Malteser International is the relief agency of the Sovereign Order of Malta for humanitarian aid. With over 100 projects annually in some 25 countries throughout Africa, Asia and the Americas, we provide emergency relief after disasters and support recovery efforts with a focus on sustainable development. For nearly 60 years, Malteser International has been standing by those affected by poverty, disease, conflict and disaster, helping them lead a healthy life with dignity – without distinction of religion, race or political persuasion. Christian values and the humanitarian principles are the foundation of our work.
Malteser International is a non-governmental organization with headquarters in Europe and America. The organization’s General Secretariat as well as its European headquarters are located in Cologne, Germany. The American headquarters are based in Miami, Florida, USA. The international network of the Order of Malta plays an essential role in our work, allowing us to help people in need quickly and efficiently. Currently, 25 national associations and priories of the Order of Malta are members of Malteser International.
Cooperation and participation are vital elements of our approach to humanitarian aid. Through a close collaboration with local communities, national and international partners as well as our donors, we ensure our projects are sustainable and efficient. Transparency, accountability and the compliance with international standards of humanitarian aid are the fundamental basis for the quality of our programs.
Malteser International - For a life in health and dignity
We support long-term and future-oriented development by combining short-term relief measures with a holistic and sustainable approach in the following areas:
- Providing emergency relief after disasters, helping communities rebuild and recover;
- Establishing and promoting primary health care services and nutrition programs;
- Ensuring access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH);
- Helping people secure their livelihoods through social programs that reduce vulnerability and poverty;
- Reducing the risks of disaster, especially at the community level.