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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

  • Credentials presented by Morocco, Chile, Uruguay and Slovenia


    Sri Lanka: tsunami rehabilitation continues

    Malteser International continues its support work in Sri Lanka, in spite of the increasing lack of security. ‘Attacks used to be directed towards army bases, but now the civil population is also targeted,’ says Maren Paech, project coordinator in Sri Lanka. Violence and attacks have spread in the Trincomalee District, but project activities are continuing […]

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  • 05/01/2006

    Helicopter help for 1000 stranded families in the Himalayas

    Helicopters are the only way to bring in food and shelters to the stranded communities in the remote Palas Valley, Himalaya region of Pakistan. Malteser International has added this programme to the assistance it is already providing for victims of the earthquake-affected South Asia. The team is flying in 10,000 corrugated iron sheets and insulation […]

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  • The Order of Malta's international medical and relief action


    The Order of Malta’s international medical and relief action

    CONFERENCE Rome, 5 December 2005, Palazzo Marini – Chamber of Deputies Ruins that before the tsunami were villages and towns in India, Cambogia and Vietnam. Villages in the deserts of Niger and Mali, the last outposts of people decimated by famine. Shelters for the homeless in Belgium, where so many victims of marginalization and poverty […]

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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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