Since I came to live in Iran, I have been very impressed by the high standards of health care, particularly in the private sector, but also in the state funded and voluntary sectors. But there are always gaps in the service that private individuals have seen, where more support is needed and funding is required.
It was interesting a few days ago to be invited to the launch of SEPAS which is a charitable organization giving support to those who are recovering from, or who have recovered from cancer.
Many problems are faced by those who have undergone treatment for cancer, and also of course their families. Quite apart from the financial problems, there is often depression and psychological problems. Sometimes there is persistent ill-health and dependency on lifesaving drugs. Many families take on the role of being care-givers, and have to re-arrange their lives around the patient.
SEPAS has been started to help with these problems. Its goals are to give psychological support to those recovering and to increase their self-confidence and courage. It aims to provide information to the patients and their families, and to bring families together for mutual support. They are planning to run seminars and workshops to help with these objectives, and to provide telephone hot-lines to provide companionship and support at this difficult time.
SEPAS was launched at a reception hosted by Nazila Noebashari at her lovely house in North Tehran, and there were many delightful gifts that we were able to buy to help the fundraising. We know Nazila well through her exceptional work for MAHAK, the charity funded children's cancer hospital in the North of Tehran. SEPAS was founded by Ghazal Chegini.
The website for SEPAS is www.sepas.org
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