Malteser International and the Order of Malta network provide help for refugees and displaced persons worldwide
Cologne. The number of refugees and displaced persons around the world continues to increase every year. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates there are now almost 70 million people forcibly displaced across the globe, including over 22 million refugees.
Malteser International warns of growing humanitarian catastrophe in DR Congo
Cologne/Kinshasa. On Thursday 17th May the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo spread to Mbandaka, a city of more than one million people, prompting fears from medical experts that the outbreak will be harder to deal with than anticipated. The Congolese Ministry of Health was able to confirm 25 deaths from Ebola by the morning of Friday 18th May.
Cologne. After seven years, the unabated violence of the Syrian civil war continues to cause monumental suffering for millions of civilians in the Middle East.
Mega camp at risk from flooding and landslides in the upcoming monsoon season
Cologne/ Cox’s Bazar. Malteser International believes that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh may remain in the country for many years to come. “They have faced serious human rights violations. Their villages have been razed and burned down. Almost every refugee in the camp has lost a relative,” says Cordula Wasser, Asia Team Leader at Malteser International. The massive mega camp will also be at risk from flooding and mudslides when the monsoon season comes.
Second round of peace talks to end civil war begins
Cologne/Manila. Malteser International is preparing to respond to the needs of people who have fled their homes in fear of a volcanic eruption from Mount Mayon in the province of Albay, Philippines. More than 25,000 people have been evacuated from areas within eight kilometers of Mayon Volcano after a directive from the national civil defense authority.
Cologne/Idlib. The civil war in of Syria seemed to be in its final stages after the recapture of Aleppo by regime forces, but civilians are still suffering staggering violence as fighting intensifies in other embattled areas.
Humanitarian Organizations call for immediate humanitarian access to those in need:
One month since the 25 August attacks and subsequent security response, INGOs in Myanmar are increasingly concerned about severe restrictions on humanitarian access and impediments to the delivery of critically needed humanitarian assistance throughout Rakhine State.
Cologne/Mexico City. Malteser International is prepared to support relief efforts in Mexico following the devastating earthquake that struck on September 19. A team of volunteers from the local aid service of the Order of Malta has been dispatched to Mexico City to provide urgent rescue and first-aid measures. The magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit central and southern Mexico, killing over 240 people and destroying many buildings, including the headquarters of the Mexican Association of the Order of Malta as well as a school run by its aid service in the country.
Cologne. The civil war in South Sudan has taken its toll on neighboring country Uganda. The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda has now reached the million mark. Many of these refugees make the journey across the border, not just because of the Uganda’s proximity, but also as a result of the country’s welcoming approach to hosting refugees. “Uganda has provided a true and outstanding neighborly aid”, said Alexander Tacke-Köster, Program Coordination for Malteser International in Uganda.
Malteser International starts distribution of life-saving Non-Food-Item kits to newly displaced persons in Tal Afar district
Cologne. Malteser International is appealing to the general public to make donations for the needy in Africa. Around 24 million people on the continent are currently facing starvation and their situation is becoming increasingly critical. “Climate change is not solely responsible for the current hunger crisis. Violent conflict, unequal distribution, and poor governance are also contributing factors.” said Sid Peruvemba, Vice-Secretary General of Malteser International.
Cologne. Two years after the Ebola epidemic claimed more than 10,000 lives in West Africa, a renewed outbreak of the disease has been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Three people have died after contracting the deadly virus in the country’s north-eastern province of Bas-Uélé. Very few aid organizations are active in Bas- Uélé, which makes rapid international aid very difficult. Just like the World Health Organization, Malteser International now supports local health facilities in the province to prevent further spread of the virus and loss of lives.
Malteser International helps children in Kenya and South Sudan
This report aims to share good practices and stories of change from Rakhine State in Myanmar with regard to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). The stories were collected from villages participating in a project implemented jointly by Malteser International and the Community Empowerment and Resilience Association (CERA) in Rakhine State. The study was conducted to support and inspire action, create discussion and promote further cooperation.
Malteser International distributes tents and blankets in Idlib
Renewed air attacks on besieged city’s last pediatric hospital
International organizations fear more than one million people could be affected
Cologne: It is feared that the ongoing Coalition military offensive against ISIS in Mosul will have enormous consequences for civilians displaced from their homes and caught in the crossfire. Malteser International is expanding its emergency relief efforts at what are anticipated to be among the first arrival points for people fleeing from Mosul and surrounding areas.
Flooding leads to concerns of potential epidemic
Staff on the ground mobilize aid to help people affected by severe flooding
Cologne/Miami: Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti at around 7am local time on Tuesday, unleashing widespread destruction and flooding. Malteser International staff on the ground are mobilizing aid in order to help those affected.