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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

  • Credentials presented by Morocco, Chile, Uruguay and Slovenia

    11/12/2010

    Rescuing motorists blocked by the snow

    In northern France, the heavy snowfall on 8 December caused chaos on the roads and thousands of people were blocked in their cars. The railways were also paralysed in many areas. On the evening and night between 8 and 9 December, Ordre de Malte France participated in rescue services for blocked motorists. In the Yvelines […]

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  • Assisting Families after the Ecological Disaster

    10/12/2010

    Assisting Families after the Ecological Disaster

    Last October, an unprecedented disaster struck Hungary. A flood of toxic sludge from an alumina plant engulfed Ajka, a town 160 kilometres southwest of Budapest, killing seven people. After having contaminated the Danube, thousands of people were evacuated and hundreds needed medical treatment for wounds and burns – some very serious – caused by contact […]

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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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