Mission Indradhanush – UPSC Prelims

Ministry/Department : Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
The Mission Indradhanush, depicting seven colours of the rainbow, aims to cover all those children who are either unvaccinated, or are partially vaccinated against vaccine preventable diseases which include:
  • diphtheria,
  • pertussis,
  • tetanus,
  • polio,
  • measles,
  • severe form of childhood tuberculosis,
  • hepatitis B,
  • meningitis and pneumonia (Hemophilus influenza type B infections),
  • Japanese encephalitis (JE) in JE endemic districts
New type of vaccine introduced in program are:
  • rotavirus vaccine,
  • IPV,
  • adult JE vaccine,
  • pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)  and
  • measles-rubella (MR) vaccine
  • The Mission is being implemented in 201 high focus districts in the country in the first phase which have nearly 50% of all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children
  • The campaign is part of the Universal Immunisation Programme and is being implemented under the National Health Mission across the country
  • The Ministry will be technically supported by WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International and other donor partners.
Factual Information:
  • Started on 25 December, 2014 i.e. Good Governance Day

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