The Impact India Lifeline Express arose from a simple yet powerful thought—if people can’t come to the hospital, then the hospital should come to them. The Impact India Foundation created the Lifeline Express to be the world’s first hospital on wheels, bringing medical facilities to remote areas and treating people whose disabilities prevent them from making the journey to a formal hospital. Since 2007, we have supported the Lifeline Express every year with financial contributions and volunteering through our Employee Social Options Program (Esops).
Each year, five railway coaches bring medical care to remote areas completely free of charge. Inside, the air-conditioned coaches contain sophisticated surgical and medical facilities. Surgeons provide diagnostic, medical, and surgical treatment to patients with cleft lips, dental deformities, deafness, polio, and cataracts.
This year, the Lifeline Express treated 1,823 patients in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh over a span of 21 days. In 2007, we won the Auto Monitor CSR Award in recognition of our partnership with Impact India to offer an innovative response to the problem of rural access to medical care.