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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains

Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0

23rd  November 2019

Why in news?

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare reviewed the preparedness within States for roll out of Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0 in States from 2nd December 2019.

Mission Indradhanush:

  • It targets children less than 2 years of age and pregnant women for immunization.
  • It provides vaccination against 12 Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (VPD) i.e. diphtheria, Whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, hepatitis B, meningitis and pneumonia, Hemophilus influenza type B infections, Japanese encephalitis (JE), rotavirus vaccine, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and measles-rubella (MR).

Intensified Mission Indradhanush:

  • It aimed to achieve 90% full immunization coverage with focus towards districts and urban areas with persistently low levels.
  • IMI was built on Mission Indradhanush, using additional strategies to reach populations at high risk, by involving sectors other than health.
  • It was an effort to shift routine immunization into a Jan Andolan, or a “peoples’ movement”.

Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0:

  • Now the government is poised to launch Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0 between December 2019 – March 2020.
  • The program will be delivered in 272 districts of 27 states and 652 blocks of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar among hard-to-reach and tribal populations.
  • Several ministries, including the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Urban Development etc will come together to support the government in ensuring the benefits of vaccines reach the last mile.
  • The Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0 will target the districts which have immunisation coverage of 70% or below.

The salient features of IMI 2.0 are:

  • Immunization activity will be in four rounds over 7 working days excluding the RI days, Sundays and holidays.
  • Enhanced focus on left outs, dropouts, and resistant families and hard to reach areas.
  • Focus on urban, underserved population and tribal areas.
  • Enhance political, administrative and financial commitment, through advocacy.

Facts for Prelims

Global Bio-India:

  • Global Bio-India is one of the largest biotechnology stakeholders conglomerate being held in India for the first time.

‘Destination North East’ Festival

  • ‘Destination North East’ Festival in will be held in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Previous editions of ‘Destination North East’ were held in Delhi and Chandigarh, destination NE 2019 will provide live experience to the audience.
  • All 8 states will be present at the event along with their handicrafts, handloom, organic products and cultural troupes.


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