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

  • 31/07/2013

    South Sudan: Training tomorrow’s health professionals

    New Order of Malta Rumbek Health Training School qualifies much needed nurses and lab technicians Even as South Sudan celebrated its second Independence Day this month, the country continues to face major hurdles on its path to development. With some of the poorest health indicators in the world, progress in the country’s health sector continues […]

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  • 03/07/2013

    New Order of Malta Medical Centre opens in Poznań

    A brand new four storey clinic built by the Polish Association of the Order of Malta and totally financed through donations and appeals was consecrated on 24 June by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Poznań, H.E.Stanisław Gądecki. The clinic is in the grounds of the Church of St. John of Jerusalem Outside the Walls, donated to […]

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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

Magistral Palace, Via Condotti, 68 Rome - Italy

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