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Northwest Syria: Increase in COVID-19 cases overwhelms health capacities

COLOGNE. As cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) rise in Northwest Syria, Malteser International is calling for increased capacity and support for health workers to respond.

In two weeks, COVID-19 infections in the region have risen by 70%, with over 12,000 people testing positive and 95 confirmed deaths as of November 23. Even before the pandemic, medical facilities, most of which are run by aid organizations, were already overstretched by the enormous humanitarian needs, but now any limits have been far exceeded.

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Malteser International bids farewell to outgoing Secretary General Ingo Radtke

COLOGNE. After more than twenty years as the operational head of Malteser International, Ingo Radtke today hands over the office of Secretary General to Clemens Graf von Mirbach-Harff, marking his retirement. "His leadership has helped to create an organization whose record of service to the poor and the sick is in the best traditions of the Order of Malta," said Thierry Comte de Beaumont-Beynac, President of Malteser International. "He leaves behind a legacy that speaks for itself, and of which he can be proud."

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Three years after mass expulsion from Myanmar, the plight of the Rohingya continues

August 25, 2020 marks three years since the Rohingya people fled violence and persecution in Rakhine State in Myanmar. Three years on, the vast majority remain in sprawling refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh with bleak prospects for their health and development. Malteser International is calling for a sustainable solution for a safe and dignified return of the Rohingya to their home country, Myanmar.


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Malteser International launches emergency response in Lebanon

On August 4, 2020 a massive explosion at the port of Beirut devastated communities in the Lebanese capital. The blast has killed nearly 170 people and injured some 6,000 people. The devastation to the city and to the people cannot be understated.  Hospitals have sustained heavy damage, and they are overwhelmed with the number of people now needing medical help. Many people are also suffering from trauma and anxiety as a result of the disaster.

Malteser International is responding to the crisis and working closely with its long-term partner the Lebanese Association of the Knights of Malta (LAKM) Order to provide relief to those affected.

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The situation in the Idlib border region is becoming increasingly acute. For months thousands of people have been waiting in tents, in rain and snow. Everything is in short supply – especially blankets, food and medicine. They urgently need our help. Count Douglas Saurma-Jeltsch, President of Malteser International Europe, asks for your support.

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