The Centre de Santé Nimatoullah opened in 2005 under the guidance of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, the Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order at the time, with the mission to provide excellent and affordable primary health care services to marginalized individuals. The initial funding for the Centre was provided by the Nimatullahi Sufi Order and the Order continues to provide medical assistance for the day to day operations of the Centre and financial assistance for development projects.
Whether marginalized on the basis of poverty, religion, ethnicity or a stigmatized medical condition, all are attentively cared for by our staff. We strive to achieve our mission with compassion, loving-kindness and generosity that stresses the fraternity and equality of all human beings. Working in conjunction with the Ivoirian Ministry of Health, we have demonstrated how a small group of determined people can affect great change in addressing the needs of an underserved community. We believe our self-sustaining model for free-standing, community-based urban health care services can be replicated by other organizations around the world.
The Center currently has four consultation rooms, six in-patient beds, a pharmacy, laboratory, radiological suite, and one dental suite. Our goal for 2013 is to complete repairs from flood damage to the lower level. Optimistically, we hope to begin construction on our new operating and maternity suites that were destroyed by war and flooding, as well as to increase the number of consultation rooms to accommodate our ever-growing patient population.
With almost 111,500 interventions provided for 17,560 individual persons, we served more than 48 persons per day during 2012, a 33% increase over our 2011 numbers with no sacrifice to the individual care and compassion given to each. In the USA, 17,000 patient visits would generate over 2.6 million dollars in revenue at an average of $150 per patient visit. Our Abidjan center operated on an annual budget of less than $410,000.