Celebrating Indian doctors making a difference in Africa for last 20 years


On 15 October, we honoured former RI President Rajendra K. Saboo and his wife Usha Saboo for conceiving the first-ever initiative of medical missions to Africa 20 years back.

The Intercontinental Medical Mission was conceived in August 1998, to enable Indian doctors to serve beyond borders and spare their time and expertise to heal the suffering humanity in Africa.

This year, from 5th to 15th August, a team of 18 medical specialists and 9 volunteers led by PRIP Saboo, conducted 420 eye, 56 orthopaedic, 94 general, 38 Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT), 23 plastic, 420 dental and 27 gynaecological surgeries.

The team of doctors from India also trained Ugandan doctors in newer medical techniques.

City doctors in the team included: eye specialist Rtn Dr SPS Grewal, dentist Dr Jagat Bhushan, surgeon Dr Kuldeep Dhawan, plastic surgeon and Dr V.D. Singh. PDG Shaju Peter was the Team Coordinator.

His Excellency, the Vice-President of the Republic of Uganda, Hon Edward Sekandi visited the camp during the mission to congratulate the team.

District Governor Praveen Goyal presented Citations to the team members of the Ugandan Medical Mission.

PRIP Rajendra K Saboo was honoured for his selfless service by the Interactors, Rotaractors, Doctors, Volunteers, Members of Innerwheel and Rotary Club Chandigarh.

PP Dr. PS Chari, an eminent plastic surgeon who has been a part of many medical missions, was honoured for lifetime of service to mankind.

Medical Mission to Uganda

A medical mission, consisting of 18 doctors of different specialties and 7 volunteers including Rotarians and spouses, is leaving for Uganda on 5 August 2018 and will be in Uganda till 15 August.

The doctors will operate upon a large number of patients and also hold OPDs for thousands. Rotarians Dr. SPS Grewal and Dr. Jagat Bhushan from our Club are part of the team of doctors. PRIP RK Saboo and R’Ann Usha Saboo are going as volunteers with the mission.

A brainchild of PRIP RK Saboo, it was exactly 20 years ago that the first medical mission went to Uganda and the country is being revisited on the occasion of 20th anniversary of the medical missions. The budget outlay of this project is US $97000. The mission is a project of Rotary District 3080, along with Districts 3131 and 3132.