There are people who refuse to rise when faced a tragedy, but then there are heroes who decide to fight with the very situation which had gotten them down. This is the story of Dr. Hanumappa Sudarshan Reddy.
Born on 30th December 1950 in Yemalur on the outskirts of Bangalore,a personal tragedy in Dr.Sudarshan’s life led him to dedicate his life to tribal welfare.
Dr. Sudarshan’s father died in a village without any medical help when he was just twelve-an occurrence that led him to pursue medicine.
Graduating from Bangalore Medical College as a medical doctor, he joined the charitable health institutions of Ramakrishna Mission and travelled deep into the interiors to several tribal regions of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Karnataka.
Dr. Sudarshan pays particular attention to the problems of the tribals such as cases of snake bite, mauling by bears, Pneumonia, Tuberculosis and Acute Respiratory Infections.
Upon learning that the Soliga tribals suffer from Sickle Cell Anemia , Dr. Sudarshan developed a low cost electrophoresis machine for early diagnosis of the disease.
He has also trained tribal girls as Auxiliary Nurses & Midwives and posted them in the Tribal Sub-centers. He provides quality healthcare to the tribals by the introduction of low premium health insurance for all the people living below the poverty line.
Dr.Sudarshan also started the Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra for the integrated development of tribals in the Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka, which has resulted in huge societal transformation. Roads, hospitals and educational institutions are now seen, in what was earlier, an area with no development. The earning capacity of those living there has also increased with the technology resource centre as a base.
Dr. Sudarshan’s greatest joy, is experiencing the resuscitation of patients’ whose lungs and heart had stopped, seeing smiles on the faces of poor patients who come to the hospital with cataracts in both eyes and walk out with full vision after the surgery.
India needs thousands of doctors like Dr. Sudarshan to provide quality healthcare to our rural citizens with four noble words leading them on: “what can I give”.