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The Order’s Italian Emergency Corps celebrates 50 years

In the field, from catastrophes to the current health crisis

Rome, 26 June 2020

Earthquake in central Italy – Order of Malta teams on the ground in Amatrice

Half a century of commitment, 3,000 volunteers nationwide, over 18,300 days of activity, the Italian Emergency Corps (CISOM) doctors, nurses, rescuers, psychologists and logisticians have been there for all the major natural disasters and for numerous minor ones, offering medical and social assistance to the most vulnerable. 

Corps’ President, Gerardo Solaro del Borgo spoke of their inspiration: ‘Charity and efficiency are the words that inspire us…belonging to a system in which helping others is a priority.’ 

Photo Giorgio Minguzzi: Earthquake, Amatrice, central Italy, 2016, where 100 CISOM volunteers – rescuers, logicians, psychologists, health workers – worked for days and nights to save lives.  

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