011

    Cooperation Agreement between the Kenyan Government and the Order of Malta

    Kenya has a strategic role in the Order of Malta’s humanitarian initiatives in Africa.  It is from Kenya that the Order is assisting the population of the Horn of Africa, suffering from one of the worst droughts and famines of the last ten years. The Order of Malta’s international relief agency – Malteser International – […]

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  • 09/08/2011

    Driest year in horn of Africa since 1995

    Food crisis widens: the Order of Malta distributing emergency food in Kenya The food crisis at the Horn of Africa continues to affect 12.4 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. Malnutrition and mortality rates are extremely high in many regions. The latest report of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) […]

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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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