By Paul Sanford,
The MAHAK charity is one of the most
impressive charitable organizations in
Last Friday, MAHAK launched their calendar for 2007. Iranian photographers have each donated stunning photographs of children for the calendar, which can now be obtained from the charity. The photographers are
An exhibition of the
photographs was held at the MAHAK complex last weekend. The calendars, generously sponsored by a
number of Iranian companies, are available for 5000 toman each. Postage to the
MAHAK is a
wonderful example of how the need for a cancer center for children was developed
with much kindness and love into a fully functioning hospital. About thirteen years ago a mother
who had experienced having a child with cancer and had witnessed first hand the
difficulties faced by her child, pledged that she would set up a center that
would act as a sanctuary for children and their families in a similar
situation. With the assistance of
the same friends and relatives who had helped her through her own ordeal, a
board of governors was selected and the “MAHAK Society to Support Children with
Cancer” was set up as a non profit, non-governmental organization. MAHAK has been active from that day in
helping children with cancer and their families and has grown beyond anyone’s
expectations. MAHAK is funded
entirely by donations.
In 2003, MAHAK’s Hospital and Rehabilitation center in Darabad was completed. The center is situated in Tehran’s north eastern hills and comprises an 18000 square meters building equipped to accommodate up to 120 children, each accompanied by a member of their family. The center houses diagnostic and treatment wards of the highest standards, on a par with those seen anywhere else.
Within the center, there are other facilities offered such as a clinic, a chemotherapy laboratory, radiotherapy section, physiotherapy ward, water therapy section, operation rooms, M.R.I and CT-Scan, Radiology, ICU, library, children's playroom, restaurant, amphitheatre and a shopping center. The various parts of the complex have been furnished with the help of charitable individuals and as a gesture of gratitude each section has been named after the donor.
The wards were equipped and began operation in August 2003, when the first patient was admitted.
The two rehabilitation wards are fully functional and are laid out over two floors, with 15 rooms on the first floor for children accompanied by a female member of their immediate family and with another 15 on the second floor for those children who need to be accompanied by a male family member. There is also a playroom provided for the children, a sitting area for the families and a kitchenette.
Currently, these wards are run by 14 nursing graduates in three shifts around the clock. Two social workers offer their services in two shifts of morning and afternoon and two psychiatrists are available in the afternoon shifts. In the afternoons a number of volunteers visit the ward to play with the children.
team of social workers is fully active in children’s oncology wards in nine
all related expenses including X-rays, test, chemotherapy, radiation therapy,
food, clothing and all accommodation during their treatment. Since 60% of the children come to
MAHAK has been officially recognized by UNHCR as the organization which helps refugee children (Afghan and Iraqi) with cancer both in and out of refugee camps.
entirely funded by donations from the public. You can join as a member (there are over
31000). It is also possible to
sponsor a child’s treatment by making a regular payment of 125000 toman per
month. If you wish you can make a
direct payment to Bank Saderat, Account 140059, Branch 4554,
For more information about this amazing charity, please see www.mahak-charity.org
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