Leela Joshi

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Dr Leela Joshi is an Indian gynaecologist and social worker known for her work with tribal women and teenage girls suffering from Anemia in Ratlam district. Nicknamed as the Mother Teresa of the Malwa region, Dr Joshi was conferred Padma Shri in 2020.[1]


Dr Joshi began her career as an assistant surgeon with Indian Railways in Kota, Rajasthan.[2] She retired from the railways in 1997 from the position of Chief Medical Director. After retiring from active service, Dr Joshi moved to Ratlam district in Madhya Pradesh where she started providing free healthcare service to tribal women and children.

She was listed among top 100 influential women of the country in a survey carried out by Dept of Women and Child Development and in 2020, she was awarded the Padma Shri India's fourth highest civilian award for her work amongst Tribals in Madhya Pradesh.[3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ Trivedi, Vivek (2020-01-27). "Dr Leela Joshi, Mother Teresa of MP, Awarded Padma Shri for 22-Year Service to Tribal Women". News18. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  2. ^ Sinha, Mansi (2020-02-04). "22 सालों से आदिवासी महिलाओं का मुफ्त इलाज कर रहीं 82 साल की लीला जोशी, इन्हें मध्य प्रदेश की मदर टेरेसा कहते हैं". Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi). Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  3. ^ "रतलाम की डॉक्टर लीला जोशी को पद्यश्री ..." Patrika. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  4. ^ "पद्मश्री से पहले कई राष्ट्रीय सम्मान मिले हैं डॉक्टर लीला जोशी को, इंदिरा गांधी ने भी दी थी शाबासी". Dainik Bhaskar. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, George Fernandes given Padma Vibhushan posthumously. Here's full list of Padma award recipients". The Economic Times. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  6. ^ "National Doctor's Day: The Medical Heroes Who Won a Padma Award in 2020". News18. Retrieved 2021-09-01.