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

Disease & epidemics


Leprosy, a disease surrounded by poverty, ignorance and shame

Hansen’s disease, more commonly known as leprosy, still exists and causes suffering, social exclusion and death in over 150 countries. This is why it is still absolutely necessary to continue to fight this disease and the prejudice surrounding it.


42 grants awarded on St John’s Day by the Global Fund for Forgotten People to help the most disadvantaged around the world

On the occasion of Saint John the Baptist, the patron of the Order of Malta celebrated on 24 June, the Global Fund for Forgotten People (GFFP) – set up with the aim of providing financial support to the many worldwide activities of the Order – reached the number of 42 grants, to date the largest grant cycle ever awarded.

Latest interventions

Cyclone Idai: Malteser International sends team to Mozambique

Emergency relief team of highly experienced professionals from Malteser International will leave for Mozambique following Cyclone Idai which has caused catastrophic flooding, killed hundreds of people, and affected hundreds of thousands of others in Mozambique and neighboring countries.

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Miss Cambodia winners join the Leprosy Awareness Campaign

To promote knowledge about the illness and remove the stigma: this is the purpose of the awareness day on Hansen’s disease, commonly known as leprosy, organized by the Ciomal Foundation (Order of Malta International Campaign against Leprosy) on 10 July last in the Kien Khlang rehabilitation centre, in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.

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Ebola emergency in DR Congo. Malteser International working to prevent the spreading of the disease

On Thursday 17th May the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo was detected in Mbandaka, a city of more than one million people, prompting fears from medical experts that the outbreak will be harder to deal with than anticipated

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World Leprosy Day: French volunteers take to the streets. 650,000 euro raised in 2017

Every two minutes a new case of leprosy is diagnosed in some part of the world. Contrary to common belief, Hansen’s Disease – the bacterial infection generally called leprosy – is present in 140 countries and continues to infect people, especially in some areas such as Asia and Africa, where half the world’s cases are recorded.


A year in numbers in Malteser International’s Activity Report: from aiding refugees to preventing natural disasters

From the humanitarian emergencies in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan to the more silent crises occurring far from the media spotlight, such as those in Pakistan, Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Towards Holistic Care for People with Hansen’s disease, Respectful of their Dignity” An International Conference in Rome

In preparation for the Jubilee of Sick and Disabled Persons, an International conference is being held in Rome on June 8th and 9th.

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Diabetes: new health challenge in low-income countries

This year World Health Organization dedicates World Health Day to diabetes.