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

Humanitarian & medical works


Snow and glacial temperatures in Sofia as Order of Malta helps the homeless

Always in the vanguard in helping the most disadvantaged people in Bulgaria, the Order of Malta is especially busy during the colder months. Active since November is the "Hot Meals" project, distributed by the Order’s volunteers to numerous rough sleepers every Thursday in one of the largest markets in the Bulgarian capital Sofia


Volcano eruption Tonga: Order of Malta providing emergency aid

The volcanic eruption on 15 January almost completely covered the island state of Tonga, in the South Pacific, with a thick layer of ash. Over 80 percent of the population, about 84,000 people, have been affected by the effects of the volcanic eruption and are in dire need of assistance.


Towards the 69th International Leprosy Day

On 28, 29 and 30 January, the Order of Malta will be taking part in the 69th World Leprosy Day. Leprosy, or Hansen disease, is one of the neglected diseases which is still present in many countries in the world.


Malteser International helps schoolgirls in South Sudan to protect themselves from Covid-19

Malteser International – the Order of Malta’s worldwide relief agency – has launched a project in 23 schools in South Sudan to raise awareness among schoolgirls on how to protect themselves from Covid-19 infections.


Covid-19 Medal instituted

To express gratitude to those who provide assistance in an emergency situation, the Sovereign Council has established the ‘Sovereign Order of Malta Campaign Medal', which complements the Order pro Merito Melitensi.


Order of Malta’s embassy in Mauritania organises mission in support new First Aid Service

In partnership with the Mauritanian Ministry of Health, the Embassy of the Order of Malta in Mauritania organised a mission to Nouakchott from 5 to 13 December, in the framework of the establishment of a future Mauritanian first Aid Service and to train first aid and ambulance trainers.


Order of Malta’s Relief Organisation in Lithuania helping Afghani families

The Order of Malta’s Relief Organisation in Lithuania is more and more involved in the integration processes of Afghani people who have fled their country and are now seeking protection in Lithuania.


Baby Mahmoud, one of the many preterm babies taken care of at the Holy Family Hospital

Mahmoud is a tiny baby who was born premature at the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem last August. His mother, Saja, had already had three baby boys all delivered at the Order of Malta’s maternity hospital.


Vaccinations in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna

To counter the new wave of Covid infections, the Austrian government imposed a total lockdown on 22 November. At the same time the demand for vaccination increased exponentially. On the initiative of Cardinal Christoph Schönborn - Metropolitan Archbishop of Vienna and Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Order of Malta - a Covid-19 vaccination centre was set up in St Stephen’s cathedral in Vienna.