During the second half of March the cases of COVID 19 increased in Cote d’Ivoire resulting in a fifty percent (50%) decrease of patients. We dropped from an average of 25 to only 12 visits per day through June. This resulted in a significant reduction of revenue that left the health center unable to meet its social program and medical operating costs. All our weekend arts workshops were cancelled, and a variety of other cost-saving options were being discussed when the full-time staff spontaneously offered to accept pay cuts as a “COVID effort” gesture. Thankfully, in July operating income increased and all staff were put back on full salaries. We are grateful to our loyal employees and to all the other local and international donors who continue to provide financial assistance during this difficult time.
The Fondation Dr Javad Nurbakhsh, a non-governmental organization, is a not-for-profit charity in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. We opened our doors in 2005 to provide primary healthcare services at a lower cost than other local centers. As our patient population grew we saw the need for educational and social support programs that enhance quality of life in ways that directly impact on overall physical and mental wellbeing.
Our center focuses on preventive health care such as pre-natal monitoring, vaccinations, and health screenings in addition to a broad range of medical consultations with on-site specialists. Local residents also benefit from our educational programs on key topics such as hygiene, tuberculosis, HIV and malaria. Working with our Social Program we opened a mobile outreach clinic in a particularly underserved neighborhood. This is just one more initiative to assure that no one is denied care due to inability to pay for services including transport, medications and laboratory studies.
The social service programs act as a link between the medical service and precarious patients whose socio-economic situations have limited their access to health care either due to the cost of the care or the cost of transportation to a medical facility. Candidates for participation in our programs are referred by the health care staff and are screened by our social worker. Eligibility for the various aspects of our services is determined by personal interviews, home visits, and analysis of family financial resources. The status of each person chosen for participation is reviewed every six months.
Your donation will help fund the updating of our equipment and facilities as well as the construction of a Mother/Infant Center. It is tax-deductible for donors paying taxes in the USA.