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Lifeline Express train’s mission to Ballari reaches over 7,000 patients

The Lifeline Express hospital train is a project in cooperation with Indian Railways and Impact India Foundation. The train reaches patients in remote parts of India where the population is concentrated in rural areas, and there is little to access to adequate medical care.

The Emirates Airline Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the Lifeline Express, reaching over 20,000 patients on missions carried out over the years in Kumta, Sagara, Wadi Railway Station, Nandurbar and Bhatkal, just to name a few. Their latest mission reached over 7,000 patients and was held at Ballari District Railway Station in Karnataka, located approximately 295km from Bangalore.

Lifeline Express advertises its services ahead of the train’s arrival, and publishes its various free-of-cost services through pamphlets, banners, loud-speaker announcements, newspaper listings and awareness sessions with medical officers and health workers. This generates awareness amongst the disabled and poor, and motivates them to attend. Most people in remote areas are not even aware that the conditions from which they are suffering can be treated.

Specialist treatment offered to patients on the Lifeline Express includes family health, eye care, ear care, cancer screenings, general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, stroke treatment, epilepsy treatment, plastic surgery for cleft lip and dentistry.

Over the course of the 17 days of the Ballari mission, more than 7,000 patients were registered and over 350 surgeries took place. Dozens of volunteer doctors, surgeons, nurses, anaesthesiologists, dentists and other medical professionals worked together to treat each patient throughout the successful programme.

Lifeline Express’ missions are sponsored in part thanks to donations made to the Emirates Airline Foundation. Learn more about the Lifeline Express and ways to donate.

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