In progress in Albania the 10th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean

Tirana, 18-19 February 2016

The Tenth Plenary Assembly of the PAM – Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean – is currently taking place in Tirana with the participation of 240 delegates from 24 countries and six Undersecretaries of the United Nations.

The welcoming speeches were held by the President of the National Parliament of Albania, Hon. Ilir Meta, and Prime Minister Hon. Edi Rama.

"A hot meal in a cold winter" for 2016 as well

Belgrade, from January to March

This year, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the Republic of Serbia wanted to give even more attention to the children. And so, the 2016 edition of “A hot meal in a cold winter” will be aimed at children who sometimes are even in need of a simple hot meal.

Refugees and migrants: conference on the role and mission of the Order of Malta

Rome, 11 December 2015

With the interventions of the Grand Chancellor H.E. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, the Grand Hospitaller H.E. Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel, H.E. Ambassador Stefano Ronca, the General Secretary of “Malteser International” Ingo Radtke, the Order’s Ambassadors accredited to the transit countries of the refugees from Syria, Iraq, Libya and other areas involved in the tragic events triggered by the terrorism of the ISIS’ so-called “caliphate”, was held – at the Order’s historic headquarters of the Aventine in Rome – the Conference on “Refugees and migrants: Role and mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta. “

Final preparations for the delivery of the "Make a WISH"

Belgrade, October 12th
It took a lot of work to the Embassy in Belgrade to prepare the two ceremonies of the project “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta”. A thousand children will be gathered between Lijg and Sid tomorrow to receive their WISHES; Computers, wheelchairs, school desks, musical equipment and other, and, not least, the minibus, in the picture. The ceremonies will be followed by our media partner s “Politika” and “Pink TV”.

Continues the collaboration between Monzino (Milan) and the hospital KBC Zvezdara (Belgrade)

Belgrade, September 10th 2015

Continues the collaboration between the only entirely cardiological hospital in Europe, the Monzino of Milan, and the University Medical Center Zvezdara of Belgrade.

A significant amount of beds and medical equipment has been in fact donated by Monzino to Zvezdara.

The official delivery has been made to the new Director, Prof. Dr. Petar Svorcan, by Ambassador Alberto di Luca and Dr. Carlo Buora, that in addition to playing the important role of First Counsellor is also the Chairman of Monzino.

Words of gratitude have been received by the vertices of the Serbian hospital together with the hope of a continuing collaboration with the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta.

Serbian Parliament: meeting with the Group of friendship Serbia-Order of Malta

Belgrade, July 23rd

With a warm and now already familiar atmosphere of cooperation, the Vice President of the Serbian Parliament and Chairman of the Group of friendship Serbia-Order of Malta, Hon. Vladimir Marinkovic welcomed, in the Parliament of Belgrade, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order in Belgrade, Alberto di Luca. At the meeting, which was attended by several MP’s, including the Head of the PAM Serbian Delegation (Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean), Hon. Nevena Stojanovic, Hon. Sasa Maksimovic, Hon. Vesna Rakonjac, Hon. Velinka Tosic, Hon. Branko Djurovic and Hon. Nebojsa Tatomir, unanimous was the consent and the gratitude expressed by the Serbian Parliamentarians for the important charity-dinner held in Monte Carlo on June 19th  in favor of the project “Make a Wish” aimed at boys and girls residing in the flooded areas of last May 2014.
There were also discussions for other humanitarian initiatives and projects for 2016. The meeting ended with the invitation of the Ambassador Alberto di Luca at the ceremony of “delivery” of the WISHES which will be held on October 13th.

The Minister of Labor and Social Policy has met with the Ambassador of the Order of Malta

Belgrade, July 22nd

from left Ambassador Alberto di Luca, in the center Minister Aleksandar Vulin and on the right the President of the Parliamentary Friendship Group Serbia- Order of Malta, Vladimir Marinkovic.The Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Policy, H.E. Aleksandar Vulin, met today at Palace Serbia (Palata Srbije), the Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Alberto di Luca.

During the meeting they discussed about the humanitarian assistance that the Order of Malta provides the Republic of Serbia, and the future cooperation and humanitarian actions to help Serbian citizens most in need, especially the children.

Ambassador di Luca spoke about the success of the project “Make a Wish”, aimed at girls and boys affected by the floods of May 2014. The Minister Aleksandar Vulin said that any help is welcome, because child care is one of the most important aspects for the Ministry of Labor, and it was agreed that the project “Make a Wish” must be an example for future programs for socially disadvantaged children.

THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA (TAIWAN) SUPPORTS THE PROJECT OF THE ORDRE DE MALTE FRANCE

Rome, 26/06/2015

The project launched thanks to a generous donation from the Republic of China (Taiwan)

To step up prevention and develop rehabilitation therapies for leprosy patients in Vietnam: this is the ambitious project of Ordre de Malte France, present in Vietnam for over 40 years with leprosy treatment and prevention programmes. Thanks to a generous donation from the Republic of China (Taiwan), the project can now be launched in its entirety.
There are three key stages for the initiative: to make operative the recently restored Malta pavilion in the functional rehabilitation department of the Ho Chi Minh City hospital; to improve the quality of healthcare offered with mobile medical units, carry out more reparative surgery and better prevention; invest in the training of local health professionals.

Thanks to an agreement with the Order of Malta in 1991, the hospital department in Ho Chi Minh City, a densely populated town in south Vietnam, has been fully renovated. It is now an independent pavilion on three floors covering a total area of 1,600 square metres equipped with rehabilitation and physiotherapy rooms.
The project will involve over a thousand patients, based on the fact that in Vietnam some 300 new cases of leprosy are diagnosed every year. After the Philippines and China, this is the south-east Asian country with the highest prevalence of documented cases, albeit significantly less than 30 years ago when some 5 million people were affected worldwide.

One of the greatest challenges continues to be reintegration in the community of patients with Hansen’s disease, often excluded and discriminated against. The Order of Malta’s work is concentrated on this aspect.
The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, spoke of his appreciation for the donation during his speech to Ambassador Larry Wang: “The Republic of China (Taiwan) is one of the most economically and technologically advanced countries. Nonetheless its numerous social welfare initiatives still help disadvantaged persons and communities”.

Ordre de Malte France has also been cooperating with the Ho Chi Minh hospital for over 25 years in mobile surgery missions and in transferring medical technologies to the countries bordering Vietnam, such as Laos and Cambodia.