Two lifesaving drops of vaccination-Do Boond Zindagi Ki’

Focus: Child healthcare and immunization

Aim: To energize all stakeholders to continue to work together to ensure 100% coverage with all lifesaving and absolutely free of cost vaccines available under the Universal Immunization Programme (UIP)

India has attained polio-free status in 2014 and it was coined by the World Health Organization as “one of the most significant achievements in public health,” and it has not just marked India but the entire southeast Asia Region was declared polio-free.

  • The success of administering polio vaccination drops to12 lakh children through 4000 ‘polio Kendra’s’ on 2nd October 1994 took place in Delhi, and it had led to a countrywide movement and Pulse Polio Program was taken nationwide in the year 1995.
  • Pulse Polio program have helped the implementation of other immunization programs like the Mission Indradhanush (MI) and the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI), Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (GSA), Extended Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (EGSA) and the program was able to reach and immunize crores of children across the country.
  • In 2014, the Universal Immunization (UIP) basket of vaccines has been expanded to cover 12 Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (VPDs) from the earlier 7.
  • Mission Indradhanush and related programs have successfully reached out to & vaccinated 3.39 crore children and 87.2 Lakh pregnant women in India.
  • 12 other ministries like MWCD, MoHRD, Youth & Sports Ministry, etc have worked together to make this program a success.

Backdrop: In 1988, the World Health Assembly (WHA) passed a resolution to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

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