A Home Away From Home
Since the only two Oncology Centres are in Muscat, it was observed that during their period of treatment, children with cancer living outside the city, were not attending regularly their treatment protocols. This was due to the challenges in transportation and accommodation that their families had to face. As a result, they ended up compromising their immunity and not benefitting from their therapy. Realizing the difficulties faced by these families, OCA took up the challenge and commitment to ensure that these children would receive the same opportunities as their counterparts living in the city.
In January 2011, Dar Al Hanan officially opened its doors as a program dedicated to serve the needs of children with cancer who reside out of the capital, irrespective of their origin and creed. This “Home Away from Home” is operational 24 hours and 365 days a year for cancer patients and their families, from infancy to the age of 17. It provides free accommodation, three meals and shuttle services to and from where they are receiving their treatment: Royal Hospital or Sultan Qaboos University Hospital. The father, mother and lactating sibling can stay in the house with the cancer patient.
• Offer support to children with cancer and their families ensuring sustainable outpatient treatment
• Allow families to remain together while their children is undergoing cancer treatment
• Make affordable their stay in Muscat for the duration of the treatment
• Allow families to focus on what is important: their children’s health
• Since its opening in 2011, Dar Al Hanan has hosted over 360 children and their family during their cancer treatment
• Expansion of the capacity of the house, due to the increase in the demand and long waiting list.