For the first time in its 85 year history, the Rotary Club of Nairobi and Dr. Mukesh Joshi were awarded with the Rotary International Significant Achievement Award in recognition of their Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication project.
This is the highest service award that can be awarded to any Rotary Club.
This award was presented to Dr. Joshi and his team for rendering honorary services for the last thirty years for performing 15,000 cataract operations, more than 100 corneal transplants and laser for Diabetic retinopathy.
Our “Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication” project team includes Rtn. Salim Fazal (coordinator), Rtn. Gideon Gakwabi (community service chairman), Rtn. Arun Devani (Chief fund raiser), Rtn. David Hastie (treasurer & past president) and Rtn. Hasmukh Rawal lead by Hon. Rtn Dr.Mukesh Joshi were honored for rendering their honorary services.
Dr. Mukesh Joshi was honored with the Mahatma Gandhi Award on the 12th October 2012. He was presented this award at the House of Lords in the Houses of Parliament (UK) by her Right Honorable Baroness Sandip Verma (Minister of Energy and Climate Change – UK) on behalf of the NRI Welfare Society of India.
Dr. Mukesh Joshi, medical director of Laser Eye Centre, was honored with the Hind Rattan Award (Jewel of India) by the NRI (Non-Residential India) welfare society in conjunction with the government of India on the eve of Republic Day of India 25thJanuary 2012 for his excellency in the field of ophthalmology in:
- Corneal Transplant for the last 30 years but now with the new technology we do Laser Assisted corneal transplant (CLAT) which is available for the first time in Africa.
- Laser for Medical Retina since 1989
- Cataract Extraction by Phaco-Emulsification since 1993
- Laser Vision Correction with Lasik and Epi-Lasik (wavelight with Moria) since 2005 and now with the new technology the No-Cut No TouchC-Ten laser( Ivis 1000Hz) for the first time in Africa
- Cross-Linking for Kerectoconous Patients since 2006.
- His charitable work currently with the Rotary Club of Nairobi and previously with the lions club where his team have performed 14000 free cataract operations. He has already been honored by the Rotary Club of Germany “Marburg Schloss” with the Paul Harris fellowship award (highest award in Rotary Club).
There are about 27 million Non-Residential Indians living globally (Indian Diaspora) and there is an NRI welfare society registered in Delhi. The society has been running for over 31 years so far. Dr. Joshi is the first ophthalmologist to be honored like this by the NRI community. Every year, the NRI welfare society honors 30-35 NRIs in various fields.
Dr. Joshi’s family roots are in East Africa and he holds a British passport; he has lived and worked in East Africa for over 4 decades although he studied in India. His family has been in East Africa for four generations.
Dr. Mukesh Joshi is currently an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Nairobi and under the banner of Kenya Rural Eradication Blindness Project, Dr. Joshi and his team have performed over 15,000 free cataract and corneal transplant operations in Kenya. He has been awarded the Paul Harris fellowship award for this work by the Rotary Club of Marburg Schloss, Germany.