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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

  • 21/01/2005

    Order of Malta aid to tsunami victims

    Within hours of the tsunami devastation in South and South-East Asia, the Emergency Corps of the Order of Malta (ECOM) and its local partners were on the ground with 420 trained aid workers in India and Thailand, operating with local partners to help the most vulnerable victims of the catastrophe. In India, by the end […]

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  • 31/12/2004

    Order of Malta asian earthquake appeal

    With the death toll at 120,000 and increasing by the hour, the number of injured at half a million, the most pressing issue now is to provide help to survivors to Sunday’s devastating tsunami. Official sources today warned that between 3 million and 5 million people in Southeast Asia are without basic services. These vulnerable […]

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  • 28/12/2004

    Help for tsunami victims

    A humanitarian relief operation organised by the Emergency Corps of the Order of Malta (ECOM), is underway in the countries hit by the disastrous Asian earthquake. ECOM is currently assessing the situation and priority needs in order to estimate the means immediately required, focusing on relief measures for India and Thailand, countries where ECOM has […]

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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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