- The Government of India had launched the Universal Immunization Programme in 1995 to provide immunization against preventable childhood diseases.
- Despite being operational for 30 years, UIP was able to cover only 65 % immunization, thus contributing to high burden of morbidity and mortality in children against vaccine preventable diseases.
- To address this inequity in immunization coverage and strengthen the routine immunization planning and delivery mechanism, Mission Indradhanush was launched in December 2014 as a flagship program of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
- It aims at achieving 90 % immunization coverage by the year 2020 for children in the country, protecting them against 7 vaccine preventable childhood diseases.
- This will be achieved by the government through intensive efforts and special immunization drives.
- Phase 1 of Mission Indradhanush (MI) targeted 201 high-focus districts across 28 states in the country having the highest number of partially vaccinated and unvaccinated children. Similarly Phase 2 targeted 352 districts.
- During these two phases, more than 37 lakh children were fully immunized and an equal 37 lakh women were vaccinated.
- Phase 3 of MI was launched from April 6, 2016 targeting 216 high focus districts across 27 states/UTs.
- Phase 4 of MI was launched from February 7, 2017 covering 68 districts of the 8 North-Eastern states in the first round. The second round will focus on 188 districts across 19 states from April 7, 2017.
The impact of the first three phases of Mission Indradhanush can be viewed at http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=160063.
- All children under the age of 2 years and pregnant women are eligible for acquiring immunization.
- The MI programme will focus on high risk populations with traditionally low immunization coverage such as slum-dwellers, nomadic sites and migrant families living in brick kilns and constructions sites including underserved and remote populations. Generally, areas with vacant sub-centers (with no Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANMs) and having low routine immunization coverage will be targeted.
- Mission Indradhanush provides life-saving vaccination free of cost to all children across the country protecting them against Tuberculosis, Diptheria, Whooping Cough, Tetanus, Polio, Measles and Hepatitis B.
- In addition, vaccination is also provided against Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Haemophilus Influenzae type B in select endemic districts of the country.
- The immunization provided through Mission Indradhanush is the most cost-effective health intervention which protects Indian children from death, diseases and disability.
- Aadhar Card of women
- Birth Certificate of Child
- Routine Immunization (RI) Card / Mother & Child Protection (MCP) Card issued by the Anganwadi Workers
How to Apply
- Parents can immunize their children at the nearest government hospital or outreach session site by ANM/staff nurse/doctor. The immunization services are also available at private health facilities.
- Parents of children can get in touch with the nearest Anganwadi Centres or even visit the nearest government hospital for enquiring the timing and schedule of the immunization session.
- Parents can check out the vaccination schedule to provide timely and systematic immunization for their children, available in the following link: http://www.missionindradhanush.in/parents.html.
- Parents can also learn more about the importance and benefits of Immunization here: http://www.missionindradhanush.in/faq.html
You can find the detailed information at:
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi-110011
Tel: 011-23063024, 011-23063513, 011-23061661
C.K. Mishra (Additional Secretary & Mission Director, NHM)
Telefax: 23061066, 23063809
Dr. Rakesh Kumar ( I.A.S Joint Secretary )
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Dr. Pradeep Haldar , Deputy Commissioner (IMM)
Telefax: 23062728, 23062126