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Standards & Benchmarks
 
NGO Benchmarking standard provides Nongovernmental organization with the best modes of working from an Internationally accepted Reference. Implementing these methods enables NGOs to evaluate their advantages and disadvantages in order to promote their accountability toward their customers. 
NGO Benchmarking Standard and its definition in http:www.ngobenchmarking.sgs.com has been celebrated by Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs). In accordance with local condition, these organizations can be named as Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) but all will be concluded under the International Classification of Nongovernmental organizations(ICNPO).
 
NGO Benchmarking standards outline the following obligations and dimensions of best practices for a nongovernmental organizations.
 
• Developing, strengthening and implementing policies and instructions which handle the current management but sometimes it is also demanded by various societies and volunteers particularly.
 
• Revealing to the stakeholders that ; policies, instructions and activities are in accordance with the current methods practiced internationally.
 
MAHAK won the NGO benchmarking in 2007 and consequently the GIC award in July 2011.
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Honors & Awards
 
MAHAK has obtained a variety of awards at national and international level during its two decades of activity. 
 
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International Activities
 
MAHAK is an organization with a noble motive for helping fellow human beings globally concentrating on children with cancer at national and international level.
International activities of MAHAK are carried out through the International Relations Department and include promoting the organizations’ activities in world bodies such as the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), United Nations Department of Public Relations (DPI), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). Activities for obtaining international donations and grants are also carried out through this department.
A major commitment of MAHAK is to share information, knowledge and expertise with the worldwide medical community. 
With a view on the importance of promoting the scientific and research cooperation as well as the exchange of information between MAHAK and other similar NGOs, hospitals and cancer centers worldwide, one of the main tasks of the department is to establish and develop relations with foreign cancer related institutes and organizations.
Call for dedicated group volunteer establishment in abroad has been one of MAHAK’s concerns from the early years of founding the organization and Finally the first group volunteer called as IKKH established in Hamburg, Germany  with the considerable attempts of an Iranian group who stay in Germany.
MAHAK representatives with their participation in annual meetings and conferences play a vital role in introducing this philanthropic financially viable charity to the international arena. 
 
 
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Participation in International Conferences
 
MAHAK has initiated partnerships with sister agencies and other international NGOs with similar goals and objectives. Some of these partnerships go back many years.  MAHAK representatives participate in annual meetings of these organizations and exchange information and experiences on child cancer response and contribute to a joint agenda  to fight cancer.
During the years 2008 and 2009 MAHAK has won awards from IDB on “Women in Development” and from UNWG (United Nations Women Guild) for purchasing hospital equipment.
The international activities of MAHAK are carried out through the International Department and include promoting the organizations’ activities in world bodies such as the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), United Nations Department of Public Relations (DPI), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).  Activities for obtaining international donations and grants are also carried out through this department.
 
• MAHAK has been a member of the International Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parent Organizations (ICCCPO) since  2000.
• MAHAK has been an affiliate of the Gustave-Roussy Institute (IGR) since 2007.  Two international congresses, "Late  effects of Childhood Cancer Treatment" in May 2008 and “Tailored Strategies for Childhood Sarcoma" in April 2009 were held jointly by MAHAK and the Gustave-Roussy Institute.
• MAHAK is an Associate Member of the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR).
• MAHAK and the Cancer Institute of Iran signed a partnership agreement on research programs in 2003.
• MAHAK receives donations from ISCC – an affiliate of MAHAK - in the United States.
• MAHAK is affiliated to St. Jude Children Cancer Research Center in Lebanon.
• MAHAK cooperates with LÖSEV, the Foundation for Children with Leukemia in Turkey.
• MAHAK also cooperates with the International Union against Cancer (UICC).
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Group volunteer
 
We are looking for dedicated, energetic group volunteers at national and international level to raise funds for cancer treatment, prevention and early detection!
Volunteers who staying outside Iran can establish group volunteer across the world to introduce MAHAK as the model of philanthropic financially viable organization and assist MAHAK to continue meeting its targets and realizing millennium development goals.
In addition, the first group volunteer has been established in Hamburg with the back of Iranian philanthropists who stay in Germany. 
 
Some volunteer opportunities include:
• Introducing MAHAK and its activities to international arena
• Organizing charitable bazaars or festivals across the country and outside Iran.
• Attending different meetings and conferences about pediatric cancer as MAHAK representatives that held outside Iran
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Terms and Conditions
1. MAHAK website has only designed to provide individuals and corporate entities with information about collaborating with, supporting, being member of this charity organization or obtaining professional information in the field of finance, treatment services to cancer-stricken children covered by MAHAK charity and its highly specialized hospital.
 
2. All rights regarding usage of its Logo, images ( Including; photos or video ) and all website designing have been reserved for MAHAK. Any copyright is merely allowed by receiving written letter of permission issued by MAHAK public relations even though you may interest to help MAHAK.
 
3. We request all philanthropists who are keen to support MAHAK and its children to get permission from MAHAK charity before using its Logo or Link. Therefore any use of name, logo and link of MAHAK is not legal without MAHAK written approval and it could lead to legal prosecution.
 
4. MAHAK doesn’t have any branches or offices in Iran or abroad except those have been mentioned in our website.
 
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The following social and psychological researches have been conducted by the department of psychology to find out better ways to prevent and palliate the suffering of children as well as their families’ anxieties and fears about cancer treatment and diagnosis.
 
1. Effects of preparing child  and parent for lumbar puncture/intrathecal injection on reported-pain intensity, distress, situation – related quality of life and changes in heart rate and blood oxygen saturation level in children with cancer
 
Several invasive and painful procedures, such as lumbar puncture on children with cancer that are associated with pain. Reducing pain distress caused by these procedures is considered an important therapeutic goal. In a pretest-posttest experimental design with control group, the effectiveness of cognitive interventions on reported-pain intensity, distress due to lumbar puncture/intrathecal injection, situation-related quality of life, changing in heart rate and blood oxygen saturation level of children with cancer and the relations between these variables, were evaluated. 41 children – parent pairs were selected and randomly assigned to either an experimental or a control group. Children were visited twice. In the first visit both groups were under routine hospital care and in the second visit, the experimental group received cognitive intervention and the control group received routine hospital care. During each visit, pain intensity, distress levels during the procedure, quality of life were measured by following instruments: Oucher, CHEOPS & The PedsQL Present Functioning visual Analogue Scales. Physiological measures were taken twice, with a pulse oximeter device. Data analysis with analysis of covariance, independent t and Pearson correlations test demonstrated that intervention had  a significant effect in reducing reported pain intensity, distress, physiological changes in  heart rate; a significant negative correlation between reported-pain intensity and level of distress with physiological in blood oxygen saturation level. Results showed that cognitive interventions are effective in reducing reported-pain intensity, distress and improving situation related quality of children’s life with cancer who are under lumbar puncture/intrathecal injection.
 
2.Presenting explaining model of depression in adolescents with cancer
 
This study aimed to present an explaining model for depression in adolescents afflicted with cancer.
 
Method: 
174 adolescents’ cancer patients (77 female and 97 male) and one of their parents were selected as the subjects of the study through convenient sampling from a number of cancer treatment centers and hospitals in Tehran, Isfahan and shiraz. The youths completed Beck Depression Inventory for Primary Care (BDI-PC), Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations (CISS-21). Illness Perception Inventory (IPQ- short form), and Multidimensional Health Locus of Control scale-form C (MHLC-C). The parents completed Family Assessment Device (FAD) and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). A researcher designed questionnaire to demographic and treatment data was also filled out by the participants.
 
Results: 
There were significant correlations between adolescents’ depression with the following variables: Parents’ depression, chance health locus of control, all types of coping (emotion focused, problem focused, and avoidance), illness perceptions, and problem solving family functioning, general family functioning and cancer relapse.  However no significant relation was indicated between adolescents’ depression with adolescents’ age, gender, the age when diagnosis was made, type of cancer, intensity of disease, family income, Parents’ educational level and migration. The result of multivariable regression analysis showed that a few variables related to adolescents, there were emotion focused coping and illness perception from the list of factors related to parent and family, there was only general family functioning.
 
Discussion:
 Depression in adolescents with cancer is on one hand significantly affected by cognitive factors of adolescents and on the other hand is influenced by psychological factors of parents and family. Hence, it is recommended to design and execute cognitive interventions such as enhancement of adolescents ‘problem focused coping strategies along with parents or family- focused treatment to prevent or manage depression in adolescents with cancer.
 
3. The relation between parental expression emotion styles and anxiety and depression in 8 to 17 years old children and adolescents with cancer
 
Cancer for the children and his family is considered as a life threatening event. Although the process of cancer treatment designed to alleviate children’s mortality, therapeutic procedures are source of pain and distress for these children. The important role of communication between parents and children and young adults with cancer is emphasized in the literature. Inability to express emotional states, repression and lack of emotional expression of parents, could create problems in parent-child relationship. Since the parents are the most important people in children and adolescents’ lives who have been diagnosed with cancer, difficulty in communication may be considered as a stressor factor children and adolescents with cancer.
The procedure of the present study is to investigate the relation between parental expression emotion styles and anxiety and depression in 8 to 17 years old children and adolescents with cancer. This research was the correlation types research. To aim this subject, our population is all children and adolescents who are under cancer treatment, whether inpatient or outpatient in specialized hospital in Tehran (6 hospital) from November 2008 to June 2009. The sample participating in his study was 1000 available children and adolescents and their parents (87 mothers & 24 fathers) who accepted to cooperate. Children and adolescent shave completed “Revised children Manifest Anxiety Scale” and “Child and Adolescents Depression Scale” and parents have completed “Emotional Expressiveness Questionnaire EEQ”, “Emotional Control Questionnaire (ECQ)” and “Ambivalence over Emotional Expressiveness Questionnaire (AEQ)”
According to results, depression in children and adolescents with cancer is related to emotional expressiveness of mothers and emotional control of fathers. Also anxiety of children and adolescents with cancer is related to emotional expressiveness and ambivalence over emotional expressiveness of mothers. Finally emotional expression styles in mother accounting for 11% of the variance in childhood anxiety.
 
4. The study of effect of medical art therapy approach on the hopelessness and anxiety of children cancer
Aim:
Cancer illness is known to challenge children developmentally and psychologically. The stress of illness negatively affects children’s concepts of themselves and their disease processes. The stress results from pain, fear, anxiety, and abrupt changes in lifestyle. It affects the child’s mind, body, and spirit. Art therapy, when coupled with medical treatment, can help the child cope with the stress and trauma of illness and restore them to appropriate developmental functioning the aim of the study was to the effects of medical art therapy on the hopelessness and anxiety of children cancer. It was hypothesized that if children receive medical art therapy approach programs, then they will exhibit marked reduce in hopelessness and anxiety. 
 
Procedure: 
This study pre-experimental (pre-test – past test one sample test) do in MAHAK hospital. Ten adolescents cancer patient participated in this study. Group therapies were conducted for 8 sessions lasting nearly 90 min. The children anxieties Inventory (Reynolds), the hopeless nesses Questionnaire were administered to the participants at two different occasions: pre-treatment, post-treatment.
 
Result:
A man ova was used to examine the effectiveness of the treatments. The results indicated that medical at therapy, led to reduction in the level of anxiety and hopelessness, of children cancer patient (P‹0/.5).: There was significant differences on the both questionnaires post intervention.).  It can be explained that medical art therapy approach made child cancer patient able to increase self positive attitude and activities that leaded anxiety to decrease anxiety and hopelessness.
 
Discussion:
The results showed that there was a significant reduction in the anxiety level, and hopelessness of participants groups after interventions. It can be interested that medical art therapy led to relief from psychological symptoms child patient cancer. To assist children cancer patient in dealing with difficult cancer encounters.
 
5.Psychological Aspects of Fertility Preservation in Cancer Patients
 
Abstract:
Introduction: With advances in the treatment of cancer, the number of young survivors with infertility is growing. The aim of this study was to review the literature investigating psychological aspects of fertility issues and fertility preservation in cancer patients.
Materials & Methods: Articles were identified in PubMed, Embase and Psych LIT as well as manually retrieved from literature citations for the time period from 2000 to 2009.
 
Results: 
According to the studies on aspect are as follows;
1. Attitude of cancer patients to fertility preservation:  Fertility is an important issue for cancer patients and their parents. 
2. Attitude of oncologists to fertility preservation: oncologists have insufficient information about ATR and their attitude toward fertility preservation is different. 
3. Specific challenges of counseling: As counseling has to be offered in a short period of time within diagnosis and treatment cycle, so the significance of time pressure should be taken into account. Besides decisions concerning treatment strategies the patients concerned have to make an additional decision with regard to fertility preservation and this in a moment that is experienced as a life crisis and considerable challenge by most of them.
4. Models of counseling: shared decision making and implication counseling.
 
Conclusion: 
The existing literature demonstrates the need for and limits of current counseling.
Future research should target the means of facilitate the decision making process for patients and their parents.
 
6. The women’s knowledge about healthy nutrition behaviors in cancer prevention in Iran – 2009
 
Introduction:
 After the heart diseases, cancer is the second agent of death in many developed countries. More than 7  million people (12.5%) who have cancer, have been died yearly. Unhealthy nutrition is an agent of about 40-60% of all cancers. 30%b of cancers in developed countries and 20% in developing countries is related to nutrition.
 
Material Methods:
 This is a descriptive study that was done on 125 women aged 20-65. This research has been studied randomly. Tools of assembling data were standard questionnaire which included 3 sections involved demographic characteristics, awareness and behavior of nutrition. Data were collected by interview.
 
Results: 
The finding of this survey showed that about 50% of women were 20-35 years and their educational level were secondary school. The awareness of women regard food groups and prevent of cancer inclusive fruit, vegetable, yogurts, oil fluid, sugar, coffee, tea and about preparing, cooking, eating, health and keeping behaviors were in desirable situation.
In the case of consume of low fiber, bean and height fiber bean, sources of animal and red flesh, bean, oil solid and fast food were in undesirable situation.
 
Conclusion: 
However, the awareness of women was in desirable level comparatively, we need more educational programs to give information to them because cancer prevention is an important task all over the world.
 
7.Appraising the predicting factors of adjustment problems in children with cancer
 
Abstract 
The present study aimed at appraising the predicting factors of adjustment problems in children with cancer. Hence, 200 parents of children with cancer (159 mothers and 41 fathers) were selected from a number of hospitals in Tehran through convenient sampling. Predicting factors in this study consisted of parents’ distress, parent-child relationship, family functioning, parents’ attachment style, intensity of disease, and demographic factors. The criterion factor included internalizing and externalizing behaviors of children with cancer. The aforementioned factors respectively were examined using the following scales: Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scale ( DASS), Child-Parent Relationship Scale-Short Form ( CPRS-S), Family Assessment Device (FAD), Adult Attachment Scale (AAS), two research designed questionnaires, one regarding the disease intensity and the other on the demographic data, and finally Child Behavior Checklist-Parent Form (CBCL). In studying the data, regression analysis revealed that the factors, conflicts in parent-child relationship, parents’ depression, child’s female gender, and positive aspects of child-parent relationship were in order of significance predictive of internalizing behaviors in children with cancer. Furthermore, the factors, conflicts in parent-child relationship, and deficits in expressing emotions in family were in order of significance predictive of externalizing behaviors in these children. It could be concluded that adjustment in children with cancer is significantly affected by psychological factors of parents and family.
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Genetic Laboratory
 
The Genetic laboratory test with its advanced facilities is one of  the Reference Laboratories in Iran, that examines the Chromosome and gene with purpose of control, how to deal with the disease (treatment) and provide solutions for children with cancer.
Genetic laboratory test unit has three Master Mix Preparation, Pre – PCR and  Post - PCR. The three units equipped with Vortexfuge, the thermo cycler, the Real time PCR system, the heating block, the device Micro centrifuge, the Gel documentation, Electrophoresis set and Heater.
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Hospital Overview
 
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 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.
MAHAK hospital now covers over 18,000 square meters and includes Emergency, Oncology, Hematology, ICU, Chemotherapy, Radiology, Radiotherapy, Psychology, Surgery rooms, Genetic Laboratory and the Children’s Heart Departments, a Dentistry Clinic as well as Diagnostic Services such as CT Scanners, MRI, Biochemical Lab, Microbiology Lab, Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy Centers. There are also welfare departments, recreation facilities, a library and an auditorium as well as children’s play rooms. Children with cancer from other countries such as Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and some African countries have access to similar patient care and services.
 
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Physicians
 
Here at MAHAK highly specialized pediatric hospital, cancer-stricken children are examined by childhood cancer specialists and until now many children are in their remission phase with the help of these physicians.  MAHAK physicians team always strives to be in a close relation with children and their families. In addition, this team always adopts the latest technology for childhood diagnosis and  treatment besides interacting with well-known pediatric and research centers.
The team meets regulary to develop individualized treatment plans for each patient and discuss new cases and their medical protocols.
In addtion, our medical group participates in national and international medical congresses, conference in order to find out the latest and accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatment.
 
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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

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Welfare Services

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 recovering from bone marrow transplants
• Provision of marginal expenses, including traveling expenses for families with financial problems
• Provision of educational expenses for recovered children as necessary

 

 
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Psycho-social Support

 

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 psychiatric 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.

 

 
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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.

 

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 Human resource

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.

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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.

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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:

  1.  The MAHAK community, like any other organization that is supported by the people, is defined by its volunteer workers.

 

  1.  By taking care of the needs of the organization, volunteer workers save MAHAK the expense of employing staff members, thereby reducing overall expenditures immensely.

 

  1.  By undertaking fundraising activities such as charity bazaars, volunteers bring in staggering incomes to the organization.



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.

 

 


 
 
 
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Hospital
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.

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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.”

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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.

 

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Here you can read some stories written by our little heroes and heroines as well as their parents and our respected volunteers who always support MAHAK to continue battling pediatric cancer.

 
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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.

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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.

 
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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.

 
 
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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.

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MAHAK offices that work under direct supervision of MAHAK fundraising department are open all day long. The staffs are divided into two groups switching shifts to receive donations all day. Since of the most important aims of the charity is to be in a close interaction with its volunteers and members, therefore MAHAK has established offices. Staff in these Offices, introduce MAHAK and its activities to the public and inform them the various packages of humanitarian aids as well as receiving monetary and non-monetary support from philanthropist, receiving required hospital equipment and special aids, distributing and receiving donation boxes, distributing membership forms among volunteers and giving information about MAHAK to philanthropists.
 
Headquarter:
DarAbad office is the main office of MAHAK that is open in two shifts. Because of providing extensive services to philanthropists, this office is different from the other ones and various types of administration affairs along with issuing thank you letters for sponsors and donors are carried out there. Darabad office is also open on holidays.
 
Address:  MAHAK Pediatric Cancer Treatment & Research Center, MAHAK Blvd., Prof. Parvaneh Vossough St., Shahid Majdi Blvd., Artesh Freeway, Tehran – Iran 
Postal Code: 1956993461 - Iran
International Relations Dept.: +98–21-22480908, +98–21 -23501008
Fax: +98–21-22485456
 
Tehran Offices:
 
1- Bastan:
The working hours of this office is 8:00 am to 7:00 pm to receive public donations.
No. 401, between Gulshan and Bastan St., Azerbijan St., Jomhouri St., Jomhouri Sq. 
Tel: +98- 21-66901900
 
2- Chizar:
Chizar office is the first and the oldest center for collecting public donations. This office is open all day long and children with cancer & their families can receive some services including:  goods, clothes, etc.
Address: No. 11, 3rd floor, Beraaia Apt., Hozeie elmie St., Khorasani St., Chizar Sq.
Tel: +98- 21- 22201312
 
3- Sattarkhan:
This office works in two shifts and gives accommodation to the children who have done Bone Marrow Transplant ( BMT) as well as receiving public donations and outlining MAHAK’s activities  to the visitors.
Address: No. 55, Shahid Safavian St.,(4th St.,), Tehran villa St., sattarkhan St.,Tehran - Iran
Tel: +98- 21- 66554081
 
4- Saadi:
The public donations are received all day long by MAHAK representatives from 8:00am to 7:00pm.
No.21, Refahi Aly, Mokhber o Doleh Cross, Saadi St.
Tel: +98-21- 33530029
 
5- Sharq:
This office is located at Sepid shopping mall in east of Tehran and is ready to give services to the donors and the one interested in knowing more about MAHAK from 10:30 am to 8:00 pm.
Unit.19, Sepid Shopping Mall, North Entrance, 1st TehranPars Sq., 
Tel: +98- 21- 77720048
 
6- Madani: 
It is possible to deliver donations to this office from 8:00am to 7:00pm and being informed about different kinds of MAHAK’s activities.
No.227, between Noor Aly and Imam Hossein Hospital, South Madani St., Nezam Abad Cross
Tel: +98- 21- 77544143
 
7- Mellat:
This office is open all day long and staff are divided into two groups switching shifts to receive donations all day.
Address: No. 11, 1st floor, Mellat Tower, Sedaghat Alley, Valiasr Ave., Tehran - Iran
Tel: +98- 21- 22037473- 4
 
 
Karaj Offices:
The only branch of MAHAK established outside Tehran is Karaj office that inaugurated  in May 2010 for distributing and receiving donation boxes, distributing membership forms among volunteers and giving information about MAHAK to philanthropists. This office is the only one located outside Tehran that is in charge of above mentioned activities and other ones that are located in different cities just give information about MAHAK to philanthropists and families who have a child with cancer.
 
Office No.1
Next to Tejarat Bank, first of Ojani Alley, next to dehkhoda School, Daneshkade St.
Tel: +98- 26- 32220177
 
Office No.2
Unit 11, 6th Floor, Tuba Bldg, first of Madani St., before Yadman Tower, before Azadegan Bridge, Taleqani Cross
Tel: +98- 26- 34498537
 
 
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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.
 

 


 

 

Biennial Report 2016 and 2017

 

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)

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International Standpoint

 

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.

 

Achievements:


• Ranked as the 1st NGO in the world by Société Génerale de Surveillance (SGS) NGO Benchmarking Audit in 2018

• Gold Winner of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) Global Project Achievement Award 2018 in the category of Sustainable Development Projects

• Recipient of the golden award from the "Top Ten Award International Network" in 2017

• Recipient of the Quality Silver Trophy from GIC International Institute in 2011

• Recipient of the Gold Award from the International Project Management Association (IPMA) in 2014

• Recipient of the Silver Prize for Green Project Management (GPM) in 2014

• The founder of MAHAK's receiving awards for women's contribution in development from International Development Bank (IDB) and from United Nations Women Guild (UNWG) for purchasing hospital equipment in 2008

 

Collaborations:


• 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

 

Memberships:


• 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

 

Sister Organizations:

 

• 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:

 

• The Iranian cancer institute about the geographical distribution of patients suffering from childhood cancer

• Iran medical science university about the impact of apoptosis induction by Noscapine on lymphoblast cell in leukemia patients

• Institute Gustavo Rouse about the effect of late treatment of childhood cancer

• CAF in Russia about the childhood cancer

•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

 

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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.

MDG1
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



MDG4
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.

MDG8
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

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Message From MD

The society to support children suffering from cancer, known as MAHAK, has turned to its third decade of activities In 2011. One of the concepts that currently is used for analysis and evaluation of growth and organization transformation is rotation of its scheme of formation. According to numerous case study on many organizations on the context of formation of organizational structures, methods of management, administrative and operational system, it has been noticed that they all follow the similar predictable pattern, this pattern consist of four stages as follows;


1.     Task Creation
2.     Cooperation with Monetary Partner.
3.     legalization
4.     Policy Making

Examining history of MAHAK in the past 25 years and analysis of its current position indicates that; Task Formation, Cooperation with Monetary Partner and Legalization are left behind and  will be entering into the fourth stage; policy Contemplation phase in its the third decade of existence .
Successful passage through three preceding stages is the result of heartfelt, truly and adoringly efforts of thousands of true hearted persons whom hand in hand followed a humanistic path. This endeavor, in the first steps, started with sentimental intent and notion of the founder of organization at Task Formation stage, and today MAHAK great family, with reliance on collective wisdom, takes the ultimate measures for realization of these humanistic cause, and the results of these sincere challenges are the treated children, and fortunately in growing numbers. We sincerely value you and MAHAK great family’s peerless aids and assistances.
MAHAK organization, in third decade of its activities, for the purpose to promote its solid values, Transparency and Accountability, prevail on its activities, earnestly is expanding communication with whoever is in conformity with us in every field and aspect especially virtual world. MAHAK organization new website is the result of this act; it has been tried to present activities, yield and outcome of the activities with maximum transparency and enthusiastically respond to your inquiries and questions. I hope that through this website all the members of MAHAK immense family can vividly visit the results of their kind supports toward Children with Cancer.

Arasb Ahmadian

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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:

  1.     Commitment to our vision and mission: We are committed, and have been since the early years of our founding, to funding and supporting every child with cancer and their respective families.

  2.     Dedication to the values of transparency and accountability in all aspects of operation: We adhere to these vital values by holding ourselves to the highest standards in our conduct.

  3.     Provision of facilities and treatment to all patients and their families without discrimination: All patients have equal access to our services and facilities regardless of nationality, race, creed or financial ability.

  4.     Compliance with international standards: MAHAK received the Société Generale de Surveillance (SGS) Verified Certificate for NGO Benchmarking in November 2007, being the first non-governmental organization in the Middle East to do so.

  5.     Financial accountability: Our biennial and other periodic reports inform the public and MAHAK staff of the generous contributions from our donors and sponsors and the manner in which they are allocated in our health care and support services, as well as our operational expenditures.
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As an organization with a noble motive to help fellow human beings, our mission and vision is defined:

 

Mission

 
MAHAK is a philanthropy established with the charitable and altruistic goal of serving humanity by combatting pediatric cancer nationally and internationally through medical care, research and support services. MAHAK is a non-profit, non-political, and non-governmental charity, dependent exclusively on public support provided in the form of funds, as well as in-kind, goods, services, and technical expertise.
Offering comprehensive services to children with cancer and their families, providing the most advanced and effective treatment services while observing the International Charter of Patients’ Rights, employing up-to-date scientific advances and establishing a new research center in order to contribute to identifying the causes of childhood cancer, and its preferred methods of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment comprise the mission of this organization.
In contributing to the reduction of the pediatric cancer rate in Iran, MAHAK has adopted a novel approach by investing in raising awareness, and in prevention education. With the objective of optimally utilizing human resource capabilities, volunteers and employees work in close cooperation to make sure humanitarian objectives are met to the highest standards. Accessing the most recent technologies enables us to further develop key capabilities.
By addressing pediatric cancer in this manner, MAHAK espouses the ideal of helping fellow human beings. Transparency, appreciation, and accountability are MAHAK’s most valued principles. 
MAHAK, is a multi-disciplinary organization with one of the largest specialized hospitals in the Middle East and as a result of its commitments and transparency in giving comprehensive services under one roof according to international best practices, is the most trusted organization for individual and institutional benefactors who believe in the optimal utilization of scarce resources as measured by effectiveness and efficiency indices.
 

 

Vision

 

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.

 

 

 

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The Society to Support Children Suffering from Cancer widely known by its acronym, MAHAK, was set up in 1991 as a non-governmental and non-profit organization (registration number 6567) with the Department of Social Affairs for NGO activities at the Ministry of Interior of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  In over two decades, we have attracted ever-increasing public support and fulfilled a great part of our mission which is to provide comprehensive support for children with cancer, thus reducing child mortality rates and empowering (or creating an environment that empowers) the families of children who suffer from cancer.

MAHAK has also gained consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as a result of which we have joined the concerted global endeavor to accomplish the strategic Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the United Nations member states, as well as the World Cancer Declaration targets by 2025.  A dazzling drop in cancer-related child mortality rates in Iran from over 80% before MAHAK to fewer than 15% today, underscores the fact that the fourth MDG, namely reducing child mortality, has been largely achieved in Iran in the sphere of pediatric cancer.  In order to make the most of this accomplishment for the community, MAHAK is undertaking an active role in fostering collaborative, synergistic relationships with sister organizations abroad, while focusing domestically on integrating best practices and sharing lessons learned.

As for raising organizational standards to global levels, MAHAK was recognized by the Société Generale de Surveillance (SGS) and awarded the Verified Certificate of NGO Benchmarking in November 2007- a major accomplishment.  We are the first non-governmental organization in the Middle East to have obtained such a certificate and the fact that the organization is ranked in the top ten globally among over 260 non-governmental organizations recently audited by SGS for NGO benchmarking verifies its organizational integrity and global stature.

MAHAK's slogan, 'Help us and let us help you' reflects our love of humanity and our motivation. During the past two decades, we have successfully built a specialized pediatric cancer hospital & research center and have managed to provide comprehensive coverage to over to 23,000 cancer-stricken children of every nationality, religion, and ethnicity and their respective families, all funded exclusively by the generous contributions of individual benefactors and through corporate sponsorship programs.

 

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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.

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Our Story

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.

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Ways to get Involved?

There are many ways which provide philanthropists with the chance to choose the program will suit their interests to help MAHAK never give up on supporting cancer-stricken children.

Types of support:

1. Financial Support
 
- Bank Transfer
Bank Alpinum AG
Beneficiary: MAHAK Society to Support Children Suffering from Cancer 
 
Beneficiary Account numbers:
IBAN number for CHF CURRENT ACCOUNT: LI 1708801200910100001
IBAN number for EUR CURRENT ACCOUNT: LI 5108801200910101814 
SWIFT: BALPLI22

ISCC Online Donation
International society for Children with Cancer known as ISCC, MAHAK affiliate, is a non-profit organization established in the state of California, US to help providing financial assistance for indigent children suffering from cancer and their families in third world countries. You can always contact ISCC through Tel: (949) 679-9911, Fax: (949) 679-3399 and visit their website:
www.iscc-charity.org

IKKH Online Donation
Another MAHAK affiliate that established recently is IKKH in Hamburg, Germany and donations collected there are channeled through IKKH. For more information visit www.ikkh.de
 
- Cash
you can assist MAHAK through cash donations. In this method, you can come to MAHAK offices located in Tehran and dedicate your donations. Meanwhile you can also transfer the cash through online payment if you stay in Iran. There are couple of account numbers for those who stay outside Iran to transfer the cash through these account numbers. These account numbers are as follows:

2. Gift-in-kind
There is a list of required goods which is available in MAHAK offices and you can find out more about this required items by contacting MAHAK OFFICES.

3. Naming Opportunity
The naming opportunity program provides the donor with the chance to choose a room, department, equipment that can be purchased as a token as a legacy for one’s family or in memory of a loved one.
Although naming opportunity is a new concept here in Iran, it is a well recognized form of fundraising throughout the world.

4. Volunteer Work
Volunteer workers are one of the main pillars of the MAHAK society, as well as its largest investment. In fact, one of the main sources of income for MAHAK comes from its volunteers. A volunteer is a philanthropist who performs good deeds without receiving any kind of payment. Here in MAHAK, a volunteer accepts a task related in some way to MAHAK and becomes responsible for it. There are volunteers who work voluntary in all branches of MAHAK, from the founder of MAHAK to the members of the boards of trustees, directors and so on. Furthermore, many of the most prominent M.Ds in the field of cancer work and support MAHAK voluntarily.

5. Group Membership
MAHAK also welcomes the Group Membership of employees in organizations and companies, donating their membership fee deducted from their monthly salary.

6. Corporate Programs
This program is created to ensure donors  loyalty and sustainability of MAHAK. The participants in this program are those companies, institutions and communities  that  wish to make a contribution to supporting our cancer-stricken children. Please visit our corporate programs page to get more information.
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