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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 bird flu information campaign continues

    Thanks to new funds, the Order of Malta’s Emergency Corps can continue its bird flue prevention campaign in the Mae La Oon and Mae Luang Ra refugee camps. The project, running up to September 2009, aims to reduce the risk of bird flu infection in the two refugee camps on the Thailand-Myanmar border in which […]

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  • Credentials presented by Morocco, Chile, Uruguay and Slovenia


    Health Expedition

    Twenty-eight members of the Order of Malta’s Cuban Association visited the Dominican Republic from 9 to 13 October to provide health services to the residents of one of the poorest regions in the country. Over 2,500 men, women, elderly and children were examined during these four days. The Order’s team of doctors included cardiologists, pediatricians, […]

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  • Reduction infant mortality


    Reduction of infant mortality

    In Cambodia, Malteser International is engaged in reducing the high rate of infant mortality by improving childbirth services, especially in rural areas. The Order of Malta’s Relief Corps cooperates, in various villages, with TBAs, Traditional Birth Attendants, and MSGs, Mother Support Groups, local organizations that help women before and after birth. Malteser International also organises […]

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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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