The Lifeline Express, better known to be the Jeevan Rekha Express, is a unique idea started by Impact Indian Foundation. With its motto of ‘reaching out to everyone’, of all other India trains, this train holds key to open health and treatment opportunities to the underprivileged parts of the society. This train covers more than 63, 500 kilometres, which makes it the span over the largest network in the world. Launched in association with the Health Ministry and the Indian Railways along with co- funding by Impact UK, this concept got recognition with pragmatic reality on the 16th of July in 1991. Since the inception of this train has been a great success and has reached out its services to many villages and small towns. Two trains run through the country serving the purpose. Each of the trains is fully air conditioned, with operation theatres and tables along with patient wards and sterilizing rooms and power generators to ensure electricity throughout. The train also holds facilities for vision care containing ophthalmic rooms and X- ray rooms. Overall, the Lifeline Express stands true to its name.
Lifeline Express- The Lifeline of Rural India
The Lifeline Express has been continuing to work by offering medical and surgical help to the physically challenged children and adults in the remote areas of the country. It has also successfully incorporated awareness regarding various health ailments and the issues concerned with physical disability and knowledge about the treatments whether surgical or preventive, to the people. The services offered by this moving train of the Indian railways, including vaccinations, dietary checks and assessments, cataract surgeries, improving the mobility of deformed body parts, such as in the cases of bone deformities and promoting the importance of general hygiene in the remotest of areas.
This mobile medical train in loaded with features to carry on surgeries impulsively and the treatments include restoring the lost mobility for physically challenged patients, ailments related to hearing, vision, and correcting clefts. Not only does this train cover backward areas but it also goes in the regions, which have been struck, by natural calamities and catastrophes. The duration span depends upon the discharge of medical facilities to the locals.
The Lifeline Express now contains five new coaches along with increasing the number of operation theatres to two with the rest of the alignment remaining pretty much the same. Considering the success that this idea has gained in India, projects similar to this has come to effect in other countries like Bangladesh, China and Zimbabwe to offer medical availability to the people struggling in the far- flung areas.