On March 31st, Maya Begalieva MD, PhD became the latest person to achieve U.S. Citizenship through the Grand Commandery of the South’s Citizenship program. Maya came to the United States from Kirgizstan. She is a professor at Tulane University’s School of Public Health where she focuses on Global Community and Behavioral Sciences.

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The St Lazarus Charitable Trust (SLCT) in England & Wales has supported the Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society (EMMS) for a number of years.

As part of the celebrations to mark their 175th Anniversary, EMMS International held a Symposium on ‘The value of the student elective’ on Saturday 23rd January 2016 in Glasgow, which was attended by Chevalier John Reid KLJ and Confrere David Knox OLJ, both Trustees of the SLCT.

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On Ash Wednesday, February 10 2016, St Lazarus House, Kosice (Slovakia) was consecrated by the Bishop of Kosice, H.E. Milan Chautur, in the presence of representatives of the Order of St Lazarus, the Maltese Order, members of the clergy, politicians and the local community.

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In August 2006 the Senior Chaplain of the Grand Commandery of the Castello, Malta, H.E. Fr Colin Westmarland, was travelling on the London Tube during a visit to the UK. He picked up a discarded Telegraph Magazine and happened to notice an article about a remarkable young woman who was working with leprosy sufferers in India. Thus, serendipitously, began a long and fruitful relationship between the Grand Commandery of the Castello and the "Women in Need" (WIN) charity which has enabled the Order to make a real difference to lives of many individuals suffering from leprosy and other difficulties in central India. 

Leah Pattison established the Women In Need (WIN) charity. Through WIN she not only treats the discarded women of India for leprosy and AIDS, but also strives to rehabilitate them back with their husbands, children and families and into productive work after successful treatment.

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