Cancer is emerging as a major public health problem in India. The major challenge in our country lies in the lack of diagnostic infrastructure, crucial investigation centers and timely service to the needy. Most patients in rural areas even when diagnosed with Cancer are unable to obtain better treatment, as there is a dearth in the knowledge of the causes and risk factors related to Cancer. The prevalence of Cancer is found to be higher in populations having a lower socio-economic status.
It is in this context that CF extended support to Impact India Foundation, Mumbai, to strengthen Cancer prevention initiatives through its Lifeline Express Hospital Train which caters to underprivileged rural populations across the country.
CF supported with equipment for the Detection and Control of Oral, Breast and Cervical Cancer. On 8th December 2016, Honorable Minister for Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu and Honorable Minister for Health & Family Welfare inaugurated two additional coaches equipped with cancer and family health services to augment the Lifeline Express hospital train, run by Impact India Foundation.
The 2 additional coaches being dedicated to Cancer screening and diagnosis and Family Planning and Birth control measures. The 7-coach LLE will increase medical services outreach of the LLE from its current average of about 6,000 poor persons at each project location, to cover about 11,000 rural poor at each location. About 10 Lifeline Express projects are held at remote railway stations every year and each halts for a period of a month.