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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

  • 22/08/2007

    Helping Peruvian child victims of the recent earthquake

    The Order’s local organisations step in Following the dramatic earthquake (7.9 on the Richter scale) which has ravaged the southern coast of Perù, the voluntary relief service of the Peruvian Association of the Order of Malta has immediately started collecting the most needed items for the victims. The Peruvian Malteser volunteers will bring the relief […]

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  • 14/06/2006

    Volcano Merapi: Malteser International on emergency standby

    Support for earthquake victims continues to involve the Malteser teams ‘We’re ready, if a new and stronger eruption happens at any time,’ Volker Stapke, project coordinator for Malteser International in Java declares. ‘If it blows, we’ll immediately send medical staff to an evacuation point defined by the government, ready to provide first aid for evacuees.’ […]

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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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