Sector : Orthopaedics
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
The Nairobi Hospital
Nairobi ( KENYA)
Ancestry: Borawad, Rajasthan (INDIA)
Birthplace: Wardha, Maharashtra (INDIA)
Residence: Nairobi ( KENYA), Nagpur (INDIA)
One excursion that changed his life
Prakash was born on 20 August 1946 to Rukhmini devi and Madhavdas Heda. He was second among six siblings after his elder sister Malti.
He studied at the only government school in the village. Marathi, Madhyamik Shala, which was only till grade 7. Sports interested him more than academics, and he often skipped classes to play or participate in the community functions such as Ganesh Utsav and Durga Pooja.
Though with age he grew sincere towards acadmrics too, interest for community service never faded. Looking at his love for education, his parents sent him to his maternal grandparents place in Washim, Maharashtra, where he attended a government school until 1962.
Whether it was the maturity that comes with age or the change or some lessons from his maternal grandparents is not known, but Prakash was a changed student here. He studied hard and also became the school captain.
Prakash had started dreaming of being a reputed engineer, to realise his goals he joined Engineering College in Vidisha, but one excursion to a medical college in 1964 changed his mind. He left Engineering to enroll for MBBS at Government Medical College and Hospital, University of Nagpur, and later moved to Bombay to earn a post-graduate diploma and degree in Orthopedic Surgery from Bombay University.
He earned a master’s degree in Orthopedic Surgery, FICA certificate from Fellow International College of Angiology and FICS from Fellow International College of Surgeons in the USA.
After college in 1971, he joined JJ Hospital and G.S.Medical College, Bombay, as a houseman registrar as a post graduate student starting at Rs112 a month and worked at various hospitals in Bombay until 1979, the last as the Chief of Orthopaedic department at E.S.T.S Hospital in Andheri, Bombay. He was the youngest consultant there.
He has also been the Federation Secretary of Africa for the International College of Surgeons (USA), Regional Secretary of Africa for the International Association for Accident & Traffic Medicine (Turkey) and In-charge of the East Africa Chapter of the World Orthopaedic Concern (UK). With this, he has also served as the Chairman of the Standards and Ethics Committee, elected Board Member at the Nairobi Hospital and Vice Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee.
He also started a health club at Washim, Maharashtra and helped in building Maheshwari Bhavan (social multipurpose hall) in his village Garhwa, Manora. Prakash has always had a very special place for the Marwari community in his heart. He loves to contribute to the development of his community.
He always says, “We all should concentrate on prevention, maintenance and promotion of our rich culture and heritage by improving related infrastructure, industries and security to well come global tourist.” He has initiated a programme named Spring Board through which he supports the deserving candidates to live their dreams.
All Roots of Goodness Lie in the Soil of Appreciation of Goodness
He continues to do charity work both in the medical and the community space and awards till date bestowed for service and excellence to name a few include:
Both above conferred by then President, H.E. President Daniel T. Arap Moi, C.G.H..MP, President, & Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kenya.
The motherland, India, has also bestowed him with similar honors for outstanding service and
Not over looking or foregoing the opportunities to serve India as well.
Change the World with Giving Heart
He is also a “Member” of International Roll Ball Federation medical commission. He is also known and recognized by his white safari suit.
His service, above professional gain or growth, has always been towards humanity, irrespective of any borders, physical, financial or generational and he continues on with no less steam than when he began.
As an Indian Ambassador to Africa
Continuing to give selflessly is how Prakash represents India in Africa. He has climbed from life member, trustee, and board members to patron on various social organizations in Kenya and India.
As the Chairman (patron) of Hindi Samiti, he has been promoting Hindi language and eagerly works towards a strong relationship between India and Kenya. Presently, he is the patron of Hindi Samiti and Maharashtra Mandal, Nairobi. He was a key figure to take the Jaipur Foot Project to East Africa.