Maltese relief service

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Maltese Aid Service
legal form registered association
founding 1953, Germany
Seat Cologne , Germany
purpose Catholic aid organization
main emphasis First aid courses , care for the elderly , medical service , rescue service , disaster control , social work
Managing directors Elmar Pankau
people Georg Khevenhüller (President)
Daisy Countess Bernstorff (Vice-President and Superior General)
Vinciane Countess von Westphalen (Vice-President)
Albrecht von Croy (Vice-President)
sales 379,038,983 euros (2018)
Employees 35,000 (2018)
Volunteers 51,000 (2018)
Members 1,010,000 members and sustaining members (2018)

The Malteser Hilfsdienst e. V. (MHD) in Germany is a Catholic aid organization founded by the German Caritas Association and two branches of the Order of Malta . The symbol of the Maltese auxiliary service is the white, eight-pointed Maltese cross on a red background in the form of a coat of arms . "Witness to faith and help those in need" is the motto of the Order of Malta, which the Maltese Aid Service follows.


The Malteser Hilfsdienst began training in first aid on January 1st, 1953 as a subdivision of the Cooperative of the Rhenish-Westphalian Knights of Malta and the Association of the Silesian Knights of Malta in Münster; on October 24, 1955 a statute was drawn up and registration as a registered association was applied for. On July 11, 1956, the seat was moved to Cologne. From 1978 onwards, the Malteser Aid Service developed into the Malteser Aid Service e. V., Malteser Werke e. V., Malteser Hilfsdienst gGmbH, Malteser Werke gGmbH , Malteser Auslandsdienst, Malteser International e. V. and the then equipment company for aid organizations mbH (Augeco).

Malteser Hilfsdienst eV and Malteser Hilfsdienst gGmbH together have around 51,000 voluntary and 35,000 full-time employees as well as 1,010,000 members and sustaining members in Germany.

The evangelical sister organization is the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe .


The Malteser Aid Service is recognized by the law on the German Red Cross and other voluntary aid organizations within the meaning of the Geneva Red Cross Agreement - DRK Law - as a voluntary aid company within the meaning of Article 26 of the Geneva Agreement I and a member of BAGEH , the Federal First Aid Working Group . Along with Deutsche Malteser, it is a sub-organization of Malteser in Germany. The voluntary work is bundled in it. The Malteser Hilfsdienst e. V. is a recognized non-profit association and is therefore entitled to issue receipts for donations .

Federal German special postage stamp from 1969

Guiding principle

The motto of the Order of Malta, Tuitio fidei et obsequium pauperum , which has been valid since the twelfth century , also applies to the relief service.


Federal level

The Presidium is the highest central body of the Maltese. The executive board conducts the operative business according to the specifications of the presidium. The highest decision-making body of the Maltese is the annual Federal Assembly .

The presidium includes:

  • Georg Khevenhüller (President since June 16, 2018)
  • Daisy Countess Bernstorff, Vice President and Superior General
  • Vinciane Countess von Westphalen, Vice President
  • Albrecht von Croy , Vice-President
  • Bishop Heinrich Timmerevers , federal chaplain
  • Stephan Freiherr Spies von Büllesheim and Georg Graf von Khevenhüller-Metsch, representatives of the German Association of the Order of Malta
  • Jörg Millies and Frank Johannes Hensel, representatives of the German Caritas Association
  • Rainer Löb, federal doctor
  • Peter Deselaers, Federal Finance Curator
  • Stephanie Freifrau von Freyberg and Joachim Rudolph, representatives of the diocesan leaders and state representatives
  • Ruth Mühlhaus and Jan Waldorf, representatives of the commissioners
  • Sandra Dransfeld, Federal Youth Spokesperson
  • Representatives of the active helpers: Boris Falkenberg, Martina Mirus, Kerstin Rosner, Rainer Zollitsch

The presidium consists of:

Former Presidents


As a Catholic organization, the Maltese align their structure to the German dioceses . The local and city divisions and the parish groups are then attached to the diocesan divisions . They are headed by a voluntary local or city representative. The district or city offices below the diocesan level are run on a full-time or voluntary basis.
In the subdivisions, "service managers" manage their departments.

Regional areas
The Malteser Hilfsdienst e. V. in five regional areas: Baden-Württemberg , Bavaria / Thuringia , Hesse / Rhineland-Palatinate / Saarland , North / East and North Rhine-Westphalia

Organization of emergency preparedness

In the field of emergency preparedness, the Malteser Emergency Service takes on the usual structures of disaster control. The head of emergency services and / or Director Emergency preparedness is as alarm tip a contact person for the civil protection authorities. He is subordinate to platoons, groups and squads with their respective managers. The formation of special disaster control units such as rapid response groups is also possible.

Areas of activity

Paramedics of the Malteser Aid Service on duty for the medical service of the High Cathedral in Cologne during the Corpus Christi procession in 2020

The Malteser Hilfsdienst e. V. is responsible for the voluntary work of the Maltese. This mainly includes the following areas of responsibility:


In many places in Germany, the Maltese offer different courses in the field of general education ( first aid courses, former course on life-saving immediate measures , which has not been offered since April 2015 and has been replaced by a course comprising nine teaching units, etc.). In 2005, one of which was DIN 9001 oriented quality management in the field of education introduced. This ensures a uniform national standard in training. The Maltese are the market leaders in Germany in the training of nursing staff; The qualification to become a nurse's assistant is offered in many places and through various programs of the employment agency through z. B. Financial support for educational awards. A head of training is responsible for the quality of the on-site courses , and depending on the size of the structure, he can be employed full-time or on a voluntary basis. The training, advanced training and advanced training in the rescue service is carried out at the following six Malteser schools in Germany: Aachen, Bonn, Dortmund, Nellinghof (with branch in Wilhelmshaven), Regensburg and Wetzlar with branch in Frankenthal / Pfalz.

Foreign service

The first foreign assignment of the Malteser Aid Service took place from November 24, 1956 to January 16, 1957 on the Austro-Hungarian border to look after Hungarian refugees during the Hungarian crisis . From 1966 to 1975, the Malteser's largest foreign mission to date took place in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War , in which three helpers were killed. The central international service was created in 2005 from the Malteser Hilfsdienst e. V. and is now called Malteser International e. V. (Foreign Aid Organization of the Order of Malta) operates supranationally based in Cologne. Voluntary work abroad - especially with Eastern and Southeastern Europe - takes place in many branches of the Maltese.


Logo (coat of arms and lettering) of the Maltese youth

The Malteser Jugend is the community of young people up to the age of 27 in the Malteser Hilfsdienst e. V. The focus of youth work is defined by the four principles of the Maltese youth set out in the mission statement, these are in detail:

  • Believe
  • Laugh
  • Help
  • Learn

Formerly the Maltese Youth was divided into 4 pillars and 1 foundation:

  • social commitment
  • Active leisure time
  • Educational work
  • Maltese-specific training (e.g. first aid, etc.)
and as a foundation
  • Believe

The young people should be encouraged to recognize and take on their responsibility for church , society and state . In addition to the regular group lessons in the local association, it is especially the trips, camps and seminars that shape club life. In recent years, the Maltese Youth has managed, contrary to the trend in other youth associations, to maintain and even increase its membership (around 7,600).

Emergency preparedness

Command vehicle ELW2 of the Würzburg Maltese (2006)

The area of ​​emergency preparedness includes the two large areas of civil protection and medical services . To this end, the Maltese hold units nationwide such as B. Medical and support trains or telecommunication trains. The Maltese are regularly on duty at major events such as the Holy Year 2000 in Rome, the World Youth Day in Cologne, the visit of Pope Benedict in Bavaria or the Catholic Days .

Emergency preparedness also includes the area of psychosocial emergency care and thus the specialist areas of emergency pastoral care , crisis intervention and help for helpers ( CISM ).

social services

The social services of the Malteser Hilfsdienst are the hospice service and the voluntary visiting and accompanying services (BBD), in the dioceses of Speyer, Augsburg and Freiburg also a nationwide certified training as a seated dance leader. The BBD form an interface to the social entrepreneurial services of Malteser Hilfsdienst gGmbH and in some cases also represent a cooperation with local parishes (e.g. when visiting sick people).


The Maltese Orchestra is the musical calling card of the Malteser Aid Service (MHD). It represents this in public and accompanies official musical events. In addition, numerous benefit concerts are given each year for the benefit of non-profit organizations. The Maltese Orchestra is based in Bielefeld .

There is also the Maltese fanfare parade, which appears in historical uniforms and mainly plays on parades and medieval festivals. It is based in Ravensburg .

Honorary members

See also


  • Hans Joachim Bodenbach, Wolfgang Wagner: Medicines in the rescue service. Using the example of the Malteser Aid Service (for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein) . In: Deutsche Apotheker Zeitung (DAZ), 139, 27, June 8, 1999, Stuttgart, pp. 33 (2641) to 42 (2644) (with 1 illustration in color and tables)
  • Hans Joachim Bodenbach: Pharmacist of the Malteser Hilfsdienst: Study trip to Malta . In: Deutsche Apotheker-Zeitung (DAZ), Volume 140, No. 4, January 27, 2000. Stuttgart 2000, pp. 81 (365) to 83 (367) (with 5 color illustrations)
  • Hans Joachim Bodenbach, Wolfgang Wagner: Medicines in the rescue service of the Maltese in the federal states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein . In: Apothekenmagazin , October 19, 2001, Oberhausen 2001, pp. 8, 10, 12, 14 and 19 (with 4 color illustrations and several tables), PDF
  • Ernst Staehle: History of the Johanniter and Malteser, Volume 1: The Hospitalites in the Kingdom of Jerusalem - The cultural revolution and defense of the heritage in the Kingdom of Jerusalem . Herbert Weishaupt Verlag, A - 8342 Gnas, 1st edition 2002, 296 pp.
  • Ernst Staehle: History of the Johanniter and Maltese, Volume 2: The Johanniter of Rhodes - fighters against Islamic terrorism . Herbert Weishaupt Verlag, A - 9431 St. Stefan, 1st edition 2002, 270 pp.
  • Ernst Staehle: History of the Johanniter and Maltese, Volume 3: The Knights of Malta - Shield of Christianity in the Mediterranean . Herbert Weishaupt Verlag, A - 8342 Gnas, 1st edition 2002, 271 pp.

Web links

Commons : Malteser Hilfsdienst  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Annual Report 2019. Retrieved October 26, 2019 .
  2. ^ Statutes of the Malteser Hilfsdienst e. V. (PDF; 147 kB)
  3. 25 years of service to others . Self-published by Malteser Hilfsdienst, 1978, p. 18 ff.
  5. Malteser Hilfsdienst eV - The Presidium. Retrieved January 17, 2019 .
  6. Malteser Schools On April 1, 2015, the training concept for broad-based training was changed in the joint effort of all aid organizations, including at Malteser Hilfsdienst eV. The shortening affects the basic first aid training as well as the training for company first aiders from 16 training hours to nine training hours. The reason for this reduction in time is that many first aid measures have been simplified over the past few years. Furthermore, there are scientific studies that show that course participants understandably better learn if the training is limited to conveying essential content. Since then, the mostly two-day instruction for trainers or truck drivers has been omitted and has been shortened accordingly to 9 hours of instruction.
  7. 25 years of service to others . Self-published by Malteser Hilfsdienst, 1978, p. 25
  8. 25 years of service to others . Self-published by Malteser Hilfsdienst, 1978, p. 398