Mission Indradhanush

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Mission Indradhanush
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Website www.missionindradhanush.in

Mission Indradhanush is a health mission of the government of India. It was launched by Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda on 25 December 2014.[1] It aims to immunize all children under the age of 2 years, as well as all pregnant women, against seven vaccine preventable diseases. The diseases being targeted are diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, measles and Hepatitis B. In addition to these, vaccines for Japanese encephalitis[2] and Haemophilus influenzae type B are also being provided in selected states. In 2016, four new additions have been made namely Rubella, Japanese Encephalitis, Injectable Polio Vaccine Bivalent and Rotavirus. In 2017, pneumonia was added to the Mission by incorporating Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine under Universal Immunization Programme[3]

201 districts will be covered in the first phase. Of these, 82 districts are in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. The 201 districts selected have nearly 50% of all unvaccinated children in the country.[4] The mission follow planning and administration like PPI (Pulse Polio Immunization). Mission Indradhanush may be regarded as one of the key schemes of the NDA government in India.

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The mission includes five new vaccines, inactivated polio vaccine, adult Japanese Encephalitis vaccine, Rotavirus vaccine, PCV and Measles Rubella vaccine as a part of mission Indradhanush.