Mission Indradhanush, the immunization campaign launched by India – has been selected as one of the top 12 best practices in the world, reported the Times of India. The first mission Indradhanush was launched in December 2014, aiming to offer full immunization cover to children up to two years of age and pregnant women, an Intensified Mission Indradhanush was launched by PM Narendra Modi in 2017. The Mission is also set to be featured in a special edition of the British Medical Journal, and will also be demonstrated in major international conferences. The special edition of the journal will be launched in the fourth Partners’ Forum conference, an international event, which will be held in New Delhi from December 12 to 13 to discuss maternal and child health. The conference will be attended by over 1200 delegates from across 85 countries, and PM Narendra Modi will be delivering the keynote address, reported TOI.
Health Minister JP Nadda said, “Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) board members offered to host the Partners’ Forum conference in India to improve the health conditions of pregnant women and children, as India is a global leader in that space,” reported TOI. The programs conducted by the Forum this year will revolve around the global aim of survive-thrive-transform. Four high-level meetings will be conducted around multi-sectoral collaboration, political leadership, the power of partnership and accountability. Each of these meetings will be followed by six other sessions with detailed discussions. The child and maternal mortality rate in India dropped by a huge margin in 1990, when the government came up with immunization drives and campaigns – which also played a significant role in bringing down the rate. The Intensified Mission Indradhanush mission aims at 90 percent immunization in cities and districts with particularly low immunization rates, by end of 2018. Initially, however, the government set the target to be fulfilled by 2020, but will the launch of IMI it has been advanced. – Financial Express