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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

  • 15/03/2011

    Japan earthquake: The Order of Malta involved in post-emergency operations

    In the wake of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami which has devastated Japan, the Order of Malta’s worldwide relief agency, Malteser International, is in close contact with its partners in the country – the Jesuits, the Franciscans and Tokyo’s Catholic University. Malteser International has allocated a donation from its emergency relief fund, to be added […]

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  • 10/03/2011

    Bolivia: floods cause a national emergency

    The Order of Malta distributes relief items At least 31 people died and over 7000 families have been affected by the torrential rains at the end of February which caused flooding and rivers to burst their banks in six of the nine departments of Bolivia: Cochabamba, La Paz, Santa Cruz, Tarija, Chuquisaca and Pando. Agriculture […]

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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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