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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

  • 26/01/2010

    Haiti: ‘sacre coeur’ hospital continues to receive injured people

    The Order’s ‘Sacre Coeur’ hospital in Milot, northern Haiti, has been working flat out since 12 January with a constant stream of wounded people arriving by helicopter or along the rough roads from the Port-au-Prince region. Assisted by their French colleagues, the doctors have treated dozens of survivors of the devastating earthquake which struck southern […]

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  • 14/01/2010

    The Order Of Malta’s aid en route to Haiti

    Eight Malteser International experts will provide emergency aid The Order of Malta’s International Relief Corps took off from Düsseldorf at 18.00 hours today. Besides a doctor and a logistics expert from the Ordre de Malte France, the team includes two doctors originating from Haiti and another two doctors and a public health expert from the […]

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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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