The Medical Action Group, Inc. (MAG)
At the height of the Marcos Dictatorship, a group of doctors under the aegis of Dr. Mita Pardo de Tavera was brought together to provide medical aid to victims of political repression and their families. They also assisted FLAG lawyers led by Sen. Jose W. Diokno to document evidences of torture among political prisoners. Founded in November 1982, the Medical Action Group was born to deliver health services to victims of human rights violations, promote justice in health and uphold human rights.
The Medical Action Group was founded by Senator Jose W. Diokno, Justice Jose B.L. Reyes, Sylvia Guerrerro, Dr. Alicia de la Paz, Dr. Erlinda Senturias, Dr. Luis Mabilangan, Dr. Mita Pardo de Tavera, Dr. Jaime Zamuco, Dr. Willy Lopez, Dr. Porfirio Recio, and Dr. Benjamin Aquino Sr.
MAG envisions a society where the health and human rights of its citizens are upheld and protected at all times. This society ensures that health care is accessible to all, is appropriate and effective; and guarantees as well other human rights in accordance with the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
1. Provide appropriate health services to victims of human rights violations (HRVs), regardless of gender, race, creed, religion, nationality, social status, or political belief.
2. Mobilize health professionals, students, and workers to deliver health services to victims of human rights violations
3. Organize and educate health professional, students, and workers for them to become human rights advocates.
4. Advocate for and collaborate with other health and human rights organizations and networks towards the establishment of a health system that would ensure the improvement of health and equity in health
5. Provide proper and appropriate documentation of medical and psychological and other signs of abuse to victims of human rights violations and torture to support the pursuit of justice.
You can help MAG achieve Health and Human Rights for all Filipinos by:
- Volunteering your services in the outpatient clinic, outreach clinics, medical missions, detention center clinics and emergency services.
- Extending your skills in documentation and research. Acting as a resource person for group discussions on health and human rights and skills training.
- Co-sponsoring symposia, forum, and discussion groups on relevant health and human rights issues.
- Donating books, audiovisual materials and other literature related to health and human rights.
- Donating medical supplies and medicines.
- Extending moral, financial and material assistance to MAG’s various programs and services.