How We Are Managed

Opening of missions and projects

MAGNA arranges and manages most of its projects on its own. Upon learning of a crisis situation or a specific problem affecting vulnerable groups, the field teams organize a fact-finding mission in the area. The information we collect allows us to decide whether or not action is necessary. At this stage we take into account several factors: the condition of the population, assessment of their needs, possibility of free access to the region, and compatibility of this operation with MAGNA strategy. Once our capabilities are defined, we send personnel and necessary material to the field.

The follow-up, evaluation, and closure of the mission are regularly evaluated by the Operations Department. The aim is to ensure the best possible response to ongoing developments on the medical, technical, and political fronts. These evaluations measure the appropriateness of the programs and resources used, and are often carried out by headquarters staff on visits to the area. The Operations Department closely monitors how security conditions are developing and may, if the situation so requires, decide to temporarily or permanently withdraw international teams.

The Operations Department may also decide to end a mission if the crisis is resolved, the project's objectives have been achieved, or local structures have taken over the project.

Kenya/Somalia border. 2011. Denisa Augustínová with the MAGNA team on a tour to patients during famine. © Martin Bandžák/MAGNA

MAGNA network

The MAGNA international network consists of 4 different associated organizations (MAGNA SR, MAGNA ČR, MAGNA AT, and MAGNA US), which are all legally independent, have their own members, separate funding and internal organization, and carry the name of MAGNA.

In Bratislava, the Operations Center of MAGNA is responsible for organizing, planning, and carrying out MAGNA humanitarian and development activities around the world. At the same time, it collects material and financial resources for humanitarian projects, hires field workers, launches educational projects and information campaigns, cooperates with the media, and educates the public about the problems of people and children living in danger zones around the world.

Partner organizations, especially MAGNA ČR in Prague, play an important support role in volunteer recruitment, fundraising missions, and cooperation in the running of projects.

DR Congo. Kasai. 2018. Martin Bandžák in a MAGNA-supported hospital in the village of Bilomba. © MAGNA

Founders of MAGNA

The idea of establishing an organization telling the stories and providing medical assistance to children in crisis areas of the world came about in 2000. At that time, photographer Martin Bandžák and psychologist Denisa Augustínová were returning from a medical facility in Cuba for victims of the Chernobyl disaster. They spent several months on the spot, documenting the stories of children from Ukraine and Belarus who suffered from various anomalies and serious diseases even 15 years after the tragedy. Located a few kilometres from the capital of Havana, the "Tarara" was used to hide these children from the world. Their stories then were published by many Slovak and Czech media outlets, and shocked the public.

Based on this experience, the MAGNA organization was founded in 2001. Its fundamental principles are:

  • To be able to choose freely a place to provide health and social assistance.

  • In times of humanitarian crises, to intervene quickly where it is most necessary and to help children and their families, regardless of their ethnic, religious, or political interests.

  • To create innovative health projects to assist individuals.

  • To document the fate of disaster victims and tell the stories from forgotten parts of the world that would otherwise not reach the general public.

Learn more about the founders

Iraq. 2018. MAGNA team during an interview with women from the Yazidi community, victims of the Islamic State. © Martin Bandžák / MAGNA

The organization’s authorities

The organization is headed by a director who is a statutory body and represents the organization externally. Other statutory bodies are the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board.



Martin Bandžák


Board of Directors

Martin Bandžák

Denisa Augustínová

Iva Barešová


Supervisory Board

Jozef Barta

Juraj Vaculík

MUDr. Júlia Horáková PhD.

Philippines. 2013. MAGNA transitional health center for victims of cyclone Haiyan. © Martin Bandžák / MAGNA

MAGNA team in Slovakia

The MAGNA team in Slovakia is responsible for raising material and financial resources for humanitarian health projects, recruiting field workers, carrying out educational projects and information campaigns, further cooperating with the media and informing the public about the problems of people and children living in crisis areas.

Martin Bandžák

Operations and Program Department
Denisa Augustínová
Tatiana Veberová

Fundraising and Communication Department
Marcela Paráková

Financial a Administration Department
Iva Barešová
Lucie Měkyšová

Every year, MAGNA sends about 15 of its own workers to the field, who assist and help to treat children and their families in need alongside 500 local workers.

Haiti. 2010. MAGNA team of surgeons during a consultation before a surgery. © Martin Bandžák / MAGNA

Every year your donations cover thousands of treatments and vaccinations.

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