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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

  • 19/10/2015

    Nepal earthquake six months on: unrest and approaching winter worsen the situation

    Since the introduction of the new Nepalese constitution, political friction has led to unrest in Nepal’s Terai region. Six months after the devastating earthquake, blockades on the border between India and Nepal are making the aid efforts of the Order of Malta’s worldwide relief agency, Malteser International, increasingly difficult. “The trucks with our building materials […]

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  • 29/07/2015

    Three months after the earthquake: Nepal needs long-term international aid

    Malteser International provides emergency relief for 33,000 people In the first three months after the severe earthquake which hit Nepal on the 25th April 2015, Malteser International, the Order of Malta worldwide relief agency, provided emergency aid for around 33,000 people. In the especially hard-hit districts of Sindhupalchok and Khavre north east of the capital, […]

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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

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

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