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Also read this report in 'The Asian'. Click image to enlarge.

Also read this report in ‘The Asian’. Click image to enlarge.

The Rotary Club of Nairobi has run the Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication Project since1985.

During the month of May 2018, Rotary Club of Nairobi will carry out the second Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication eye camp for the Rotary Year 2017/18 (targeting another 200 plus cataract surgeries).

During January 2018, over 216 cataract surgeries took place in Kisumu. This was a three day eye camp. Patients were screened and transported from neighboring towns. They were  accommodated, fed and operated on and thereafter transported safely back to the​ir towns. The surgeries were performed at the Kisumu Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital with patients from Kericho, Kapsabet, Kisii, Siaya, Ahero and Kisumu. The cataract surgeries were performed by Honorary Rotarian Ophthalmologist Dr Mukesh Joshi and his team. Patients were accommodated at Jalaram School.

Picture of Honorary Rotarian Ophthalmologist Dr Mukesh Joshi performing a cataract surgery.

Honorary Rotarian Ophthalmologist Dr Mukesh Joshi performing a cataract surgery.

The eye surgeries performed have led to the restoration of vision to many beneficiaries and this has in turn enabled them to earn a livelihood and leads to a direct positive impact on their immediate families and community, thus leading to economic empowerment (besides the focus area of disease prevention).

In the past 30 years, over 16,000 free cataract operations have taken place by this program by the Rotary Club of Nairobi (RCN).


1000 operations in one year!

Since 1985 we have been running the Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication Project to perform cataract operations to poor and deserving people.

The team comprises an opthalmic crew with theatre equipment and sets up a makeshift operation theatre to perform the cataract operations. Operations have been conducted in Eldoret, Mukumu, Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu, Kericho, Kaptagat, Nyeri, Thika, Kabras, Eldama Ravine, Chogoria, Kapenguria and Kisii.

Over 10,000 free cataract operations have been undertaken. There are still over 100,000 patients awaiting cataract operations. Apart from cataracts, Kenya has perhaps the highest incidence of Keratoconus, which is very common in young patients. The normal shape of the cornea is similar to that of a soccer ball, however, in a Keratoconus patient, the cornea tends to be Similar to the shape of a rugby ball. If this condition is not treated in time, the cornea perforates leadiflg to corneal blindness. For the last four years, we started regular Keratoplasty operations in Kenya and the Eye Bank (Tissue Bank Intemational, Baltimore, U.S.A.) is sending free corneas and we are performing free corneal grafting operations.

The cost of a single eye camp is Kshs.1 million for an average of 180 operations or Kshs.5,500 per operation.

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