Malteser International has implemented health and nutrition projects in the following countries:
Health & Nutrition
Traditionally the sector of health is a core competence of Malteser International. In close cooperation with local authorities and partner organisations, the Order of Malta’s worldwide relief service establishes and promotes primary health care services covering curative care, communicable disease control, health management and financing, medical emergencies and the responsible use of medicines. Special attention is given to reproductive health and health education as well as to the fight against HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
As the general health of a population is closely related to its nutritional status, Malteser International integrates programme components to prevent and to treat malnutrition and to improve food security.
For example: Developing a functional health system in Ariwara
Since 2006, Malteser International has been participating in the health system development programme of the Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo financed by the European Union. Its main objective is to help reinstall a functional health system with health centres offering quality primary health care services, a regular supply of subsidised drugs, one referral hospital per health zone offering quality secondary health care and with independent structures for health service financing at a regional level. Knowing that the intervention area is about the size of Belgium but without nearly any infrastructure, the objectives are challenging. Nevertheless, remarkable results have been achieved over the years.