On 16th July 1991, Impact India Foundation (IIF) commenced a unique project – the Lifeline Express (LLE), the world’s first state-of-the-art hospital train. The train was built to reach the needy differently abled people, who reside in the remote rural areas, where medical services are scarce.
For the last 24 years, the LLE has served approximately one million rural disabled including more than one lakh surgeries, all free-of-cost, over 163 projects across more than 100 Districts in 19 States of the country – restoring sight, hearing, movement and correction of clefts, treatment of epilepsy, neurological and dental problems.
On an average, the LLE provides medical relief including surgeries to about 6000 people per project, lasting for about 3-4 weeks, 10 projects a year. There are two fully equipped Operation Theatres on the train with a total of five Operating tables. All these have been made possible thanks to a large number of sponsors and the donated skills of surgeons and other medical personnel from India and across the world.