Liza Bazhanova (8) waits for the pathology results in the laboratory aboard the Matvei Mudrov train. Even at her age, she complains about the lack of decent healthcare in her home village of Olekma.
The Matvei Mudrov train is a medical train operated by Russian Railways along the course of the Baikal Amur Magistral (Baikal-Amur Mainline, or BAM) railway line. Named after a famous 19th century Russian physician, the train employs around 15 doctors who make about 10 trips a year, each lasting two weeks. Along the way they deliver essential medical services to people living in remote villages along the 4,324 km long BAM railway. Though not equipped to carry out surgical procedures the train has heart monitors, ultrasound and x-ray machines to deliver diagnosis.