Malteser Hilfsdienst is one of the largest charitable service providers in Germany with over one million members and supporters. The Catholic aid organization is represented as a registered association (eV) and non-profit limited liability company (gGmbH) nationwide in more than 700 places. Founded in 1953 by the Order of Malta and the German Caritas Association, Christian service for the needy is at the center of the work.
The honorary Malteser Hilfsdienst eV is organized according to the structures of the Catholic Church in dioceses.
His helpers are involved in civil protection and medical service as well as in first aid training or in voluntary social services. The foreign service promotes partners all over the world and sends specialists to crisis areas. In the hospice work, the Maltese accompany terminally ill people and their relatives. Games, sports and social involvement connect the 8,000 members of the Maltese Youth.
The Malteser Hilfsdienst eV also includes the Malteser Akademie and the Malteser Kommende Ehreshoven, the central conference center of the Maltese.