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Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0 to be launched across India

The Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0 aims to achieve full immunisation coverage in 272 districts spread across 27 states of India.

Dec 2, 2019 12:29 IST
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The Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0 will be launched across India on December 2, 2019. The mission aims to immunize children under 2 years of age and pregnant women against eight vaccine-preventable diseases.

The immunisation drive covers vaccines for tuberculosis, meningitis, measles, Hepatitis B, tetanus, whooping cough, poliomyelitis and diphtheria. The vaccines for two other diseases- Hemophilus influenza and Japanese encephalitis are also being provided under the scheme in certain select areas.

The Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0 will be carried out between December 2019 and March 2020. The mission aims to achieve full immunisation coverage in 272 districts spread across 27 states of India.

Intensified Mission Indradhanush

PM Narendra Modi had launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) on October 8, 2017 to further intensify India’s immunisation programme.

Under the mission, the Union Government aimed to reach all children aged below two years and pregnant women, who were left uncovered under the government’s routine immunisation programme.

The key objective behind the launch of the intensified immunisation drive was to ensure that no child suffers from any vaccine-preventable disease.

Under Intensified Mission Indradhanush, a 7-day immunisation drive was conducted every month starting from October 2017 till January 2018 in 173 districts and 17 cities.

The programme aimed to cover the low performing areas in the selected districts (high priority districts) and urban areas with special focus on the unserved and low coverage pockets in urban slums with a migratory population.

The programme focused on improving immunisation coverage in select districts and cities to ensure 90 percent coverage of full immunisation by December 2018.

The programme was supported by 12 ministries and departments and monitored by the Cabinet Secretary at the national level.

Background

The Intensified Mission Indradhanush was launched to intensify the work undertaken under Mission Indradhanush, which was launched by the then Union Health Minister JP Nadda on December 25, 2014.

The Mission Indradhanush sought to achieve 90 percent immunisation coverage in India by 2020. The Intensified Mission Indradhanush revised the target and set the goal of achieving at least 90% coverage of full immunisation by December 2018, instead of 2020.

Built on the foundation of Mission Indradhanush, the Intensified Mission Indradhanush aims to use additional strategies to reach the high-risk population, especially in the low performing areas.

The mission puts enhanced focus on dropouts, left-outs and resistant families and hard to reach areas with a focus on urban, underserved population and tribal areas.

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