The Lifeline Express – Magic Train of India

Lifeline Express

The world’s first hospital on a train.

The Lifeline Express, also known as the Magic Train of India, celebrated 25 years of service to the poor and underprivileged masses of rural India this year. The train, which is the flagship of Impact India Foundation, in partnership with the Indian Railways, has medically served more than 10,00,000 poor in rural India, restoring sight, movement, hearing and correction of cleft lips with dental and neurological treatment and more, completely free of cost.

For the past 25 years, with the vision of the founding fathers and the active partnership of the Indian Railways, as well as the help and goodwill of thousands of donors, well-wishers and medical persons from the world over, the Lifeline Express has made a true impact on the lives of the rural people of India. With the continued support of the Indian Railways, this year serves as a pledge to continue to help make a difference to the lives of its people. The Lifeline Express has the distinction of being the first ever hospital-on-rails in the world. 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 – A Surgeon’s Dream!

In spite of scarce resources, Impact is determined to carry on in the service of the disabled poor of rural India, and it appeals to the Government, the corporate sector and others to offer their helping hands in this time of need. The internationally acclaimed Lifeline Express has become a model for transfer of appropriate technology to other countries to set up similar projects in China, Central Africa and river boat hospitals in Bangladesh and Cambodia.

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Photograph copyright to Jeanne Frank.

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