FEDERAL ASSOCIATION GRANTS PROGRAM
Profile - Medicines for Humanity
For ten years the Federal Association has supported Medicines for Humanity (MFH) programs in Haiti, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. MFH works primarily in areas where the infant and child mortality rates are extremely high.
By providing simple medicines and vitamins along with clean water sources and nutrition and hygiene training, MFH treats thousands of children every year. They survive the early years when they are most susceptible to malnutrition-related ailments, and they become healthy children better suited to succeed in school.
The Federal Association has provided financial support that has enabled MFH to purchase millions of dollars’ worth of these everyday medicines and vitamins.
GRAND MASTER ADDRESSES THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS
Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing received on 14th January at the Magistral Villa, in Rome, the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta for the audience of the beginning of the new year.
In his address the Grand Master emphasized the Order of Malta's commitment to medical-social action in the face of humanitarian crisis, with particular focus on the plight of refugees fleeing conflict in Syria, Central Africa and Mali, and those arriving on European shores, particularly the Italian island of Lampedusa.
Looking back at 2013 the Grand Master reflected on Pope Benedict's precious words of recognition and encouragement to the Order, given two days before his renunciation. The call of his successor, Pope Francis, to care for the most needy resonates deeply with the Order's mission to serve the poor and the sick.