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

Diseases & Epidemics

Treating neglected diseases across five continents

Hansen’s disease or leprosy is a ‘Disease of Poverty’ that can be cured. Widely stigmatised throughout the centuries and still today, leprosy occurs in conditions of severe poverty – of malnutrition, overcrowding and lack of care. In the last fifty years the Order of Malta has fought for its eradication whilst caring for the afflicted.

Today, research programmes for the care and rehabilitation of people with leprosy are operational, especially in Africa, South East Asia and South America.

The Order continues its work in combating major epidemics of tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS – still the prime causes of death in Africa. Its relief corps in South Africa provides life-changing HAART drugs for people living with HIV, regularly taking medicines via its mobile clinic to patients living alone in poverty and isolation. Again in South Africa, the Order runs a facility in Mendani for children whom the spread of HIV/AIDs has made orphans.

Over recent years Malteser International has also been active in preventing the Ebola virus from spreading in the Democratic Republic of Congo, working in close cooperation with the World Health Organization and local health authorities.

Malteser International fights against moderate and severe malnutrition in children in northern Uganda, where droughts and overpopulation have had disastrous effects. In Haiti – where the Order of Malta has been active since 1995 – cholera-prevention programmes are vital to stop the spread of the disease.

Disease & Epidemics- Latest Interventions

  • Credentials presented by Morocco, Chile, Uruguay and Slovenia


    The Order of Malta in the Swine Flu Vaccination Campaign

    The Order of Malta’s volunteers in France have offered their services in the vaccination campaign against the AH1N1 virus infection, working in teams of nine to staff the Eure prefecture’s call centre. During their four-hour shifts they reply to the 600,000 people who have been called for vaccinations, booking them an appointment in one of […]

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  • 01/12/2009

    World AIDS day: in India HIV is fought on the trains

    Tamil Nadu is one of the Indian regions with the greatest number of AIDS victims. According to the latest United Nations statistics, some 2,500,000 Indians have HIV and 80% of them do not know they have contracted the virus nor how it is passed on. This is why Malteser International, the Order of Malta’s International […]

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  • Credentials presented by Morocco, Chile, Uruguay and Slovenia


    Ivan can hope again

    For Ivan Voloder, born nine years ago in Bosnia-Herzegovina, there weren’t many hopes of being able to live a normal life: Ivan was born with Hirschsprung’s Disease, a rare congential disorder that affects one in 4,000 children worldwide. Missing nerve cells in his intestine meant he couldn’t expel his waste normally. He needed surgery to […]

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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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