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

Order of Malta

Disaster Relief & Prevention

Emergency aid and long-term sustainable development

Almost 107 million people were affected by disasters in 2014, the majority in the developing world. While we cannot prevent natural catastrophes from happening, nor the risks that they present, promoting a culture of ‘prevention’ over a culture of ‘reaction’ can reduce the damage left in their wake. By focusing on Disaster Risk Reduction we can implement measures to ensure communities are prepared when disasters strike. Through its prevention programmes the Order of Malta reaches out to people who are least able to flee: the elderly and disabled. Recent emergency interventions have taken place in Nepal after severe earthquakes, the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, the Horn of Africa struck by famine and across Europe where our Relief Corps respond to floods and extreme weather. Long-term sustainable development projects are ongoing in the regions of Asia laid waste by the tsunami and in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and the second most densely populated.

Disaster Relief & Prevention - Latest Interventions

  • 05/09/2012

    Tropical Storm Isaac hits, causing devastation

    Tropical Storm Isaac, the most violent storm to hit Haiti since the earthquake in 2010, has crossed over the country causing severe flooding and destruction. At least 24 people have died, 42 were wounded and more than 16,000 people had to be evacuated. In response to this crisis situation, the Order of Malta’s worldwide relief […]

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  • 27/08/2012

    Medical Assistance for the Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

    The Order of Malta helps families fleeing from the violence The flow of refugees pouring into Lebanon to escape the violence in Syria has been steadily increasing for months. In Khaldieh – 40 kilometres from Tripoli – the health centre of the Order of Malta’s Lebanese Association is currently providing free care to over 500 […]

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  • 03/08/2012

    A year after South Sudan’s independence, health sector faces difficulties

    Malteser International builds 35 new health care centres Just a year after South Sudan independence, the Order of Malta’s worldwide humanitarian aid service, Malteser International, reports significant progress in the work in the region. But it also recognises the need for patience in its attempt to integrate health care services into the young country’s health […]

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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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