MAGNA was founded in Slovakia in 2001. Since 2002, we have been actively involved in providing health care and social assistance to children and their families in need. We were one of the first organizations to provide antiretroviral (ARV) treatment for HIV / AIDS to children in Cambodia in 2003. Subsequently, MAGNA began deploying its teams to crisis areas around the world and providing medical, nutritional and material assistance to children in need at 3 continents of the world.

Martin Bandžák: "It seemed to us that it would be increasingly necessary to bring real stories and destinies of families and show the public the real world. In the first years, we organized 3 large exhibitions of photographs, which we installed at that time quite unconventional - in emerging shopping centers "During a visit to Cambodia in 2002, we found HIV-positive children tied to a bed in a bed, without drugs or any interest. This started us, we not only began to document their problems, but we also created a system that can help them."

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KENYA. Garissa. 2011. Famine and extreme drought. © Martin Bandžák / MAGNA



MAGNA was founded. The idea to establish an organization that will document the fates of children and their families in crisis areas of the world came in 2000, when photographer Martin Bandžák and Denisa Augustínová went to Cuba for 3 months in a medical facility for Chernobyl victims.


MAGNA responds to the HIV / AIDS epidemic in Cambodia and opens its first mission. Tens of thousands of people are dying from HIV / AIDS-related illnesses. Many children were orphaned and stayed on the streets without any help or treatment. MAGNA is one of the first organizations to provide ARV treatment and care to children with HIV / AIDS.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 2003. The HIV / AIDS epidemic. © Martin Bandžák / MAGNA


MAGNA launches a long-term fundraising program Support the Child, thanks to which people can directly contribute to the treatment of children in Cambodia.


Tsunami in Southeast Asia. MAGNA provides psychosocial assistance to children and rebuilds communities in southern India. We gain our first experience in caring for victims of natural disasters.

INDIA. Tamil Nadu. 2005. Tsunami. © Martin Bandžák / MAGNA


MAGNA launches its first therapeutic center for the treatment of child malnutrition in Cambodia. Our HIV / AIDS treatment programs were supported by the visit of King Norod Siamoni of Cambodia and President Bill Clinton.

MAGNA opens offices in the Czech Republic and Austria.

CAMBODIA. Takmau. 2007. © Martin Bandžák / MAGNA


We are opening missions to help children in Kenya and Nicaragua. In Kenya, we focus primarily on the treatment of HIV / AIDS, in Nicaragua, we are launching a mobile clinic that travels with patients to remote areas of Sutiava.

In Cambodia, we are running a continuous pediatric ward at Chey Chumneas Hospital in Takhmau and tackling the Dengue epidemic.

NICARAGUA. Sutiava. 2008. © Martin Bandžák / MAGNA


Cyclone Nargis in Burma (Myanmar). MAGNA sends its own team of volunteers to the affected area, which provides medical and nutritional assistance for more than 250,000 people thanks to non-state clinics in the Irrawaddy delta.

Kenya has been hit by post-election violence. MAGNA helps people in the affected province of Nyanza, where we distribute food and material assistance

In cooperation with the Pasteur Cambodia Institute, we are working on a unique project that allows us to diagnose children of HIV-positive mothers in the first days after birth.

BURMA (Myanmar). Rangoon. 2008. Cyclone Nargis. © Martin Bandžák / MAGNA


We are opening a mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At Kintambo Hospital, we launch treatment for HIV / AIDS, child malnutrition and provide medical and psychosocial assistance to victims of sexual violence.

In Vietnam, at the National Pediatric Hospital in Hanoi, we are introducing treatment and prevention for children born to HIV mothers.

CONGO. Kinshasa. 2009. ©Martin Bandžák/MAGNA


Earthquake in Haiti. MAGNA is sending a team of experts to provide life-saving operations at a hospital in Port-au-Prince. At the same time, we provide material and psychosocial assistance to the victims of the disaster.


Famine in Somalia. After 30 years, a famine was declared again. We are opening 9 nutrition centers in the northern part of Kenya and on the border with Somalia.

We are opening a mission in South Sudan. We provide basic health care, treat infectious diseases, and take care of mothers and children in the Terekek area.

KENYA. Garissa. 2011. Famine in Somalia. © Martin Bandžák / MAGNA


Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. We are distributing humanitarian aid on the fourth day after the disaster. MAGNA teams operate on Cebu Island and in the Palo, Tacloban and Kananga areas. In Myanmar, in the Magway area, we also treat malnourished children.

MAGNA opens its office in the USA.

PHILIPPINES. Tacloban. 2013. Cyclone Haiyan. © Martin Bandžák / MAGNA


Civil war in South Sudan and hundreds of thousands of refugees. MAGNA responds to the catastrophe and provides for the resettled in the refugee camps with medical assistance.


Earthquake in Nepal. MAGNA responds to a series of earthquakes in Nepal. In the Sindupalchowk area, it provides medical and material assistance in three temporarily established health centers.

Refugee crisis. At the borders of Hungary, Croatia and Serbia, MAGNA has dozens of its health professionals who provide medical, psychosocial and material assistance to people on the run. We are becoming the official provider of medical care in the largest transitional camp Opatovac in Croatia.

NEPAL. Sindupalchowk. 2015. ©Martin Bandžák/MAGNA


Syrian crisis. The war in Syria drove millions of people into the surrounding countries. MAGNA sends its teams to Lebanon and provides medical assistance in the besieged territories directly in Syria.

LEBANON. Beqaa. 2017. Refugees from Syria. © Martin Bandžák / MAGNA


MAGNA sends its teams to Iraq and we continue to provide medical assistance in the besieged territories directly in Syria and Lebanon.

Every year your donations cover thousands of treatments and vaccinations.

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