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

Order of Malta

Diseases & Epidemics

Treating neglected diseases across five continents

Hansen’s disease or leprosy is a ‘Disease of Poverty’ that can be cured. Widely stigmatised throughout the centuries and still today, leprosy occurs in conditions of severe poverty – of malnutrition, overcrowding and lack of care. In the last fifty years the Order of Malta has fought for its eradication whilst caring for the afflicted. Today, research programmes for the care and rehabilitation of people with leprosy are operational, especially in Africa, South East Asia and South America.
The Order continues its work in combating major epidemics of tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS – still the prime causes of death in Africa. Its relief corps in South Africa provides life-changing HAART drugs for people living with HIV, regularly taking medicines via its mobile clinic to patients living alone in poverty and isolation. Malteser International fights against moderate and severe malnutrition in children in northern Uganda, where droughts and overpopulation have had disastrous effects. In Haiti – where the Order of Malta has been active since 1995 – cholera-prevention programmes are vital to stop the spread of the disease.


Disease & Epidemics- Latest Interventions

  • 26/06/2015

    Vietnam: New Project for Treating and Rehabilitating Leprosy Patients

    The project launched thanks to a generous donation from the Republic of China (Taiwan) To step up prevention and develop rehabilitation therapies for leprosy patients in Vietnam: this is the ambitious project of Ordre de Malte France, present in Vietnam for over 40 years with leprosy treatment and prevention programmes. Thanks to a generous donation […]

    Read all
  • 30/03/2015

    Order of Malta on the frontline in leprosy treatment

    Inaugurated in Cambodia a new department for treating plantar ulcers Ordre de Malte France’s new department for plantar ulcers was officially inaugurated on 27 February in Battambang province, Cambodia. The pavilion specialises in leprosy patients with pathologies that often involve feet deformities. It was built inside the hospital complex of the Battambang district in the […]

    Read all

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

2

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

Magistral Palace, Via Condotti, 68 Rome - Italy

Tel. +39.06.67581.1 | info@orderofmalta.int