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

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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

  • 22/08/2014

    Iraq crisis: Medicines for 10,000 displaced Christians and minorities

    Back to school means thousands of displaced will soon be homeless Malteser International, the worldwide relief agency of the Order of Malta, will secure medical assistance for 10,000 displaced Christians and minorities in north Iraq over a period of three months. A shipment containing drugs, medical supplies and hygiene items will be distributed to the […]

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  • 18/04/2014

    The Grand Master in South Africa

    The Order of Malta’s relief unit in South Africa, the “Brotherhood of Blessed Gerard”, has been operating in Mandeni, 100 km north of Durban, since 1992. The health personnel and the over thousand volunteers are active in numerous sectors, but their main mission remains treating and assisting HIV/AIDS patients.  The KwaZulu/Natal region holds a depressing […]

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  • 27/01/2014

    World Leprosy Day: Ordre de Malte France takes to the streets to raise funds

    The 61st World Leprosy Day was celebrated on Sunday 26 January. An opportunity to review treatment for the disease and to promote the rights of those it has affected, especially in India, Brazil and Indonesia. Ordre de Malte France, in the vanguard in treating and assisting leprosy patients, organized a campaign to finance research on […]

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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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