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  • Third reception centre for the homeless opens in Belgium
    After Brussels and Liège, another reception centre for the homeless is opening in Ghent, northern Belgium. This is the third ‘La Fontaine’ centre run by the Order of Malta’s Belgian Association. The first was created 18 years ago in the capital Brussels to support people living on the streets; the second was opened 3 years later in Liège.
  • Hungary: medical care for families isolated by poverty
    Across Hungary the Order of Malta’s Charity Service (MMSz) is sending its doctors to isolated communities living in great poverty. In the Roma settlement of Monor, southeast of Budapest, a third of residents suffer from high blood pressure, many are in urgent need of dental treatment and between 15-20% of children are visually impaired. Every week MMSz medic […]
  • Floods in Bulgaria: the Order’s Embassy in Sofia organizes volunteers and emergency aid
    In Bulgaria the torrential rain and flash flooding in July and August and again during last week have caused the death of fifteen people and forced thousands to leave their devastated homes. Besides the hundreds of houses, many other community buildings, such as orphanages, schools and homes for the elderly, were also destroyed. Camillo Zuccoli, the Sovereig […]
  • Iraq crisis: Malteser International expands aid outreach
    Number of displaced and refugees continues to rise The number of displaced people and refugee camps in north Iraq continues to rise, according to the latest reports from the relief team of Malteser International, worldwide relief agency of the Sovereign Order of Malta. Thousands of civilians - predominantly Christians, Yazidi, Arabs and Syrian refugees - hav […]
  • Liberia: the Order of Malta sends medical supplies for the Ebola emergency
    According to the latest figures the virus has killed 1,900 people in west Africa The Sovereign Order of Malta’s Ebola kit containing medicines and healthcare products arrived in Monrovia, Liberia on 2 September last. The kit mainly consists of supplies for the protection and hygiene of the local population and medical personnel in hospitals and healthcare pr […]
  • South Sudan: Half of population at risk of famine
    Malteser International distributes food, seeds to displaced population In South Sudan’s Western Equatoria, Malteser International is distributing staple foods such as corn, rice, beans, and cooking oil to 7,500 people at risk of starvation after being displaced by the country’s civil war. In addition, the agency is distributing corn and peanut seeds as well […]
  • Iraq crisis: Order of Malta delivers container clinic and medical aid to camps
    Over the last few days, Malteser International has delivered drugs, medical supplies, wheelchairs and water filtration to two refugee camps in Ankawa, a suburb of Erbil in northern Iraq. The relief agency of the Order of Malta also delivered a shipping container clinic to the health centre of Mart Shmoni church, where gravely ill patients can be cared for an […]
  • 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 camps […]
  • Hungary: the day the fall of the iron curtain changed history
    Hungary and the Order of Malta celebrate the Order’s key role in supporting East German refugees. Messages of Angela Merkel and Fra’ Matthew Festing. On August 14, 1989, the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta set up in the garden of Zugliget parish church in Budapest the first refugee camp to deal with the tens of thousands of East German refuge […]
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    The Order of Malta’s hospital in Bethlehem sends essential medicines to the general hospital on the Gaza Strip The recent conflict in Gaza has been devastating in terms of 2000 lives lost,  9500 wounded and almost a quarter of the population displaced. All the infrastructure (electricity, access to water, transport, health and schools) has been seriously dam […]

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