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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

  • 26/06/2011

    Three years after cyclone Nargis

    Extensive reconstruction programme in Myanmar reaches completion Cyclone Nargis hit the Irrawaddy Delta in Myanmar (Burma) on 2nd May, 2008, with winds of up to 190 kilometers per hour.  Severe destruction and devastation was caused and 140,000 people were killed or are still considered to be missing.  The Order of Malta’s aid and reconstruction programme, […]

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  • Credentials presented by Morocco, Chile, Uruguay and Slovenia


    Lab technicians where healthcare needs are greatest

    Ten students celebrated their graduation having completed a two-year course in Medical Laboratory Studies at the Order of Malta’s laboratory training school in Rumbek, Lakes State. At the ceremony the Governor of Lakes State expressed his gratitude for the work of Malteser International, the worldwide relief service of the Order of Malta, in this area […]

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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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