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Lifeline Express to have 2 more coaches for cancer treatment.

To increase the scope of treatment in Lifeline Express, two additional coaches equipped with detection and control of cancer and stroke will be augmented in the service from tomorrow.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu along with Health Minister JP Nadda will inaugurate the augmentation of two additional coaches to the existing five-coach hospital train Lifeline Express.

The coaches are meant for the detection and control of oral, breast and cervical cancer, prevention of stroke and family health services, according to a release.

These additional services will be provided to augment the existing restorative surgeries conducted for sight, hearing, clefts, burn contractures and orthopaedic impairment, and treatment of epilepsy and dental problems on the Lifeline Express.

Three fully equipped Operation Theatres will be available for free-of-cost services to the rural poor across India. A total of 10,000 people will benefit at each project location. The augmented seven-coach Lifeline Express will commence its 178th Lifeline Express project at Satna, in Madhya Pradesh from December 15 till January 5, 2017. Other Lifeline Express projects in 2017 will be at Telangana, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, MP, Gujarat and other locations.

This is a unique project which has so far medically treated over one million disabled poor in rural India, all free of cost, made possible with the donated services of over 200,000 medical professionals from around the world.

Lifeline Express has performed more than one lakh surgeries for restoration of mobility, vision, hearing and correction of facial deformities.

The Lifeline Express has also provided treatment for Epilepsy and dental ailments.

Known worldwide as the “Magic Train of India” has been the model for several countries to replicate this unique project with Hospital Trains and River Boat Hospitals.

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Posted by on December 28, 2016 in Uncategorized



Hospital on rails for free health services to get 2 more coaches

Lifeline Express, the world’s first hospital on a train which uses Indian Railways network to take free public health services to remote rural locations in the country, has been given two more coaches for performing cancer and family planning operations.

Started in 1991 as a partnership between NGO Impact India Foundation and Railways, the five-coach train is equipped with an operation theatre and sophisticated gadgets to conduct surgeries for cleft palate, cataract removal, orthopaedic and ear ailments. The team has treated more than a million patients and conducted 1 lakh surgeries free of cost across 19 states, including Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The team has set a benchmark in cleft and cataract surgeries in the areas it visited, railways officials said.

Based on specifications given by the NGO, Southern Railway will modify two more coaches in Perambur in Chennai to install equipment for conducting surgeries for cancers of the breast, mouth and cervix, as well as family planning surgeries, said Dr Rajnish Gourh, chief executive of Lifeline Express. The new coach will have a mammography machine costing around 1 crore, he said.

“Many rural areas, especially in the north-east region, are poor when it comes to proper diagnosis of cancer. Especially with breast cancer, rural women have some kind of a psychological block. For example, we discovered that women in several tribal regions are reluctant to report a lump in their breast (a symptom of breast cancer). We are trying to reach out to such locations and create awareness that it is a curable condition,” said Gourh. Lifeline Express solicits help from the local public health officials.

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Posted by on November 14, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Lifeline Express to stay on track for emergencies

With three medical coaches having mini operation theatres, the Lifeline express will stay put at Nashik Road Railway station during the shahi parvani days to help those in need of medical help.

The Indian Railways had decided to deploy one health unit and three medical booths — two at Nashik Road and one at Odha — along with an ambulance at Nashik Road to treat people. The railways will now increase the number of medical booths to five. Altogether two ambulances will be stationed at Nashik Road to ensure timely medical help.

“However, the most important factor will be Lifeline express at Nashik Road railway station for providing all the necessary healthcare facilities during the period. With mini operation theatres at its disposal, the Railways will able to deal with emergencies more efficiently,” a senior railway official said on the condition of anonymity.

Besides, the Indian Railways has decided to start 29 trains — 15 of them being long distance — for taking the passengers from Nashik to the far off places. Besides 38 regular trains, there will additional 10 trains for the people moving outside the city during shahi pravani days. “There will ample number of trains for the pilgrims,” the official said.

The catering services for the passengers will also be upgraded during the shahi parvani days.

For providing additional facilities to the passengers, the railways has decided to set up 22 additional booking counters. Nearly seven booking counters are already functional. Three holding areas at goods shed and two at Nashik Road railway station will have 16 booking counters, while Sinnar and Trimbakeshwar will have four and two booking counters respectively.


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Posted by on July 22, 2015 in Uncategorized



One million lives, One lakh surgeries, One Magic Train

The Lifeline Express – the world’s first hospital on a train – having medically served one million disabled persons in rural India, has completed 100,000 surgeries since its inception. The services of the Lifeline Express include surgeries for the restoration of sight, movement, hearing, correction of facial deformities with prevention and treatment of epilepsy and dental problems – all free of cost, made possible by the ‘donated’ services of about 200,000 medical professionals from India and abroad.
The Lifeline Express is a recipient of numerous accolades including the United Nations’ Grand Award for Excellence in Public Service, and has been honoured by the Government of India with the release of a National Postage stamp. This project has been replicated by four Lifeline Express trains in China, two in South Africa and Riverboat hospitals in Bangladesh and Cambodia.
            On this occasion, Impact India Foundation  thanks the Indian Railways, its well-wishers and friends for their generous support in terms of  sponsorships and  donations of professional skills which have helped reach this present level of service to those in need.
Impact India Foundation was launched by the Government of India on 2nd October 1983, against a Government Order in response to a United Nations’ General Assembly Resolution. Its aim is to act as a catalyst to bring together the corporate sector, NGOs, professionals and the community to work in support of the Government’s National health priorities, using existing infrastructure and available delivery systems. Since then Impact is active in 20 countries.
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Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Lifeline Express – World’s First Hospital on Wheels for Public Viewing at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus


Lifeline Express, the world’s first hospital o­n a train, will be inaugurated at 3.00 pm o­n 9.4.2014 by Shri Sunil Kumar Sood, General Manager, Central Railway at Platform No.10, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai (main line). . It will remain open till 5 pm o­n 9.4.2014 and o­n 10th, 11th & 12thApril 2014 from 10 am to 5 pm for public viewing.

This train is run by Impact India Foundation (IIF), an International Initiative against Avoidable Disablement in coordination with Indian Railways.

IIF is soon to launch a Cancer Detection and Control programme through its Lifeline Express. This exemplary project has since 1991 provided medical services to nearly 900,000 disabled poor in remote rural locations across India. The services include surgeries for the restoration of sight, movement, hearing, correction of facial deformities and, prevention and treatment of epilepsy and dental problems – all free of cost, made possible by the ‘donated’ services of about 150,000 medical professionals from India and abroad.

The Lifeline Express is a recipient of numerous accolades including the United Nations’ Grand Award for Excellence in Public Service, and has been honoured by the Government of India with the release of a National Postage stamp.

This project has been replicated by four Lifeline Express trains in China, two in South Africa and Riverboat hospitals in Bangladesh and Cambodia. BBC’s film “The Magic Train of India”, shown worldwide, has attracted extensive media attention.

Impact India’s major preventive project is the Community Health Initiative (CHI) – a sustainable, replicable model in partnership with the Government covering two million Tribals in rural Maharashtra – has achieved 72% reduction in disability in the area.

Its focus, in line with the Government’s National Rural Health Mission and the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals – 2015, is o­n preventive health care generating community health for long-term impact o­n disability reduction.

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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Uncategorized


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21 years of curing disabled on rail

Celebrating 21 years of service to the masses of rural India, Impact India Foundation’s Lifeline Express, the world’s first hospital on a train, has introduced a new programme, Prevention of Disability.

For over two decades, the train, in partnership with the Indian Railways, has reached remote villages in the country to restore sight, movement, hearing and correction of cleft lips with dental and neurological treatment and more, completely free of cost.

Brightly coloured on the outside with rainbows and flowers, the hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art medical facilities and equipment to cater to the needs of the rural patients.

Zelma Lazarus, CEO, Impact India Foundation, said, “After serving 7 lakh people in the villages of India, we are hoping that one day this train will be defunct and our services will no longer be required as health services will be readily available to all the people in the villages.”

Commenting on the diversification in health services provided by the Lifeline Express, which is also known as the Magic Train of India, Lazarus stated that the focus had now shifted on prevention and sustainability. Prevention of disability through school health education to build knowledge, skills and positive attitudes on health amongst the rural schoolchildren is the latest goal.

This means using everything that is a part of the existing health infrastructure in rural Maharashtra for preventing disabilities, said Lazarus. “This will be used as a model for the entire country.”
In this sector, Impact India Foundation has managed to reduce the rate of disability in Maharashtra by 72% by spreading awareness about the issue.

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Posted by on July 14, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Lifeline Express gets `stamp’ of honour

Mumbai (PTI): The Lifeline Express, hospital-on -wheels which has cured many a disability as it chugged to various locations in India, will now travel across the world on the corner of envelopes with the launch of a national postage stamp in its honour.

The train, run by the NGO Impact India, had humble beginnings with initially having just three discarded wooden coaches but has evolved into a state-of-the-art facility with two air-conditioned operation theatres.

The national stamp, which depicts the train steaming off into a rainbow, was released by Maharashtra Governor S C Jamir along with A H Tobaccowala, the head of Impact India.

The train has seen over 80,000 surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and volunteers work on it over the last 18 years to treat more than five lakh patients.

“The train has been to almost all corners of the country without any incident. We have been to varied places, including Naxal-hit areas but we have always been welcomed,” Randhir Vishwen, Chief Executive of the train, said.

The NGO draws on doctors from across the country to perform about ten “projects”, in which a camp is conducted at a location, he said.

The surgeons, mostly volunteers from medical colleges, help treat patients suffering from disabilities due to polio, eye problems and cleft lips for free.

“We travel with about 12 doctors, including anaesthetists, and usually attract people from villages, some as far away as 300 km from the place where the train is parked,” Vishwen said.

The train, which has also been the subject of a BBC film by filmmaker Gerry Troyna, is presently in Jabalpur where a medical camp is being carried out.

Speaking at the release of the stamp last evening, Impact India’s Tobaccowala was all praise for the volunteers who had worked on the train though they were provided modest accommodations at the locations where the camps were conducted.

“I can never adequately express my pride and appreciation that so many of our country’s professionals were willing to do so much for so many of our countrymen without any fee,” he said.

The NGO has now set its sights on improving the conditions of tribals living in neighbouring Thane district by introducing preventive and corrective measures to reduce health problems in the area, he said.

“While the Government of India has introduced many outstanding schemes, their implementation at ground level is disgracefully slow and a significant part of the allocated funds remain unutilised,” Tobaccowala said.

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Posted by on May 14, 2009 in Uncategorized


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