Intensified Mission Indradhanush (UIP, MI and IMI), ImTeCHO & PMSMA (Important) (Download PDF)


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Intensified Mission Indradhanush aims to reach each and every child under two years of age and all those pregnant women who have been left uncovered under the routine immunisation programme – reducing maternal and child mortality.

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Intensified Mission Indradhanush Image

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  • Goal is to “Let no child suffer from any vaccine-preventable disease”

  • Cover all who have been left uncovered under the routine immunisation programme.

  • Special drive will focus on improving immunization coverage in select districts and cities to ensure full immunization to more than 90 % by December 2018.

  • Government had earlier targeted full immunisation under Mission Indradhanush to at least 90 % coverage by 2020 earlier.

  • With the launch of IMI, achievement of the target has now been advanced.

  • Aims to make immunization a people’s and a social movement.

Universal Immunization Program

  • Government of India launched the Universal Immunization Program (UIP) in 1985 for full immunization against preventable childhood diseases

  • One of the largest health programs of its kind in the world.

  • Despite being operational for over 30 years, UIP has been able to fully immunize only 65 % children in the first year of their life

  • The increase in coverage has stagnated in the past 5 years to an average of 1 % every year.

Mission Indradhanush

  • To strengthen and invigorate the Universal Immunization Program program and achieve full immunization coverage for all children at a rapid pace, the Government of India launched Mission Indradhanush in December 2014.

  • Mission Indradhanush will ensure that all children under the age of two years and pregnant women are fully immunized with all available vaccines.

  • Intensified Mission Indradhanush aims to pull in the deadline for 90 % coverage from 2020 to 2019

Current State of Mission Indradhanush

  • Four phases of Mission Indradhanush reached more than 2.53 crore children and 68 lakh pregnant women with life-saving vaccines.

  • Accelerated progress towards our target of 90 % full immunization coverage.

  • Increased full immunization coverage from 1 % per year to 6.7 % per year through the first two phases of ‘Mission Indradhanush’.

Intensified Mission Indradhanush

  • Sharpens focus on high priority districts and urban areas with four consecutive immunization rounds conducted for 7 days in 173 districts- 121 districts and 17 cities in 16 states and 52 districts in 8 northeastern states - every month between October 2017 and January 2018.

  • Covers low performing areas in the selected districts and urban areas selected through triangulation of data available under national surveys, Health Management Information System data, and World Health Organization concurrent monitoring data.

  • Special attention given to unserved and low coverage pockets in sub-centre and urban slums with migratory population.

  • Focus also on the urban settlements and cities identified under National Urban Health Mission (NUHM).

  • IMI is supported by:

  • Ministry of Women and Child Development

  • Panchayati Raj

  • Ministry of Urban Development

  • Ministry of Youth Affairs

  • NGO’s and organizations like ASHA, ANMs, Anganwadi workers, Zila preraks under National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM)

Monitoring of IMI

IMI Promotes inter-ministerial and inter-departmental coordination, action-based review mechanism, and intensified monitoring and accountability framework for effective implementation of targeted rapid interventions to improve the routine immunization coverage. IMI is monitored:

  • At the district, state and central level at regular intervals.

  • Cabinet Secretary at the National level

  • At the highest level under a special initiative ‘Proactive Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) ‘.

Implementation of IMI

  • Intensified Mission is driven based on the information received from gap assessment, supervision through government, concurrent monitoring by partners, and end-line surveys.

  • Special strategies devised for rigorous monitoring of the programme

  • States and districts developed coverage improvement plans based on gap self-assessment to reach 90 % coverage by December 2018.

Competitive Federalism in IMI

  • Appreciation and awards mechanism recognizes districts reaching more than 90 % coverage using best practices and media management during crisis.

  • Contribution of the partners, Civil Society Organization (CSOs) and others is appreciated by Certificate of Appreciation

Importance of Full Immunization

  • Children are dying due to entirely preventable diseases- due to lack of immunization.

  • Every year in India, 5 lakh children die due to vaccine-preventable diseases.

  • 89 lakh children remain at risk, because they are either unimmunized or partially immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases.

  • Immunizing children can help in preventing large-scale outbreaks of diseases as well as keeping the disease under control in an area, thus reducing the stress on an already burdened health system.

  • Weak and diseased children fail to reach their full potential failing to break out their family from poverty.

Pradhan Mantri Matritva Suraksha Abhiyaan (Related)

Program encourages private doctors to volunteer free ANC services to pregnant women on the 9th of every month along with government doctors.

Innovative Mobile Phone Technology for Community Health Operation (ImTeCHO)

A mobile application, which improves coverage of community, based maternal, neonatal, and infant health services reducing neonatal and infant mortality. It empowers health staff through use of innovative mobile phone application.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 22, 2017


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