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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

  • 22/06/2008

    The Order’s aid in Myanmar for cyclone victims continues

    60,000 in Yangon gain access to safe drinking water An after effect of cyclone Nargis is polluted water. Order of Malta Emergency Relief teams have been able to set up water purification systems in Yangon, which mean safe drinking water for 60,000 people. The teams are also providing first aid and medical treatment for the […]

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  • 06/06/2008

    Help for flood victims

    fter the recent Alma and Arthur storms, the government of Guatemala has started to distribute the 38 tonnes of food donated by the Order of Malta and the UN World Food Programme to some 20,000 flood victims. The national disaster response agency (CONRED) has organised the transport of the food in trucks to the most […]

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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

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Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta

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