How We Work

We put teams directly in the field

Every year we send out doctors, nurses, logistics experts, administrators and other professionals who work directly in the field alongside local medical staff.

We’re committed to ensuring our aid actually reaches those for whom it was intended. For this reason, we insist our workers receive access to local healthcare facilities – it is crucial that they communicate directly with people on the spot to assess independently the actual need for assistance.

Our decision to intervene in times of crisis is based solely on our independent assessment and people’s needs, and not on political, economic, or religious interests.

Where We Operate

South Sudan. Terekeka. 2014. On the way to patients. © MAGNA

Which projects we take on

MAGNA teams provide medical assistance (consultations with a physician, hospital and nutritional care, vaccination, surgery, midwifery and newborn care, and therapeutic care) and material assistance (medicines, food, shelter, etc). We also build medical facilities where necessary.

We help treat children in need, and victims of natural disasters or armed conflicts. Our medical projects aim at assist both immediately and in the long term, with some treatment programs lasting for decades. Each year, our teams examine thousands of patients.

We respond to disasters

We are able to react rapidly to emergencies. On 15 December 2013, civil war broke out in South Sudan, seeing thousands of people killed on the very first day. Hundreds of thousands more left their homes to seek refuge. At the time our team was already in the country, and despite the bad security situation they immediately started helping victims. By 17 December we were providing the only functioning hospital in the city (Juba Teaching Hospital) with medical supplies, surgical supplies, and medicines. Subsequently, MAGNA opened a medical centre in a camp for more than 100,000 displaced people, and since then we’ve been providing them with crucial vaccinations and other medical assistance.

Even in countries where we’re not currently operating when a disaster occurs, we can respond to it within days. When a devastating typhoon hit the Philippines in 2013, our teams arrived on Cebu Island on the third day after it struck, and immediately began distributing humanitarian aid – sanitation packages, rice, and shelters – to 15,000 people.

We provide health care

Some disasters are slow in coming on. Diseases devastate an entire population; instability undermines the health care system; people are deliberately excluded from medical care. Our mission is to provide health care, with a long-term focus on treating malnutrition, HIV/AIDS patients, and neglected tropical diseases.

We work with organizations and governments to improve health care and put an end to humanitarian crisis conditions.

Mobile health care units

In selected countries, we set up mobile teams to provide medical care in inaccessible regions. This is the way to deliver treatment to as many patients as possible. In 2016, our mobile team travelled across the besieged area of Homs in Syria. Over half a year, we helped more than 50,000 people in the region.

We improve access to health care

We build and refurbish hospitals, and establish outpatient facilities and clinics. In 2010, an earthquake in Haiti severely crippled the health care infrastructure and hence patients’ access to doctors. Hospitals, health centres, and clinics were either destroyed or damaged to where they could not function. Therefore, as part of its humanitarian activity and in addition to the urgent live-saving operations, MAGNA built and fully equipped a mother and child health centre in Port-au-Prince.

More about the medical assistance

DR Congo. Iboko. 2018. © Martin Bandžák/MAGNA

Project management

The operations centre in Bratislava, Slovakia is responsible for implementing humanitarian projects. It decides on the personnel, logistical, and financial resources necessary to implement and manage missions and projects.

In addition, it monitors projects throughout the year with such instruments as monthly field team reports and quarterly project manager evaluation. It also prepares an annual report containing information on field activities and medical data obtained.

All projects are characterized in detail before they actually launch, and regular evaluations continue over the duration of the projects. Clearly defined quantitative as well as qualitative targets are revised as necessary. It is only these clearly defined needs that determine the duration of our intervention, which is systematically reviewed during the mission. We assess projects and needs on an ongoing basis using a standardized data collection system and ongoing studies.

Each MAGNA project has its own detailed budget, which we reviewed regularly over each year. Project managers monitor project budgets, ensuring all operations are carried out responsibly and in line with project objectives. All budgets are controlled and subject to approval by the MAGNA Board of Directors.

MAGNA manages most of its projects on its own. In rare cases, we may also possible provide financial support to other humanitarian organizations, community groups, or healthcare facilities with which we’re working in certain areas.

Financial transparency

Lebanon. Baalbeck. 2017. © Martin Bandžák/MAGNA

Cooperations and partnerships

MAGNA cooperates with a large number of partners, including:

  • Health ministries in all countries where we implement projects, at district, regional, and national level

  • National and international NGOs,

  • European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)

  • International organizations such as WHO / UNICEF / WFP / UNFPA,

  • Academic institutions.

These partnerships and collaborations help us effectively expand our programs’ coverage and scope, ensuring that as many people as possible benefit as well as identifying best practices and lessons learned.

We follow recognized international standards for medical practice and humanitarian issues. These include World Health Organization (WHO) health policy as well as the Red Cross Code.

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Kenya. Kombewa. 2008. Therapeutic food in the MAGNA nutrition center. © Martin Bandžák/MAGNA

Every year your donations cover thousands of treatments and vaccinations.

How are your donations used
medical projects

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