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Malteser International, the worldwide relief agency of the Order of Malta for humanitarian aid, works in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas for people in need, regardless of their religion, origin or political affiliation. Its mission is to provide emergency relief as well as to implement rehabilitation measures and to facilitate the link between emergency relief and sustainable development. Malteser International started its relief activities in Pakistan after the earthquake in October 2005. The current focus next to relief activities is on the sector Health, including WASH and Nutrition, as well as on Livelihood and Disaster Risk Reduction as cross-cutting issue. To reduce the vulnerability and to enhance disaster preparedness and response capacities Malteser International has been undertaking Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) and government DRR capacity building projects since 2008. The current programs are being conducted in 3 project areas (Peshawar, Swat and Sindh).