Mission and Principles

Mission and Principles
DR CONGO. 2009. Copyrigth by Martin Bandžák/MAGNA

We were established as a humanitarian organization after we pragmatically and passionately responded to the pandemic of HIV/AIDS in 2002 in Cambodia. We were one of the first international non-governmental organizations to begin the ARV treatment of children patients with HIV/AIDS and to implement a unique approach to PMTCT (preventing transmission of the virus from mother to child) in Cambodia. Since then, it has been successfully replicated in other countries, including Kenya, Vietnam and Nicaragua. We have also intervened in Haiti, Myanmar, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Nicaragua, the Kenyan-Somali border during the famine, Nepal and refugee crisis in Europe. 

We come from a small country in Central Europe where the tradition of humanitarian missions remains limited and had not been practiced for decades. Despite this fact, MAGNA was able to carry out projects within the framework of all major emergencies over the last 10 years. It has achieved success in specific approaches to HIV/AIDS and was supported by international players, such as the Clinton Foundation or Prof. Françoise Barré Sinoussi (Nobel Prize winner for the discovery of HIV).

MAGNA has built an effective, flexible and result-oriented international medical organization, which remains independent and operates quickly where it is needed the most.  

We focus on prevention and response to health threats and diseases occuring from disasters and long-term population crises. Our key activities include: child and reproductive healthcare with aim to reduce morbidity and mortality of women, newborns and children; treatment and help to ghe victims of gender-based violence; prevention and treatment of diseases including HIV/AIDS; vaccination in order to ensure full immunization of children; treatment of malaria, tuberculosis; mental health care; nutritional care; and treatment of acute and severe malnutrition.

What makes MAGNA different?

  1. Like MAGNA, there are a lot of organizations that respond to humanitarian disasters and forgotten crises around the world. However, many of them do not last for a long period of time. MAGNA is aware that the moment the humanitarian crisis occurs, the problems of the country are only just beginning. This is why MAGNA is different: we continue helping in the reconstruction of health infrastructure and in implementing of long-term projects within our expertise.
  2. In the field, we have workers capable of multitasking - people who simultaneously work on different tasks so that we can use our funds effectively.
  3. We make sure that our work is provided by local colleagues to the maximum extent possible. They are supervised and trained by our workers sent to the area. This means that most of our workers are local people.
  4. We work in areas where people receive little to no help, so we are experts in working in remote and rural areas.
  5. MAGNA medical staff work in the field directly with the local communities and in cooperation with local organizations. MAGNA believes that this cooperation increases efficiency, effectiveness and maximizes the impact.
  6. MAGNA does not distribute aid via third parties or organizations - not only do we gain money ourselves, but we are also the final distributor of help.
  7. We build a lasting legacy on the basis of close cooperation with the ministries of health and local healthcare providers. This explains why our changes are anchored in local health systems and serve to save lives even after our departure.
  8. MAGNA saves lives without any hesitation. We provide medical knowledge within long-term and forgotten crises, as well as in humanitarian crises. In addition, we stay to build a permanent health care system.
  9. On the basis of evidence from our practice, we use the knowledge and experiences gained during our operations to influence national governments.
  10. When the donor entrusts us his funds, we believe that it is important to use them effectively. In this way, we can devote more financial resources to the location where you want us to help and save human lives. On average, 93 cents of every euro are spent directly on our operations in the field.

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