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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

  • Abruzzo Grand Master returns quake victims


    Abruzzo: The Grand Master returns to the quake victims

    The Order’s Italian Ambulance Corps is assisting 600 displaced people in two tent camps On 20 June last, the Order of Malta’s Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing, in his second visit after that of 23 April, spent another day with the homeless victims in the two tent camps of S. Felice d’Ocre and Poggio di […]

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  • Credentials presented by Morocco, Chile, Uruguay and Slovenia


    Assistance to Earthquake Victims from Austria and Germany

    From 20 June to 30 August, seven teams of Order of Malta volunteers from Austria and Germania, coordinated by Malteser International, joined the Order’s Italian Ambulance Corps in offering assistance to the earthquake victims Abruzzo. Immediately after the earthquake that struck Abruzzo on 6 April, with over 300 dead, 1,600 wounded and some 65,000 rendered […]

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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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