Also known as Jeevan Rekha Express, the train broke camp and departed on its maiden journey 28 years ago from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai. It has since transformed the lives of over a million people by successfully completing over 200 projects across the country.
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Founded by Zelma Lazarus, the chief objective of the train is to make healthcare accessible to everyone, especially those residing in the lesser developed and disaster-affected areas of India.
Mumbai-based NGO Impact India Foundation in collaboration with Indian Railways and The Ministry of Health helped materialize the noble vision of transporting medical aid free of cost to the unprivileged in rural areas.
Lack of medical care is one of the leading causes of death in rural India. This initiative has brought healthcare access to regions otherwise afflicted with medical negligence.
Following in the footsteps of India, other countries like China and Bangladesh also replicated the hospital train.
The inauguration of Lifeline Express is indeed a virtuous effort toward making healthcare a basic right for many to whom it still remains a luxury.
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