The Centre de Santé Nimatoullah in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire is a professionally-managed, volunteer-driven, community-based organization focused on the empowerment of individuals and communities by improving health care status through education, partnership building, and both modern and traditional clinical interventions.
As a group, we are committed to working toward the goals established by the World Health Organization’s millennial objectives for health improvement, which call for reducing child mortality rates, addressing learning disabilities, improving maternal health indicators, and combating HIV/AIDS and other preventable conditions.
We are dedicated to providing health care services regardless of race, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender, age or ability to pay. 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 under-served 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.
Our clinical team is made up of more than 50 medical professionals. including medical generalists, pediatricians, mid-wives, nurses, aides, and consulting physicians specializing in surgery, hematology, diabetology, dermatology, rheumatology, urology, neurology, ophthalmology and cardiology.
We provided 19,064 consultations to 31,897 individual persons during 2013, a 8% increase over our 2012 numbers. The Center currently has four consultation rooms, six in-patient beds, a pharmacy, laboratory, radiological suite, dental suite, and one HIV unit. For 2014 we need to make an extension (a new entrance room) to our building to face our ever-growing patient population. We also have to undertake important works as we have been flooded again recently.
The Centre de Santé Nimatoullah opened in 2005 under the benevolent 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.
No community health project stands alone because the needs are too great for individual efforts to create enduring changes. Over the past seven years in Abidjan, we have developed a network of partnerships and affiliations that enable us to do our work more effectively and efficiently. Those partnerships include the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, World Bank, CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere Inc.), DePaul University, Flora Family Foundation and the Ivoirian National Institute of Public Health (INSP), a division of the Ministry of Health.