The Order of Malta is permanently present with medical, social and humanitarian projects in most countries in the world.
Its 13,500 members, 95,000 permanent volunteers and qualified staff of 52,000 professionals – most of whom are medical personnel and paramedics – form an efficient network that includes everything from emergency relief for refugees and the displaced living through war and conflict, to intervention in areas hit by natural disasters, hospital work, medical care and social services.
Its programmes, run independently or within a framework of partnerships with governments and international agencies, are now active in 120 countries.
Aid for the victims of natural catastrophes and armed conflicts has intensified in recent decades. Through its National Associations, volunteer corps and worldwide relief agency, Malteser International, the Order of Malta provides emergency medical and humanitarian aid and works with the affected populations to implement reconstruction and disaster preparedness programmes.