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Order of Malta Australia


The Order of Malta's ongoing response to the Refugee Crisis


Below are examples of some, but not all, of the works being undertaken by the Order of Malta to support the 59.5 million refugees and immigrants who have been displaced worldwide.

Refugee map


Refugees receive medical care in temporary camps. In Vienna, volunteers provide aid to refugees arriving by train.


Burkina Faso

The Order manages eight ambulance centres in Burkina Faso. The centres respond to 2,300 calls each year, many from refugee camps near the Malian Border.


Czech Republic

The Order is providing financial help for refugees. Preparing and creating a network with other organisations in preparation for the influx of refugees.



The French Association runs a project to help the integration of refugees; most are from Iraq and Syria.



Malteser Werke runs over 20 refugee facilities with over 6,200 beds. Caring for 50,000 refugees per day, providing: food, clothing and language lessons.


The Aegean Sea

The Italian Relief Corps patrol the sea separating Greece from Turkey, a route for thousands of Syrians.


The Mediterranean

Since 2008, the Italian Relief Corps has patrolled the Mediterranean Sea. Rescuing survivors from the sea has become a daily duty for the Order’s doctors.



Malteser International has been working in Iraq for over a decade running health centres. They also offer healthcare for displaced people and other support: providing food; education; livelihoods; shelter; water and sanitation.



Over one million refugees are registered in Lebanon. The Order operates medical centres close to the most concentrated refugee areas, providing constant medical support and care. The Lebanese Association has just launched a new Mobile Medical Unit in the northern border region of Wadi Khaled.



Armed conflict has forced over 475,000 people to flee Mali. The French Association supplies medicines, hygiene products, food and clothing to over 300,000 IPDs.



The Order provides emergency medical relief at a camp containing some of the 120,000 Rohingyas, who have fled from religious persecution.


South Sudan

Malteser International has aided over 12,000 refugees, building pumps for clean drinking water, and distributing food packages and household items to 7,500 IDPs in Maridi county.



For the past 5 years, Syrians have been migrating to avoid conflict. Malteser International, in cooperation with local partners, provides medical teams, start-up kits and winter relief measures to 24,000 IDP families.



Malteser International runs a 47-bed mobile clinic at Kilis, providing medical and psychosocial support to ill and injured refugees. A community centre offers language classes to help communication between refugees and their hosts.



Malteser International has helped to improve the water supply for 12,000 residents at the Rhino refugee camps. They have provided beds for a health centre and medicines for refugees.


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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.