The Lifeline Express has been providing free treatment to the needy in deepest India for nearly three decades. It has helped more than one million people, treating ailments ranging from cataracts to cancer. All pics/AFP
Lifeline Express criss-crosses India, providing state-of-the-art medical care to those who would otherwise have to travel hundreds of miles to the nearest major hospital
The train was started way back on July 16, 1991. It then had three coaches donated by the IR, and equipment from Impact India, which is a non-profit organisation based in seven countries around the world, with its Indian headquarters in Mumbai
The train was started to provide on-the-spot diagnostic, medical and advanced surgical treatment for preventive and curative interventions for disabled children and adults
The train has two surgical operation theatres which are equipped with three plus two operating tables, a sterilization area, two recovery rooms for patients. It also has on-board power generators, a pantry car, storage for medical supplies, and accommodation for medical staff
The train spends almost one month in a district before moving on to a new destination, filling a critical gap in India's public healthcare system
Patients and their relatives wait prior to their treatment on the Lifeline Express at a railway station in Jalore in Rajasthan
The Lifeline Express has been providing free treatment to the needy in deepest India for nearly three decades. Here are some photos of the train.