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Order of Malta health experts meet in Rome

Discussions focus on key projects and future plans

Rome, 24 March 2019

International conference of health experts meet in Rome

Participants from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa met in Rome to review current projects, and discuss those coming onstream. The meeting was hosted by the President of the Order’s Italian Association and the group was welcomed by chairman, Grand Hospitaller Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel. Project updates included the work for drug addicts, the disabled, the elderly, and the poor in many countries who in these economic times need support in many areas – healthcare, food, clothing.

The patient, vets and Prof Arduini, Clinical DirectorA recent special initiative is the veterinary clinic set up at the Order’s First Aid Post in St.Peter’s Square, as many homeless guests own dogs which are an important element in their well-being. The volunteer vets provide checks, give vaccinations when necessary and implant id chips. 

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The mission of the Order of Malta is inspired by its tradition of ‘Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum', to assist the poor and the sick, and bear witness to the Christian faith.


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, and bilateral diplomatic relations with 110 countries.


The Order of St John of Jerusalem is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisation. Present in Palestine in around 1048, it is a lay religious Order, traditionally of military, chivalrous, noble nature.