Home
Order of Malta
Photo Gallery
Programme
Commitee
Acknowlegement
Selected Hotels
Sponsors
Silent Auction
Register Online
Contact
 
  ORDER OF MALTA  
     

The proceedings of the International Games will be devolved to assist one of the many services that the Order of Malta provides for the disabled. In particular it will be funding the Children’s Train in Germany and to the Wamba project which is a project that will develop a convoy of water system to reach the Wamba area in Kenya.

The proceeds from the Winter Games 2011 were used in part to fund the International Summer Camp for the young disabled and in part to fund the Children's train of the Order of Malta in Germany.

Here below is some history and information on the Order of Malta taken from www.orderofmalta.org/english.

The Order of St John of Jerusalem is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisation. Present in Palestine in around 1050, it is a lay religious Order, traditionally of military, chivalrous, noble nature The Order of Malta remains true to its inspiring principles, summarised in the motto “Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum”, defence of the Faith and assistance to the poor and the suffering, which become reality through the voluntary work carried out by Dames and Knights in humanitarian assistance and medical and social activities.

The Sovereign Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law. The Order – which is based in Rome, in via Condotti – has its own Government, an independent magistracy, bilateral diplomatic relations with 104 countries and is granted the status of Permanent Observer in many international organisations, such as the United Nations. Its operational activities are managed by the six Grand Priories, six Subpriories and 47 National Associations of Knights in the five continents. The Order issues its own passports and stamps and creates public institutions, endowed with independent juridical personality. The Grand Master governs the Order both as sovereign and religious head. He is elected for life, within the professed knights in perpetual vows.

THE MISSION TO HELP THE SICK AND THE NEEDY
Following its historic mission to help the sick, the needy and the most disadvantaged in society, the Order of Malta continues its work today, operating in more than 120 countries. Its programmes include medical and social assistance, disaster relief in the case of armed conflicts and natural catastrophes, emergency services and first aid corps, help for the elderly, the handicapped and children in need and the provision of first aid training, and support for refugees and internally displaced persons regardless of race, origin or religion. The Order of Malta has been operating with this impartial perspective for over 900 years, caring for people of all beliefs – muslim, orthodox, catholic, protestant, jewish.

The Order relies on the involvement of its 13,000 members, as well as approximately 80,000 trained volunteers and 20,000 employees, the majority of whom are medical personnel. The Order's organisations worldwide (Grand Priories, National Associations, relief organisations and foundations) are responsible for carrying out its activities, both in its the permanent institutions – such as hospitals, outpatient medical centres and old peoples' homes – and with its socio-medical and humanitarian programmes.

HOSPITALS, MEDICAL CENTRES AND HEALTH PROGRAMMES
Most of the Order's hospitals are situated in Europe – in particular in Germany, France, England and Italy, with the majority as general hospitals. The Order's hospital in Rome is specialised in neurological treatment and rehabilitation. The hospital in England, and some in Germany, have special units for the treatment of the terminally ill, with appropriate palliative specialists. Similar special units work in Argentina, Australia, Italy, South Africa and the United States.

As a joint activity of the whole Order, a maternity hospital in Bethlehem, Palestine, is run under the operational responsibilities of the French Association. The hospital provides the population of Bethlehem and its surroundings with an indispensable service, offering women of the region the only possible place to give birth under European medical standards. Since 1990, more than 44,000 babies have been born there. The wages paid to the 140 local employees provide support for over 2,000 people.

The Order runs 11 medical centres in Lebanon, three of which were badly damaged in the recent conflicts but have now been restored to full service, caring for the local populations of the country's four major religious groups. Entire regions depend on this healthcare and the centres provide 250,000 medical services a year, not including innumerable local medical visits to the smaller villages.

As well as the medical centres and the hospitals it runs in France, the French Association runs hospitals and dispensaries in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Madagascar and Togo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
In Senegal and Cambodia the Order runs special hospitals for leprosy sufferers. For a long time leprosy relief has been one of the main activities of the Order's work in the Third World. With its special organisation, the Comite International de l'Ordre de Malte (CIOMAL), based in Geneva and founded specifically for this purpose, the Order takes care of the national leprosy programme in Cambodia and assists in leprosy relief in other countries, with a special focus in Brazil. The Order also operates many medical centres around the world. In Italy there are specialised institutions for the care of diabetics. There is a similar institution in Prague, Czech Republic, for children. The institutions founded in Lebanon and El Salvador during the civil wars, are now an important part of their national health systems.

In the United States the American, Federal, and Western Associations, operate a hospital, in the north of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It has 64 beds, a paediatric wing, specialty outpatient clinics, maternity services, and a modern laboratory. It is the only hospital in the region. The Dominican Association runs specialist centres providing medical services for mothers and children.

There are also medical centres in Poland, Hungary, the United States, Brazil, Peru and South Africa. In developing countries, many hospitals, medical centres and dispensaries are supported, and at times directed, by the Order. Another important contribution is the collection and sorting of medicines, set up by the Order in France and approved by the World Health Organisation.

An annual average of 100 tonnes of medicines and nutritional products and 130 tonnes of medical equipment is sent to African countries. AIDS programmes are underway in Africa and Central America, with special institutions caring for afflicted mothers and their infants in South Africa and Mexico.

Emergency CORPS and ambulance services
The Order of Malta's relief organisations and ambulance corps operate in over 30 countries. They perform first aid, disaster relief and social services. In addition, they carry out extensive work with the young and to this end the Order trains thousands of volunteers each year in first aid.

Since the foundation in Ireland in 1938 of the ambulance corps, it has become a major provider of first-aid training, ambulance transport and community care services. The service offers first aid, ambulance and emergency care services in most of Ireland's principal cities and towns, and through its youth section provides youth development programmes and sporting activities. The establishment of relief services has also been very successful in Central and Eastern Europe since 1989, and more recently, in Morocco, where the opening of an institute for ambulance teams in Casablanca in 2006 has meant the provision of training and employment for its young people in an essential field.

INSTITUTIONS AND RELIEF FOR OLD PEOPLE
Increasingly significant are the activities of relief for the elderly. The Order directs numerous specialised centres for old people in England, Germany, Spain, Austria, the United States, Chile and Mexico. In various countries there is a variety of services to make life at home easier for old people. This includes providing meals on wheels, transport services, visiting services, shopping help and the operation of emergency call systems.

Institutions and services for the disabled
In France the Order maintains nine specialised medical centres for the disabled. There are also centres for the disabled in Hungary, Poland, Lebanon, Ecuador and the United States. In Ireland, the Order offers a wide range of services for people with physical and intellectual disabilities, including targeted rehabilitation and training pathways, computer courses as well as holiday packages with educational activities. In addition, the Order's Associations carry out many other activities for disabled people, including running yearly pilgrimages to Lourdes and to other pilgrimage sites. Every year for the past 24 years the Order has organised an international summer camp in Europe for the young disabled, as well as running at national level annual camps in Austria, Hungary, Romania, Switzerland and the Lebanon.

HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY RELIEF
Humanitarian relief for the victims of natural disasters or armed conflicts is one of the Order of Malta's traditional tasks. It was taken up again in the mid nineteenth century and carried out during the First and Second World Wars. In the second half of the twentieth century these commitments increased. Over the last fifty years, the Order's main relief actions have been: relief for refugees during the Hungarian crisis in 1956; setting up and running a field hospital during the Vietnam war; relief service in Thailand over many years; medical assistance during the civil wars in Lebanon and El Salvador; refugee relief during the Kurd crisis; refugee relief in the Great Lakes district of Africa; various extensive actions during the Balkan crisis (1999); earthquake relief in Italy in the late 1970s and in 1997; in Colombia and Turkey in 1999, El Salvador in 2000; repeated flood and hurricane catastrophe relief in the Ukraine, Hungary and Romania, in Honduras in 1998, in Poland in 1999.

From the start of this century, flood and hurricane relief was provided in Mozambique in 2000 and 2001; refugee relief in Afghanistan (since 2001); refugee aid in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2003); earthquake aid and reconstruction aid in Bam, Iran (2004); refugee relief in Darfur, Sudan (2004); tsunami relief in South- and South-East Asia (2005); help to the starving populations of Niger and Mali (2005); aid for hurricane victims, New Orleans, USA (2005); help for earthquake victims, Pakistan (2005); medical assistance for earthquake victims Java, Indonesia (2006); relief for earthquake victims in Peru (2007), emergency aid after the flooding in the Mexican state of Tabasco (2007), humanitarian relief after the cyclone in Myanmar (2008).

Many of these actions were carried out by Malteser International, the Order's worldwide relief service, which provides emergency support to victims of natural disasters and civil conflicts. It also runs rehabilitation and reconstruction projects, often in partnership with United Nations (UN) agencies, international organisations and local entities in the affected areas. On many occasions, the Order, through Malteser International, has taken over the medical care of UN peace missions (in Central America, Kuwait, East Timor, Balkans, Afghanistan).

The Order's neutrality and its impartial and non-political nature make relief actions possible in situations where access by other organisations is difficult. The Order's diplomatic representatives give much valued support in the countries concerned.