MAHAK- the Society to Support Children Suffering from Cancer, commonly known by its acronym, MAHAK, was established around twenty-six years ago as a non-governmental and non-profit organization supporting children with cancer under 16 years of age, and their families. The very first idea of establishing MAHAK was triggered when Ms. Saideh Ghods, founder of MAHAK, became intensely preoccupied with the idea of building a charity-oriented organization for children with cancer and their families after her own daughter’s survivorship from this disease. This was done initially by a few volunteers.
In the twenty-six years of existence, this institution has managed to provide comprehensive support to over 27,000 children, over half of which have either gained their full health back or are on their way. The three guiding lights and frameworks by which MAHAK operates are its vision and mission statements and its core principles.
By attracting public support and the assistance of philanthropic members and volunteers, MAHAK has achieved significant successes in the fields of treatment, care and research during its more than two decades of activity to the point where it is now one of the pre-eminent medical centers in the Middle East.
Moreover, the Boards of Trustees and Directors of the organization are comprised of volunteers many of whom have been with MAHAK since its inception. To name one, Prof. Parvaneh Vossough, initially as a volunteer associate director, became the chairperson of MAHAK’s Board of Trustees after her formal retirement, and later, she assumed the additional responsibility of becoming the chief physician of MAHAK hospital. Prof. Parvaneh Vossough passed away on May 19, 2013 at the age of 78. On the occasion of the National Day for Physicians, the street sign of Prof. Parvaneh Vossough, one of the foremost global authorities in pediatric oncology and the Founder of Pediatric Oncology in Iran, has been submitted in Tehran on August 24, 2015.


MAHAK’s International Status and Memberships:

• Ranked as the 4th NGO in the world by Société Generale de Surveillance (SGS) NGO benchmarking among 299 organizations in 2016
• 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
• 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
• Membership in Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) since 2008
• Collaboration with Gustave-Roussy Institute (IGR) since 2007
• Recipient of the Silver Prize for Green Project Management (GPM) in 2014
• Membership in International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR) since 2009
• Recipient of the Quality Golden Trophy from GIC International Institute in 2011
• Membership in MedicRes Institute since 2011
• Membership in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) since 2014
• Membership in Childhood Cancer International (CCI) since 2000
• Membership in CCI’s Regional Committee since 2012
• Membership in the Society of Hematologic Oncology (SOHO) since 2015
• Collaboration with Kurdistan Save the Children (KSC) since 2012
• Membership in United Nation Global Compact since 2016
• Collaboration with LÖSEV, the Foundation for Children with Leukemia in Turkey since 2013
• Educational Collaboration with Relief International since 2016
• Membership in European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) since 2015
• Membership in American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) since 2015
• Membership in Asia-Pacific Blood and Marrow Transplantation Group (APBMT) since 2015
• Honorary Membership in Eastern Mediterranean Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EMBMT) since 2015

MAHAK Services

Treatment Services: MAHAK Pediatric Cancer Treatment and Research Center (MPCTRC)

From the beginning, MAHAK founders intended to establish a specialized hospital focused on providing medical services to children with cancer. This effort to create a hospital was launched in 1999 by Dr. Karbassizadeh whose late spouse, Ms. Afsaneh Dabiri, had been affected by cancer, along with tireless support and financial contributions of other well-wishers. In 2001, most of the construction was undertaken and purchasing required equipment became a priority. This complex with over 18,000 square meters of useful space and the capacity to admit and host 100 patients and one parent with each started its formal operation in 2007 delivering:


    Primary Services

- Diagnosis
- Treatment: Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, Palliative Care, Transplantation
- Research

   Complimentary Services: Eye, ENT, Cardiology, Neurosurgery, Dental, Pain Clinics, All Laboratory and Para-Clinical Services
- Emergency & Ambulatory Services
- Pediatric ICU
- One of the key features of MAHAK hospital integration assessment, diagnostic, treatment and recovery processes under one roof which many international studies have shown leads to increasing the chance of recovery
- Close cooperation between the medical team, support services specialists including social workers and psychologists - All services provided at MAHAK hospital are completely free-of-charge to qualified patients.

Support Services across the Country
MAHAK’s Support Services Department provides comprehensive services through its three divisions:
• Social Work
• Psychology Department
• Residential Services:

- SattarKhan Residential Center
- DarAbad Residential Center

The mission of Support Services is to provide the children and their families all the necessary support, thereby allowing the patients and their families to focus solely on treatment and future wellbeing. In addition to MPCTRC, the organization also cooperates with 32 public and university hospitals throughout the country with pediatric cancer wards in order to extend MAHAK’s support services to all in need.