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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

  • 04/05/2002

    Food and health aids for the cuban population

    The Joint Committee that was formed in 1995 as the result of an agreement between the Order of Malta and the Cuban government met in Rome on May 2-3. The purpose of the meeting, which was held in the main office in Palazzo Magistrale, was to update the situation of the distribution of food and […]

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  • 31/05/2001

    The Order’s Embassy in Bosnia Herzegovina sends medical supplies to the Sv.Vinko Paulski centre

    The new Catholic hospital ‘Sv. Vinko Paulski’, whose construction was promoted by Cardinal Pulji, Archbishop of Vrhbosna-Sarajevo, recently received medical supplies for its orthopaedics division from the Ambassador of the Order of Malta in Bosnia Herzegovina, Lorenzo Tacchella. The centre has been provided with 20 adjustable beds, eight wheelchairs, a cardiac defibrillator, a sphygmomanometer and […]

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  • 15/12/2000

    Rehabilitation: diseases and therapies without frontiers

    First international medical conference of countries of the mediterranean basin on rehabilitation therapies – organised by the Accademia Internazionale Melitense in Fort St. Angelo, Malta, under the distinguished patronage of the Grand Master of the Order of Malta and of the President of Malta. For the Order of Malta, international understanding of the word ‘peace’ […]

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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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