MAHAK Hospital has published an article in Royal College of Ophthalmologists journal; this article is entitled:
''Retinoblastoma presentation, treatment and outcome in a large referral center in Tehran: a 10-year retrospective analysis'
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To read about the regulations for MAHAK's form of operations and purposes, download the Articles of Associations.
MAHAK as a non-governmental, non-profit organization to support children suffering from cancer is governed by social participation & one of its income resources provided through donation boxes. Donations is one of the examples of how MAHAK is widely supported
MAHAK understands the difficulty of traveling a long distance for cancer treatment, therefore a particular place is designated as a boarding house for those families who have to travel a long distance to reach MAHAK.In addtion other facilities are provided for children with cancer and their families such as transportation expenses, education expences and so on.
Some of these welfare services are as below :
• Provision of accommodation for families at two welfare centers with 60 rooms available
• Provision of accommodation for children who have had bone marrow transplantation
• Provision of marginal expenses, including traveling expenses for families with financial problems
• Provision of educational expenses for recovered children as necessary
Psycho-social support is currently an integrated part of any cancer response. This becomes more important in the case of child cancer response since children are more vulnerable to the side effects of cancer. The Psychology Department of MAHAK provides free counseling services to children with cancer and their parents as a compulsory part of its programs. During 2008-2009, there were 1962 cases of individual and 160 cases of group counseling with 28 cases being referred to psychiatrist physicians. Twenty training workshops were held to train volunteers to meet the needs of parents to enable them to cope with the concerns of their children.
Social Work Services
Social Work Department at MAHAK supports children with cancer and their families once they are referred to the hospital through counseling and providing necessary assistance. Children less than 16 years old who are examined in one of the public or university hospitals and whose pathology test approves cancer can be treated in MAHAK.
A social worker or social worker volunteer is assigned to accompany the child and help the family to become acquainted with the available services. Both the patient and the family receive professional assistance if necessary. In addition, MAHAK carries out support services throughout the country.
Every child with cancer from disadvantaged areas of the country who is accepted in MAHAK will be covered and financially supported. More than 60 percent of children under treatment in MAHAK hospital live in districts far from the capital and they receive assistance through the MAHAK social workers network.
Following MAHAK’s humanitarian goals to promoting organizations efficiency especially in non-governmental organizations, the recruitment section has been separated from administrative affairs and named as Human Resource Department due to the latest organization structure. This department is responsible for attracting, training and protecting the human capital in accordance with the last scientific findings in this case since 2008. MAHAK regards its employees as human capital and it means that MAHAK identifies their potential, and strives to fulfill and improve their full potential. The outstanding difference between the human resource department’s role and other administrative departments is exactly in this point. To continue targeting the improvement of staff’s efficiency at MAHAK, this department hires, promotes and evaluates applicants to various positions offered in accordance with their skills and abilities.
The program and aims:
Planning and codifying the appropriate plans to sort the employees’ career.
Planning and codifying the function evaluation system of employees and managers.
Planning and codifying the comprehensive training system of employees.
Planning and implementing the employees satisfactory system.
Planning, codifying and implementing the comprehensive model for human resource development.
MAHAK as an institute that interacts with other organizations concentrating on pediatric cancer, requires to devote substantial attention to the development of human source as a response to the public needs and accomplish its statement. Therefore, human resource department plays an important role in realizing MAHAK’s goals by having an accurate knowledge about organization needs and capacities, as well as dedicate recruiting and training of its human capitals. For this purpose, MAHAK pays a considerable attention to the development of strategic plan in order to boost up organization capacity and its human capital efficiency.
The main points of these leading programs are:
1. investigating and making polices and regulation for human resource
2. codifying and prioritizing the short-term and medium-term goals for human resource management in line with MAHAK’s massive targets and governing regulations.
3. planning and codifying the practical plans for human source management while considering the organization requirements.
4. implementing organized plans to realize determined programs mentioned in strategic plan.
MAHAK has been recruited 421 employees that two hundred and sixty one are working in MAHAK highly specialized hospital while one hundred and sixty personals are working at MAHAK charity.
Quality assurance plays an important role in sustaining the development, growth and continuous improvement of our charity and care services. This department communicates closely with the public to identify the organization’s strengths and weaknesses which are then considered in implementing projects that will sustainably achieve MAHAK’s target goals and service provisions.
Launched in 2009, this department has been tasked with collecting and analyzing public opinion and obtaining feedback and constructive suggestions for continuous improvement in service delivery on part of the charity and the hospital. Reporting directly to the office of the Managing Director, the promise of accountability to all stakeholders is initiated here. By steadily identifying better methods of operation throughout the organization, department managers and key decision makers can focus on the prioritization of goals and the allocation of resources for their realization.
MAHAK’s vision is to be among the world’s top five NGOs, and the need for the integrated supervision of overall quality in all facets of the organization’s activities is essential to achieving this goal.
Volunteers are one of the main pillars of the MAHAK community, as well as our greatest asset. Perhaps best defined as philanthropists who perform good deeds without payment, here in MAHAK volunteers accept and take responsibility for tasks related to MAHAK’s mission. The only difference between a volunteer worker and an employed staff member is that a volunteer does not receive any form of financial compensation. In all other aspects they are identical. To emphasize how highly volunteerism is valued, the voluntary nature of the position is often acknowledged.
Volunteerism is prevalent throughout MAHAK, from our founder to the members of the boards of trustees and directors. Furthermore, many of the most prominent physicians in the field of cancer treatment and research work for and support MAHAK voluntarily.
MAHAK needs the energy and support of volunteer workers for a number of reasons:
Over time, volunteers become ambassadors for MAHAK spreading our message of charity throughout the world. The heart of every organization is in the souls of its founders. The founders of this organization and its very first volunteers have been around as long as the organization itself. In the last twenty-five years, MAHAK has grown steadily and as a result, the number of volunteers has grown too. In the beginning, there were but a few dedicated volunteers but now the numbers have risen to in excess of four hundred people.
Today, with the organization’s steady rate of growth, all volunteers work as active members of MAHAK’s extended family. The first and the oldest branch of volunteers known as the Peer group goes back two decades, and the second oldest branch is the Youth group. MAHAK is held together by core groups of volunteers such as the members of the board of directors and the members of the board of trustees. Furthermore, MAHAK is honored to have had the full benefit of physicians like the late professor Vossough, MD, a renowned specialist who after formal retirement from academia chose to work at MAHAK as a volunteer until the very last day of her productive life.
At MAHAK, even the employed staff are considered volunteers, because each one of these talented and experienced staff members could earn a much higher salary elsewhere. The head of the Support Services department, the Managing Director, and a number of other experts have all worked extensively as volunteers for the organization before becoming paid staff members. The relationships built between the staff members and the volunteers are mutually beneficial and our team members often experience a high level of satisfaction and even elation in performing their jobs: contributing to the welfare of our cancer patients or simply easing the pain. As a member of MAHAK’s extended family, not only do our volunteers find satisfaction in their jobs but they also grasp the meaning of responsibility towards others on a larger scale.
When the Society was first founded, one of MAHAK's major goals was to establish a Pediatric Cancer Hospital. A piece of land was purchased in1997, the construction began in 1999, and the dream came true with the inauguration of the Hospital in March 2007. The MAHAK Hospital now covers over 18,000 square meters and includes Emergency, Oncology, Hematology, ICU, Chemotherapy, Radiology, Radiotherapy, Psychology, and Surgery rooms as well as a Genetic Laboratory, Children’s Heart Departments, and a Dentistry Clinic. The Hospital also provides Diagnostic Services such as CT Scanners, MRI, Biochemical Lab, Microbiology Lab, Physiotherapy, and Hydrotherapy Centers. Additional services include welfare departments, recreation facilities, children’s play rooms, a library and an auditorium.
Devoted to pediatric cancer diagnosis, treatment, and research, MAHAK is a well-known NGO that relies exclusively on public donations of all kinds for its operations, including cash, goods, services and expertise. We place a great deal of emphasis on achieving our humanitarian goals by attracting public participation. As a result, support for MAHAK’s programs for children suffering from cancer and their families has increased remarkably. The Fundraising department facilitates the donation process for charitable contributions for the cancer-stricken children, and is continuously exploring different methods to increase participation such as expanding the geographic coverage of offices and distributing donation boxes throughout the country as well as using technological platforms such as on-line payment mechanisms.
To encourage further contributions, MAHAK undertakes the installation of donation boxes, membership drives, direct advertising and income generating projects as well as public relations campaigns that support and maintain our rapport with volunteers and donors at both the national and international levels. Furthermore, many of our fundraising offices are open all day long, with staff working in two shifts to provide support and receive donations throughout the day.
Transparency and accountability characterize all the activities of this department as charitable contributions in every size and type, whether donations or participation, are crucial to secure the financial resources necessary to achieve our overriding goal: “MAHAK will do all that it can so that no child will go untreated because of the inability to pay treatment costs.”
Supporting the needs of families who have got a child with cancer and referred to MAHAK has become a major concern of the organization since the very outset of its establishment. Support services are provided in line with the mission of MAHAK and deem to lessen suffering of the family.
This department consists of three sections: social work, psycho-social work and a welfare center to provide families with accommodation facilities, transportation services and so on. Each section plays a vital role in providing services to the deprived children and their families. In accord with MAHAK's mission and goals, all covered children enjoy the organization's financial, social, consultative, psychological and welfare services without discrimination. This department strives to support the families of children with cancer from all aspects and encourages them to solely concentrate on their child’s treatment. In this department, staff are ready to ease the stress of families’ journey who travel a long distance for cancer treatment, answer their questions and give psycho-social consultation to them. In addition, these services give children the chance to proceed with their treatment phase successfully.
The Social Work Department at MAHAK supports children with cancer and their families through counseling and providing necessary assistance once they are referred to the hospital.
The psychiatric department of MAHAK provides free counseling services to children with cancer and their parents as a compulsory part of its programs.
The welfare center provides families or children’s guardian with accommodation, food, transportation and educational expenses. For this reason, MAHAK built a hostel in the areas of Darabad and Satar Khan in Tehran, and since its formation, families travelling from far away are accommodated in these hostels. In these hostels, MAHAK prepares various facilities and services to comfortably accommodate MAHAK patients and their families.
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Celebrities at MAHAK
MAHAK has been always supported by the aid of national and international well-known artists, actors, actresses, football players and so on.
Here we welcome all celebrities who are interested in joining us and visit MAHAK.
We strongly believe that "where there is a will there is a way".
We bring together the best minds in pediatric research to set the most effective standards and find out the latest methods of prevention and treatment.
Numbers of nationally well-known physicians have gathered to improve the health and safety of children by conducting joint workshops, projects, conferences at national and international levels in the field of pediatric cancer.
Since promoting research activities advances the knowledge of early detection and treatment of childhood cancer, therefore various researches are conducted by our medical team and our partnerships such as GUSTAV ROSSI institute, Ferrara university of Italy, cancer institute of Iran and so on.
The highly specialized pediatric hospital offers the latest methods and technology in detecting and treating childhood cancer such as Luekemia, Brain tumors, Bone tumors, etc.
Our clinical team of physicians, highly skilled advanced practice nurses with expertise in all aspects of care for children with cancer, psychologists, and social workers are collaborating coherently for early detection and tratment of this catastrophic disease.
Therefore, efforts over the last 25 years have resulted in remarkable increase in cure rate of patients with pediatric cancer.
The charity provides supportive, psycho-social and welfare services to the deprived cancer-stricken children and their families. Support services include social work, psychology and welfare services. In addition, the charity is responsible for collection of donations and humanitarian assistance from people, institutions and organizations. Fundraising activities include donation boxes, membership schemes, advertising and special projects as well as Public and International Relations that keep rapport with volunteers, donors at national and international level.
We appreciate your comments and are pleased to have your opinions. Please submit your specific questions, comments in the comments area.
On behalf of MAHAK’s children, thank you for your support and consideration.
Over the past 28 years, MAHAK has been successful in presenting an accurate and honest account of all its activities by upholding its principles of transparency and accountability towards its donors. MAHAK is able to support children and families of children diagnosed with cancer through the help of volunteer and donor contributions. In order to attract the support of volunteers and donors, it is necessary that they are made aware of how MAHAK functions as an organization. For this reason, we print progress reports containing detailed information on all the departments and services of MAHAK such as: finance, social services, volunteer work, and accounting.
25th Anniversary Report
MAHAK’s Annual Report 2014
Download MAHAK’s Balance Sheet - As of March 20, 2014 (PDF)
Download Bi-annual report 2010-2011 (PDF)
Download Support service report for 2008-2009 (PDF)
Download Bi-annual report 2007-2008 (PDF)
Download Bi-annual report 2006-2007 (PDF)
Download Five years report 2001-2005 (PDF)
Download Financial Report (PDF)
MAHAK- the Society to Support Children Suffering from Cancer- has always strived to function according to international standards and has always been prone to have different aspects of its performance audited by international organizations which assign standards globally.
• Gained consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2001
• Collaboration with Saint Jude Research Center since 2007
• Collaboration with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since 2007
• Collaboration with Gustave-Roussy Institute (IGR) since 2007
• Collaboration with Kurdistan Save the Children (KSC) since 2012
• Collaboration with LÖSEV, the Foundation for Children with Leukemia in Turkey since 2013
• Educational Collaboration with Relief International since 2016
• Membership in Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) since 2008
• Membership in Iranian National Cancer Network since 2003
• Membership in Childhood Cancer International (CCI) since 2000
• Membership in United Nation Global Compact since 2016
• Membership in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) since 2014
• Membership in CCI’s Regional Committee since 2012
• Membership in MedicRes Institute since 2011
• Membership in International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR) since 2009
• Membership in the Society of Hematologic Oncology (SOHO) since 2015
• International Society for Children with Cancer (ISCC) in California, USA
• Iranian Children’s Cancer Society in Hamburg (IKKH), Germany
Joint Projects with National and International Institutes and Organizations:
•University of Tehran regarding the investigation of mechanisms regulating emotion and emotional adjustment of children with cancer.
Over the past few years, representatives of MAHAK have attended conferences, seminars and meetings of the previously mentioned organizations and represented the various activities offered by MAHAK in response to cancer, such as:
• The presentation of “The week of Leukemia” in cooperation with LÖSEV
• Holding joint cultural nights, exhibitions, and circuses in cooperation with foreign embassies in Iran
From the early years of founding the Society, one of MAHAK's major goals was to establish a Pediatric Cancer Hospital. A piece of land was purchased in1997, the construction started in 1999 and in March 2007, the dream came true with the inauguration of the Hospital. The highly specialized pediatric cancer hospital, which has access to the world’s latest technology in the field of pediatric cancer diagnosis and treatment, plays a vital role in the region.
By 2014,over 23,000 cancer-stricken children have covered by MAHAK and enjoy support services provided by the charity to resolve anxieties and fears about cancer diagnosis and treatment. In addition, understanding the difficulty of travelling a long distance for cancer treatment and designating a particular place as boarding house for those families who travel a far distance to reach MAHAK is one of the charity achievements.
MAHAK also adheres to its mission to completely support children with cancer and their families with the aid of the Charter of Patients’ Rights, new and efficient methods, the latest achievements of medical science, and the most up to date diagnostic, treatment and prevention methodologies.
While United Nations Millennium development goals are defined as bellow:
Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality rates
Goal 5: Improve maternal health
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development
MAHAK contributes to realizing the following goals and to this end it takes active part in the relevant meetings held by UNDP in Tehran.
1.Changes in Standards of Treatment for the sake of children suffering from Cancer
2.Changes in Standards of Nursing to support children suffering from Cancer
3.Cooperating with World-wide well-known Iranian Physicians in the field of Pediatric Cancer
4.Joint medical and non-medical projects with very well-known research institutions and organizations
5.Covering more than over 23,000 Children with Cancer till 2014
6.The fourth goal "Reduction in the mortality rate of children" corresponds to MAHAK 's own charter. MAHAK contributes to this goal by providing children with modern patient care and services.
7.Promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility in Iran through holding an International congress
8.Rendering service to our neighbor countries and all existing ethnics and religions in Iran
Here at MAHAK, the Society to Support Children Suffering from Cancer, recognizing our responsibility to be accountable to our patients, families, employees and the community, we have adopted the following charter:
As an organization with a noble motive to help fellow human beings, our mission and vision is defined:
MAHAK believes that parents should have no other concern than their children’s recovery and also believes that with the parents present, the children can pass the treatment processes more happily, with more hope and that consequently both children and parents can change their focus from living or not, to the lives they will lead in the future.
MAHAK ensures that every child with cancer and their families receive comprehensive and integrated services across the country and provides them with up-to-date treatment services in accordance with national and International standards. By raising awareness and education, effective diagnosis occurs in the early stages and support is provided from the very first moment a diagnosis is rendered. MAHAK strives to provide the public with the latest cancer-related information, news, necessary resources and recommendations, and by expanding its cooperation with national and international research and treatment centers, MAHAK employs the most effective methods of cancer treatment, consequently decreasing the rate of pediatric cancer.
MAHAK is known as a charity organization that serves as a model for reliability, as well as for the implementation and evaluation of programs for national and international organizations alike. By all standards, MAHAK finds its place as a top-ranked organization among NGOs, not only overall, but also in every field of its numerous activities.
We appreciate your comments and are pleased to have your opinions. Please submit your specific questions, comments in the comments area.
On behalf of MAHAK’s children, thank you for your support and consideration.
On a cold winter day in 1989, a two-year old girl named Kiana was having her regular check–up when her physician diagnosed her with an illness that would shake up any mother. Like any mother hearing this, her mother Ms. Saideh Ghods went into a denial state, not accepting the truth. After many trepidations, doing a lot of research, and having many consultations with doctors and friends, she realized that cancer like many other diseases is curable and has its own phases of treatment.
There were a lot of difficulties during Kiana’s treatment. The required medication was scarce and very expensive. Not having enough information about cancer and the side effects of the drugs while witnessing her daughter's suffering, life had become barely tolerable for Ms. Saideh Ghods.
While referring to hospitals, Ms. Ghods saw fathers and mothers travelling from far and often disadvantaged regions struggling with financial difficulties of paying for expensive treatment of their child and a place to stay in Tehran for the duration. Sleeping in hospital yards or in street corners, many had become aware that cancer is a disease that may require more than a single treatment. In actuality, it may take years of overwhelming pressures, an experience during which many families did not survive as a unit.
She became intensely preoccupied with the idea of offering a little help by providing a place to stay for the families. She was constantly thinking of what could be done? At that time some of the tests were not performed in Iran, so she decided to continue her daughter's treatment in Germany.There she became exposed to and joined parents groups whose children had cancer. Experiencing therapeutic relief as a result, she realized it would be a good idea to form such an organization in Iran. At the time, this was not feasible however. Being a multi-ethnic nation many of whom associated cultural taboos with known cancer cases, Iranian parents were not ready for this approach. Consequently, she decided to place her initial focus on helping cancer-stricken children directly and parents indirectly.
In 1991, she formally registered MAHAK as a charity institute to support children with cancer. However, from 1989 related volunteerism was taking place by caring individuals in several public and university hospitals. While assisting confused parents, these folks carried name badges identifying them as supporters of parents with cancer-stricken children. But since the word cancer was written on their badges and this carried a strong stigma, MAHAK volunteers faced tremendous difficulties in their function. Therefore, the decision was made to use only the first initial of every word, thus forming the word 'MAHAK' for the very frist time. Needless to say, this name has global recognition today, as witnessed by a basic search in an international search engine on the internet.
Seven to eight years after registering MAHAK as a charity in support of children with cancer and their families, Ms. Ghods witnessed other associations in support children with cancer forming thus signaling the gradual acceptance of cancer as a disease by the society-at-large. The children and their families were noticed, and special attention was given to them. This was a big step toward the main goal. Let's recall that one of the most important objectives was to provide free or inexpensive shelter for the families of children with cancer and their dependent siblings during treatment.
Once sufficient volunteer support and financial means through bazaar sales had gathered, the Board of Trustees decided to purchase a land and construct a purpose-build structure in Darabad in northern foothils of Tehran. They succeeded in buying a piece of land of 4700 meters square on the beautiful hillsides of Darabad. But constructing a building that contained a residentail shelter as well as offices required much more funds. It did not take long before Mr. Karbassi-zadeh who wanted to make his wife’s death-bed wish came true appeared.
Through friends he had become acquainted with the name and some of the individuals involved with MAHAK, received and approved the building plans, and after about a week, gave his approval and financial backing but there was an important condition -- his wife Afsaneh Dabiri had insisted on establishing a specialized cancer hospital and not a shelter before she passed away.
On his next trip, Mr. Karbassi-zadeh in the presence of Tehran mayor, and having received the official approval for the expansion of the building invested 20 Billion Rials in order to start the construction.
Ms. Dabiri although very sick, made the trip to Iran to see the outline of the building but unfortunately by the time the hospital was inaugurated, she was no longer with us. She left this world on the 25th of Khordad. In her memory, MAHAK staff, supporters and volunteers have named that date “MAHAK’s Philanthropy Day”. The hospital was officially opened in 2007 and today it is the single largest and best equipped pediatric cancer hospital in Iran and the Middle East offering all medical services, housing a compolimentary residential cenetr for parents, and contains all the offices of MAHAK Charity-Care organization. By 2014, MAHAK has provided comprehensive coverage and treatment to over 23,000 children with cancer and their families through its ten divisions, two residential centers, over ten fundraising offices and booths, over 700 employees, thousands of volunteers, and over 80,000 members.