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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 31

Impact India foundation's lifeline express – The world's first hospital train

Medical Officer, Lifeline Express, India

Date of Web Publication10-Oct-2017

Correspondence Address:
Mehak Sikka
Medical Officer, Lifeline Express
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jdrr.jdrr_48_17

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Sikka M. Impact India foundation's lifeline express – The world's first hospital train. J Dent Res Rev 2017;4:31

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Sikka M. Impact India foundation's lifeline express – The world's first hospital train. J Dent Res Rev [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 Nov 27];4:31. Available from: https://www.jdrr.org/text.asp?2017/4/2/31/216423

I am Dr. Mehak Sikka, dental graduate from Dr. D. Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital, Pimpri, Pune. I am the first permanent female staff on Lifeline Express (LLE) and first Medical officer at LLE. I began this beautiful journey in January 2017 as a volunteer in Kazipet (Telangana). Being a young graduate filled with enthusiasm and wanting to make a difference to the society, volunteering on LLE got my life on “TRACK.”

Lifeline express has it all in its name. It is the lifeline for people getting treatment on the train and also the dedicated permanent staff working on it. Each person working on the train is Making A Difference in their own special way. A permanent team of 19 including the project director, project managers, OT staff, health workers, nurse, driver, and electrical engineer have a unique passion to serve in spite of facing new challenges every day.

My role on LLE is to look after the newly added cancer services on train, for which I have received special training from Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai.

About lifeline express

World's first and India's only 7 coach hospital train reaches those who cannot reach a hospital, bringing modern medical care to under-served rural areas. It was launched on 16th July 1991 in partnership with the Indian railways. In the last 26 years, it has extended its services to more than 20 states covering over 160 districts. It has completed its 183rd project in the month of August. Over 130,000 surgeries have been performed on the train for restoration of sight, movement, hearing correction of facial deformities, prevention and treatment of epilepsy, and dental treatments all free of cost and the newly added cancer services.

It has received numerous accolades including the United Nations Grand award for excellence in Public service. It has been replicated by four lifeline Express trains in China, two in South Africa, and riverboat hospitals in Bangladesh and Cambodia.

The lifeline express has been listed as a National Resource by the National Disaster Management Authority for deployment during disasters/natural calamities.

Dental facility at lifeline express

The seventh coach of LLE has a dental unit with two chairs. This unit is equipped with all modern equipment and instruments. A team of dental surgeons perform procedures such as oral prophylaxis, extractions and restorations. The dental surgeons volunteering on train not just restrict their work to coaches but participate in the school health program. These programs are conducted in schools to create awareness regarding their oral hygiene, and oral hygiene kits are distributed among the school children.

Volunteering on lifeline express

One can also lend their volunteer service in the dental and general unit on the train. Those interested can contact at the below given E-mail id.


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