WHO WE ARE
CIOMAL (Campagne Internationale de l’Ordre de Malte contre la Lèpre) is a Swiss private law non-profit foundation, which aims to fight leprosy and all forms of exclusion associated with the disease or its disabilities throughout the world.
Initially known as the International Committee of the Order of Malta Against Leprosy – created in Geneva in 1958 following the International Conference for the Defense and Social Rehabilitation of Lepers organized by the Grand Magistry of the Sovereign Hospitaller Order of Malta – CIOMAL became the CIOMAL Foundation (Campagne Internationale de l’Ordre de Malte contre la Lèpre) on 4 April 1999.
In 1966, CIOMAL was one of the founding members of the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP), which brings together 15 organizations involved in the fight against leprosy in 67 countries in order to coordinate their approaches and methods and to determine the coordination responsibilities for each country.
The Order of Malta’s CIOMAL Foundation focuses on reducing the incidence of leprosy and supporting those physically afflicted and socially stigmatised by this ancient disease. We spoke to Thierry zen Ruffinen, President of CIOMAL, about this important work and their plans for the future. Read more on The Global Fund for Forgotten People website
On World Leprosy Day, which was celebrated around the world on 29th January 2021, the CIOMAL Foundation of the Order of Malta was very pleased to initiate a new partnership with the Alliance Against Leprosy, an organisation active in the fight against Hansen’s disease in Brazil, a country that is particularly invested in reducing the […]
Affected by leprosy and destitute, Lang Ol, Uch Chhim, Yei Mao, and so many others, find themselves in the twilight of their lives alone and without any support, often abandoned by their families. The CIOMAL Foundation seeks to help them retain their dignity. Lang Ol was found three years ago, crouched at the back of […]