• ‘Mission Indradhanush’ has been selected as one of the 12 best practices globally and has been
featured in a special issue of the British Medical Journal titled ‘Improving vaccination coverage in
India: lessons from Intensified Mission Indradhanush, a cross-sectoral systems strengthening
• Mission Indradhanush was showcased during the ‘Partner’s Forum’ held at New Delhi on 12th
13th December 2018 which was attended by around 1200 international and national delegates
working on Maternal, New-born, Child and Adolescent Health.
• Mission Indradhanush –
o NOTES To strengthen and re-energize the programme and achieve full
immunization coverage for all children and pregnant women at a rapid
pace, the Government of India launched “Mission indradhanush” in
• Mission Indradhanush’s Goal –
o The ultimate goal is to ensure full immunization with all available
vaccines for children up to two years of age and pregnant women
against seven vaccine preventable diseases.
o The diseases being targeted are diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus,
poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, measles and Hepatitis B.
o In addition to these, vaccines for Japanese Encephalitis and
Haemophilus influenzae type B are also being provided in selected
o In 2016, four new additions have been made namely Rubella, Japanese
Encephalitis, Injectable Polio Vaccine Bivalent and Rotavirus.
o In 2017, Pneumonia was added to the Mission by
incorporating Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine under Universal
o The Government has identified 201 high focus districts across 28 states
that have the highest number of partially immunized and unimmunized
• Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) –
o To further intensify the immunization programme, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi launched the Intensified Mission (IMI) on October 8,
o Government of India aims to reach each and every child up to two years
of age and all those pregnant women who have been left uncovered
under the routine immunization programme/UIP.