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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

  • 26/03/2005

    Afghanistan: emergency relief for 400 families

    Last February, the Order of Malta’s German Emergency Corps (Malteser) distributed food, soap, blankets, kerosene cookers and winter clothing to about 200 Afghan refugee families. These returnees from Iran and Pakistan live in emergency shelters in a camp on the outskirts of Kabul. “In total, we have reached about 1,400 people, including 800 children,” states […]

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  • 23/03/2005

    Cambodia: self-help initiatives to support referrals to health centres and hospital

    The Order of Malta’s German Emergency Corps is implementing a Village Emergency Referral project, supported by the Cambodian Canadian Health and Nutrition Initiatives Fund, in Oddar Meanchey Province in north-west Cambodia. Since 1st February 2005, volunteers in the 45 remotest villages have been trained in basic first-aid and referral plans are being set up. Due […]

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  • 04/02/2005

    Disaster in Congo: mulonda’s baby

    Mulonda holds her little baby in her arms, a skinny little boy, less than 2000 g in weight. Where it should be a moment of bliss between a mother and her child, in reality it is a personal disaster. The young Congolese girl is just 13 years old and her son is the result 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

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

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