A group of doctors, who had initiated Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement in 1984, began serving the health needs of the tribals with a community based clinic in cowshed at Bramhagiri village. This small clinic, which also served as the living quarters for the Doctors, was named the Jan Kalyan Tribal Hospital (JKTH). In the initial days doctors walked miles to reach to the patients, make them aware of health related issues, and the care that they can access right at their doorstep at the JKTH. The team had to contend with meager resources, bad roads and extremely difficult living conditions, placed in the midst of the forest with no basic facilities around. Equally Himalayan was the challenge of being accepted by the local community – as friends, and as Doctors. The doctors first focused on winning a place in the hearts of the tribal people, and merged with the local communities. The children became friends and playmates. With the gradual acceptance as part of the community, came the acceptance of the modern concepts of healthcare, medicines, schooling etc. The going was tough, given the fact that all the doctors were urban-born, urban-bred. As a result of this commitment and hard work, help was to come to this group of youngsters in many unexpected ways. In July 1988, a donation of two acres of land was made by a local land owner for the construction of full-fledged hospital at Kenchanahalli. Support for the construction gradually trickled in. A hospital with Outpatient dispensary, Lab, 10-bedded inpatient facility came up over a period of 2 years. A house for the doctors to stay also came up. By the end of the 2 years, the doctors, by sheer compulsion of the circumstances, had also turned engineers and contractors!
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