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

  • 26/12/2014

    Ten years after the tsunami disaster in southern Asia

    Photocall: Malteser International interventions tell the story in pictures On December 26th 2004 South East Asia was struck by an earthquake, magnitude scale nine. The worst earthquake in recent history, it killed over 230,000 people in 13 countries – 168,000 in Indonesia alone – and left 1.5 million homeless. Exactly ten years have passed since […]

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  • 26/09/2014

    Fra’ Matthew Festing and Abdou Diouf focus on the great humanitarian emergencies

    Fra’ Matthew Festing, Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, received  Abdou Diouf,  Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie, today in Rome. Their talks focused on the agreement signed in Paris last May establishing a reference framework  for cooperation between  La Francophonie and the Order of Malta in their relative areas […]

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  • 19/09/2014

    Nearly a year after typhoon Haiyan

    An interview with the Order of Malta Ambassador to the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan: 14.1 million people affected, about 10,000 dead, 4.1 million displaced and coastal towns in several provinces completely destroyed. The Philippine Association of the Sovereign Order of Malta, together with Malteser International, the relief agency of the Order, has been involved in the […]

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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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