Key objectives of the mission
- The ultimate goal is to ensure full immunization with all available vaccines for children up to two years and pregnant women.
- To ensure full immunization to more than 90%.
- All vaccines are available free of cost under ‘universal immunization programme’
- 7 vaccine preventable diseases which include diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis b.
- “Catch-up” campaign mode aims to cover all the children who have been left out or missed out for immunization.
- First phase of the mission has identified and targeted 201 high focus districts in the country that have the highest number of partially immunized and unimmunized children.
- Technical support to be given by WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International etc.
- In addition to this, vaccines for Japanese Encephalitis, Haemophilu influenzae type B, inactivated polio vaccine, Rotavirus vaccine and Measles Rubella vaccine are also being provided in selected states.
Intensified Mission Indradhanush
- Launched in October 2017, to cover low performing areas in the selected districts and urban areas.
- Special attention will be given to unserved/low coverage pockets in sub-centre and urban slums with migratory populations.
- It is one of 12 best practices from around the world to be featured in a special issue of the British Medical Journal.
- The focus is also on the urban settlements and cities identified under National Urban Health Mission (NUHM).
Target groups: Children who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated and pregnant women who have been left uncovered under the routine immunisation programme.