How We Work

Our teams are 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 are committed to ensuring that our aid actually reaches those for whom it is addressed. For this reason, we insist that our workers are permitted to access local healthcare facilities; they absolutely must communicate directly with people on the spot to independently assess the actual need for assistance.

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

Where We Operate

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

What projects we work on

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

We help to treat children in need, victims of natural disasters or armed conflicts. Our medical projects aim at helping both immediately and in the long-run; some treatment programs last for decades. Thousands of patients are examined each year by our teams.

We take action in response to disasters

We are able to respond quickly to emergencies. On December 15, 2013, a civil war broke out in South Sudan where thousands of people were killed on the very first day. More hundreds of thousands have left their homes to seek refuge. At that time, we already had our team in the country who, despite the bad security situation, immediately started helping the victims. Already on December 17 we provided the only functioning hospital in the city (Juba Teaching Hospital) with medical supplies, surgical supplies and medicines. Subsequently, MAGNA opened a medical center in the camp for more than 100,000 displaced people and since then we have been providing them with the necessary vaccination and other medical assistance.

Even if we are not currently operating in the country where the disaster occurs, we are able to respond to it in a few days. When the devastating typhoon hit the Philippines in 2013, our teams arrived on Cebu Island on the third day after the disaster and immediately began distributing humanitarian aid - sanitary packages, rice and shelters - to 15,000 people.

We provide health care

Some disasters are coming slowly. Disease destroys the entire population; instability undermines the health 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 overlooked tropical diseases.

We work with organizations and governments to improve health care and put an end to the various humanitarian crises.

Mobile health care units

In selected countries, mobile teams are set up to provide medical care in inaccessible regions. This is how we manage to deliver treatment to as many patients as possible. In 2016, our mobile team traveled across the siege 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, establish ambulances and clinics. In 2010, the earthquake in Haiti severely paralyzed the health infrastructure and hence the access of patients to a doctor. Hospitals, health centers and clinics were either destroyed or damaged to such an extent that they could not work. Therefore, as part of its humanitarian activity and in addition to the urgent rescue of human lives, MAGNA has built and fully equipped a mother and child health center in Port-au-Prince.

More about the medical assistance

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

Project management

The operational center in Bratislava, Slovakia is responsible for the implementation of humanitarian projects. It decides on personnel, logistical and financial resources necessary for the implementation and management of missions and projects.

In addition, it monitors projects throughout the year with tools such as monthly reports by field teams or quarterly evaluations carried out by project managers. It also draws up an annual report containing information on field activities and medical data obtained.

All projects are described in detail before they actually start, and regular evaluations are carried out for the duration of the projects. Clearly defined quantitative but also qualitative targets are revised where necessary. The duration of our intervention is determined only on the basis of these clearly defined needs, which are gradually reviewed during the mission. Projects and needs are assessed on an ongoing basis through a standardized data collection system and through ongoing studies.

Each MAGNA project has its detailed budget, which is regularly reviewed during the year. Project coordinators monitor project budgets to ensure that 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, it is also possible to provide financial support to other humanitarian organizations, community groups or healthcare facilities with which we work in certain areas.

Financial transparency

Lebanon. Baalbeck. 2017. © Martin Bandžák/MAGNA

Cooperations and partnerships

MAGNA cooperates with a large number of partners, including:

  • Ministries of Health in all countries where we implement our projects at district, regional and national level,
  • National and international NGOs,
  • European Humanitarian Fund (ECHO),
  • International organizations such as WHO / UNICEF / WFP / UNFPA,
  • Academic institutions.

These partnerships and collaborations help us effectively expand the coverage and scope of our programs to ensure that as many people as possible benefit from them, as well as identify best practices and lessons learned.

We follow recognized international standards for medical practice and humanitarian issues. These include the 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?
97%
medical projects

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