Born in 1965 in Orissa, India, Dr. Swarup Mishra, alongside his wife Dr. Pallavi Mishra, made a life-changing decision to move to Kenya in 1997.
Armed with dreams of finding greener pastures, the couple settled in Eldoret, a town known for its vibrant community and promising opportunities.
Their initial struggles were stark, arriving in Kenya with only $500, approximately Sh30,000 at the time.
However, adversity became the fuel for their determination.
Dr. Mishra’s journey began with occasional surgical engagements in towns around Eldoret, laying the groundwork for what would later become a significant medical contribution.
After a period of settling into the Kenyan landscape, Dr. Mishra secured a position as a lecturer at Moi University School of Medicine.
For 16 years, he dedicated himself to educating future medical professionals in the department of reproductive health.
The turning point in Dr. Mishra’s journey came in 2006 when, along with his wife, he established the first Mediheal hospital in Eldoret.
Their combined savings and loans paved the way for a facility that would not only provide healthcare services but also make groundbreaking advancements in the field.
The Eldoret facility, strategically located along the Eldoret-Nakuru highway, specialized in reproductive health issues, particularly fertility treatments.
It achieved a milestone by becoming the first in the East African region to perform a laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, a kidney transplant procedure using specialized cameras.
Buoyed by the success of their flagship hospital, the Mishras expanded their reach. Additional branches were established in Nakuru and Nairobi, solidifying their commitment to providing accessible and high-quality healthcare.
The vision went beyond borders, with international branches in Ethiopia and Rwanda, making the Mediheal brand synonymous with excellence.
The financial success that followed marked a new chapter for Dr. Mishra. Speaking in a past interview, he revealed, “As we are talking now, our total investment in terms of the number of hospitals and the services we offer is around 100 million dollars, which is around Sh10 billion.”
However, Dr. Mishra’s contributions extend beyond medical excellence.
The Mishra family’s philanthropic activities positioned them as integral members of the Uasin Gishu County community. Dr. Mishra, in particular, became known as ‘Kiprop arap Chelule’ among the Kalenjin people, a name bestowed upon him to honor his generosity.
Translated, ‘Kiprop’ means born during the rain, and ‘Chelule’ signifies from outside baptized into inside—a fitting tribute to a man who embraced and supported the local community.
In 2017, Dr. Mishra ventured into the unpredictable world of Kenyan politics. Running for the Kesses parliamentary seat on a Jubilee party ticket, he secured a resounding victory with 23,314 votes. His closest challenger, Isaac Terer, the former Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker, garnered 5,681 votes.
However, the political landscape proved dynamic. In the 2022 general election, Dr. Mishra sought to defend his seat as an independent candidate. Despite his previous success, he faced a formidable opponent in Julius Ruto of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party. The outcome saw Dr. Mishra conceding defeat.