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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

  • 28/04/2010

    Order of Malta and Czech Republic sign an agreement for aid to Haiti

    An agreement protocol for humanitarian cooperation in Haiti was signed today between the Czech Republic and the Order of Malta during the visit of Jan Kohout, Czech Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister, to the Order’s Grand Chancellor Jean-Pierre Mazery in the Magistral Palace in Rome. The Czech Republic will provide technical cooperation and donate three million […]

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  • 30/03/2010

    Chile: one month after the earthquake the Order of Malta’s twelve-month plans

    One month after Chile’s devastating earthquake and the subsequent tsunami, Malteser International with the Order of Malta’s Chilean Association and the Ambulance Corps of the ‘Auxílio Maltés’ association is organizing further interventions to continue humanitarian aid for at least another year. On 27 February an earthquake of magnitude 8.8 on the Richter scale with epicentre […]

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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

Magistral Palace, Via Condotti, 68 Rome - Italy

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