In India, this hospital train goes to meet the most disadvantaged populations in order to provide them free care.
Indeed, the country, which has more than 1.3 billion people, has a shortage of hospitals and clinics, and many people are too poor to be able to afford adequate care. Inside the seven sky-blue wagons decorated with rainbows, there are real operating theaters, and both medical teams and equipment for radiology, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, and more.
More than 1.2 million people treated
Established by the Indian NGO Impact India Foundation, the hospital train has already treated more than 1.2 million people in the Indian subcontinent, from Rajasthan to Karnakata. Forty volunteer doctors work inside the blue train, supported in their mission by a dozen salaried employees. The teams rotate, and each month, the convoy sets out towards a different city, going out to meet the rural population. The medical teams diagnose people with epilepsy, detect and treat cancers, and operate on cataracts, among other things. In short, they take care of the most vulnerable.
Hospital trains were originally created during the European wars of the late 19th and early 20th century. Today, besides India, modern hospital trains continue to be used in countries such as China and Mexico (where, reportedly, train hospitals date back at least to Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution).
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