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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

  • Grand Master earthquake victims Abruzzo


    The Grand Master with the earthquake victims in Abruzzo

    On Thursday 23 April, the Grand Master of the Order of Malta Fra’ Matthew Festing visited the two tent camps of Poggio di Roio and S. Felice d’Ocre set up by the Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps (CISOM) in the Aquila area hit by the earthquake. Arriving just after 4 p.m. under pouring rain […]

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  • 15/04/2009

    Grand Hospitaller visits’ quake zone and inspects cisom’s emergency aid measures

    The Grand Hospitaller, Albrecht von Boeselager, yesterday visited the areas of Abruzzi affected by the recent earthquake. Accompanied by the Italian Association’s Magistral Commissioner, Fausto Solaro del Borgo, he wanted to see for himself the work that the Italian Relief Corps volunteers had carried out during the recent traumatic days. In the operations room 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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