This website uses technical and assimilated cookies as well as user-profiling third party cookies in a grouped format to simplify online navigation and to protect the use of services. To find out more or to refuse consent to the use of one or any of the cookies, click here. Closing this banner, browsing this page or clicking on anything will be taken as consent to the use of cookies.


Order of Malta Australia


South Sudan: Half a 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 as farming tools for the next planting season.

“Immediate food aid was necessary because the current food crisis has already turned into a disaster for the starving population,” says Jan Gruss, who coordinates the relief efforts for Malteser International. “The faster we act, the higher the chances of saving the life of thousands of children.”

As families suddenly had to flee the violence in their homeland, many arrived at the refugee camps in Maridi with nothing but the clothes on their backs. “We’ve distributed water containers, cups, plates, bowls, anything they need to survive,” Gruss says. Malteser International has supported the health care system in the region since 2008.

The conflict between government troops and rebels, which escalated last December, is the cause of the acute food crisis. “Because of the violence, one million South Sudanese had to leave their homes and fields behind and were not able to plant their crops, so the food supply is dramatically low,” Gruss reports. Poor infrastructure and the start of the rainy season have hampered the relief efforts. “The rain crippled large parts of the supply routes – many roads are impassable during the rainy season, but we need to reach people now,” he adds.

In neighboring Uganda, where thousands of South Sudanese sought refuge since the start of the crisis, Malteser International is helping improve the water supply for 11,000 residents at the Rhino refugee camp. The agency set up rainwater harvesting tanks and built additional wells and tap stations

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.