The hospital train, India, the fragrance of strong will

16th July 1991, India. The Impact India Foundation did it – first hospital on a train rolls out. The Impact India Lifeline Express (Jeevan Rekha Express) – the flagship of the foundation.


Nickname: Magic train of India
Railway network India: About 85’000 km
2015, impact: 24 years of service with much more than 900’000 poors in rural India medically served
Partnership: Indian Railways and goodwill of thousands of donors (for instance skills and services from more than 80’000 surgeons)
Services: Restoring sight, movement, hearing and correction of cleft lips with dental and neurological treatment and more, completely free of cost.
5 coaches
2 operation theatres with 5 tables
6 bed recovery room
Design: Bright colors with rainbow and flowers
Permanent train staff: 11
Stay: Up to 25 days in one place
Equipment: State-of-the-art medical facilities and equipment to cater to the needs of the rural patients – “A Surgeon’s Dream”, air-conditioned coaches
Knowledge transfer: Other countries to set up similar projects in China, Central Africa and river boat hospitals in Bangladesh and Cambodia.
Impressive recap: The Impact India Lifeline Express was part of the project “The 100 trains journey“.
More info and fotos here.
Stunning 59 minutes documentation (BBC 2009 – the children stories will touch your heart) on youtube with a statement of Zelma Lazarus, CEO of the Impact India Foundation.

“When you cannot reach the hospital, the hospital reaches out to you”.
To me this hospital train is some sort of the mother of mobile healthcare in the modern world. Looking at all these facts I am deeply impressed. I consider that hospital project as a demonstration of strong will too – for instance the constant up and downs in financing.

Fantastic. When healthcare is breaking barriers, connecting help, being available on the spot. Simply touching. Simply delivering hope. Thank you Impact India Foundation and all the people helped back in 1991 to make a difference and up to today in providing skills and money.

Maurice Codourey

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