Key objectives of the mission

Salient features

  • 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.