Exciting News from Cote d’Ivoire

The Sufi Service Committee is proud to celebrate 12 years of support for the Foundation Dr Javad Nurbakhsh in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The aim of the health center is “to improve the health outcomes of disadvantaged populations, without distinction as to origin, race, or religious, political or philosophical convictions”, in a country we love for its diversity.

To achieve this mission and goal the Foundation operates around 3 main activities:

1. A health center affordable for the most disadvantaged patients that, with a team of 60 professionals, provided 30,000 medical consultations in 2016.
2. A series of free health outreach and screening campaigns (Malaria, HIV, TB, …).
3. A social and welfare program that covers health care expenses; provides foodstuffs and school supplies; offers creative workshops for children; and supports income generating activities to assist families in achieving financial self-sufficiency.

Côte d’Ivoire has one of the highest prevalence rates of HIV infection in West Africa. The life expectancy is only 54 years old and malaria kills thousands of people and children every month.

The approach of the Foundation Dr Javad Nurbakhsh and its Medical Center has been to create a high quality health care facility in a location where many local residents can afford to pay reasonable fees, but an area also easily accessible to more indigent populations. To attract and retain patients, they offer a wide range of state-of-the-art services at considerably less cost than other local facilities. The income generated from paying clients has been sufficient to underwrite the cost of treatment for those unable to pay.

The Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh Foundation works in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and is an important part of their national network of community health centers. We ask for your support to enhance and maintain the Foundation, its medical center and all its projects for those in great need.

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