The University of Iowa

‘The Hospital in the Jungle’ lecture Oct. 28

October 20th, 2010

Presenter: R. Balasubramaniam
Topic: “The Hospital in the Jungle: The Vindication of Human Rights for a South Indian Adibasi Community”
When: Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: 1117 University Capitol Centre

In 1984, Dr. R. Balasubramaniam and a group of four young medical students from the Mysore Medical College in India set out to serve the poor and the marginalized in the spirit of reform and sacrifice.  Beginning with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) Ayurvedic hospital, after 25 years they have built up substantial hospital-based health and education programs and community development Initiatives that benefit nearly 300,000 tribals and non-tribals.

R. Balasubramaniam, M.D., is founder and director of SVYM and founder of a school for tribal children, both near Mysore, India.

This lecture is sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program (SASP) and International Programs. For information on other upcoming SASP lectures, visit