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Each Eye-Train will stop at a given location for 3 months before it has to move on to the next stop, leaving behind thousands of cataract victims who cannot be treated. Even if a fifth or a sixth Eye-Train were added, it would not solve this problem- the trains simply do not have the time and resources needed to treat all that need it. Clearly, the mission of helping needy cataract victims cannot depend solely on the Eye-Trains.  
 
When an Eye-Train stops at a rural location, eye-doctors from the local support hospital come aboard to both assist and learn. It has become obvious that the Eye-Trains provide a much needed training ground for rural eye-doctors to receive hands-on training in the latest surgical techniques.
 
China’s Ministry of Health in 2009 undertook a major reform of China’s medical system. One of the reform plans is to reduce blindness caused by cataracts in China and a target is set to cure 1 million cataract patients in poor and rural areas within a 3 year period. 
 
To implement this target, more rural eye-doctors who are able to perform cataract surgeries are needed.
 
The Eye-Train provides the best opportunity to train eye-doctors in cataract operations because it has an abundant supply of cataract patients. The Eye-Trains have always invited eye-doctors from local support hospital to help out on the Eye-Train. The plan now is to train these rural eye-doctors so that they can carry out independent cataract operations when the Eye-Train leaves.
 
The plan is therefore to establish “Cataract Centers” at each local support hospital location which the Eye-Train has visited. Doing so will enhance local support hospitals’ ability to reduce cataract blindness and poverty. In this respect, Lifeline Express will be leaving behind a permanent Eye-Train to handle the remaining cases of cataract locally.
 
Local support hospitals which have worked with the Eye-Train can now apply for the establishment of “Lifeline Express Cataract Center.” Lifeline Express, China MOH and an Expert Advisory Group will collectively evaluate the suitability of each hospital. The qualified hospitals will receive sponsorship to set up a Lifeline Express Cataract Center.


The training provided to the rural eye-doctors in the local support hospitals are divided into four stages:
  1. Intensive class-room training in Beijing before boarding the Eye-Train (1 week)
  2. Internship on the Eye-Train (3 months)
  3. Post internship enhancement course in Beijing (1 month)
  4. Practice with the aid of experts in the Cataract Center (up to 1 year)
 
Rural eye doctors will receive assessments at the end of each stage of training. An eye doctor who has completed all four stages and passed all assessments will be able to perform cataract surgeries in his or her local hospital independently.
 
Eight Cataract Centers had been built in 2010 and they are at: Xing’anmeng, Inner Mongolia; Hechi ,Guangxi; Ziyang, Sichuan; Jiaozuo, Henan; Suining, Sichuan; Jilin, Jilin; Nanyang, Henan.
 
Nine Cataract Centers being built in 2011 and they are at: Shaoguan, Guangdong; Luoyang, Henan; Kaili, Guizhou; Liuzhou, Guangxi; Guilin, Guangxi; Kashi, Xinjiang; Mianzhu ,Sichuan; Sanmenxia, Henan; Luohe, Henan.