Tata Steel, in collaboration with the government of Jharkhand, Indian Railways, and Impact India Foundation, will be hosting Lifeline Express at Sini Railway Station in Seraikela-Kharswan district in the state of Jharkhand, from December 14, 2005 to January 12, 2006.
Tata Steel, with its commitment towards improving the quality of life of the communities it serves, has been a prime collaborator with the Impact India Foundation for the Lifeline Express. The first such collaboration was in 1991, and since then, the company has organised the Lifeline Express nine times. Hosted at Seraikela-Kharswan district this year, the Lifeline Express will be the tenth such hospital by the company, and the sixth in the state of Jharkhand.
The Lifeline Express, the world's first hospital on a train, for outreach into inaccessible rural areas where medical services are scarcely available, offers on-the-spot diagnostic, medical and advanced surgical treatment, for preventive and curative interventions for the handicapped, using the Indian Railway Network. The Lifeline Express was started on July 16, 1991, with the noble belief that people in rural remote villages should not, through neglect or ignorance, become disabled, crippled, or suffer from poor quality of health and thus be deprived of health, productivity and joy. It also aimed to enable disabled persons, especially in rural India, to have access to medical services wherever they may be.
Over 400,000 Indians have so far benefited from the remarkable train as major surgeries have been performed to restore movement, hearing, sight and correction of clefts. In fact, taking note of the benefits, several other countries have come forward to start their own Lifeline Express.
The services offered in the Lifeline Express are:
The Lifeline Express is
committed to combat the appalling loss of productive
life and economic potential of the disabled.