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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

  • 02/10/2009

    Sumatra: Malteser International assists survivors

    First aid also in Vietnam after typhoon Ketsana Malteser International is already providing emergency relief measures for the survivors of the severe 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of West Sumatra two days ago. The United Nations calculate that at least 1100 people have been killed, albeit the official estimate stops at 777. […]

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  • 21/09/2009

    Malteser International Helps Earthquake Victims in Java

    Malteser International is providing economic support for the relief operations set up in Java, Indonesia after the earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale hit the Tasikmelaya district in West Java province on 2 September. It caused the death of 77 people, with 1,255 injured and almost 90,000 made homeless. According to official estimates around […]

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  • 12/09/2009

    New Sanitary Facilities For Orphanage

    Life in the Maha Muni Buddha Vihara Monastery orphanage in Sittwe, Myanmar has greatly improved since Malteser International modernized the plumbing and sanitary fixtures. The rainwater collection scheme has also been improved and a new water and sanitation plan has reorganized the entire system of water tanks and drainage pipes. The children were informed of […]

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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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