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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).


The Rotary Club of Nairobi, under the constant stewardship of Honorary Rotarian Dr. Mukesh Joshi, the presidents of the club and its members, have run the Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication Project since its inception in 1985.

The project was initiated in partnership with the Rotary Club of Marburg-Schloss (Germany) and other Rotary clubs from Belgium and the Netherlands. This initiative aims to eradicate blindness across the country by performing cataract surgeries and corneal transplants on patients remotely in rural areas.

Read more in the brochure:

thumbnail of Brochure 2018 – Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication

By Community Service director Gideon Akwabi

Project

Date

Venue & Outcomes

Spend

Rural Blindness eradication Program (Eye Camp) 28 to 29th
Nov 2015
Hema Hospital Kisii:

220 Patients Operated on

Kshs. 1,500,000
Rotary Sunshine Rally 28th Feb 2015 Jamhuri ASK Showground:

3,000 children with various disabilities entertained for a whole day. Project in conjunction with other Rotary Clubs from Kiambu, Nairobi and Machakos County

RCN contribution

Kshs. 67,000/=

Chandaria Foundation – 50,000/=

Premchandbhai Foundation 50,000/=

Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) 1st to 11th March 2015 AIC Kajiado, Cura [Kiambu County], Kisii, Bondo, Emali, Ruben Centre and Kihumbuini Primary school Nairobi.

A Total of 4,000 bed kits distributed. Each bed kit contained, a mattress, mosquito net, school supplies, a school bag, a sleeping suit, slippers and sweater

SCAW Donation

CAD 140,000 or Kshs. 11,088,000/=

RCN contribution for local logistics,

Kshs.576,000/=

Rural Blindness eradication Program (Eye Camp) 19th to 21st June 2015 Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referal hospital Kisumu:

187 patients operated on from Kisii, Kapsabet, Siaya, Kericho and kakamega

Kshs. 1,309,000
Jiko Project report To be advised shortly. Needed some confirmations from Atia who I have been unable to reach on phone. TBA

My gratitude goes to

  • the RCN board of 2014-15.
  • President Kamal for leading from the front.
  • Rtn. Faith for being accessible and making the fund timely availability of the funds.
  • Rtns. Nelson Mburu and Irina Wandera for the leadership on the Sunshine rally and SCAW 2015.
  • Rtns. Joshi and Salim for their service and commitment to the Rural Blindness eradication project.

This list is not limited to the above named Rotarians. I have depended on the experience of the individuals in the list to move our programs forward in the current Rotary year.

An appeal will be made to individuals, particularly new Rotarians, to join and get the true experience of service above self.

Yours in Service,

Gideon Akwabi, Club Service Director 2015-16