Launch of MR vaccine as part of Universal Immunization Programme

  • 2017

    Measles-Rubella Vaccine Launch

    Launch of MR vaccine as part of Universal Immunization Programme

    ITSU on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare organized the launch of Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign in Bengaluru on 5th February, 2017. The campaign against the two diseases will cover five states/UTs (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Goa and Lakshadweep) covering nearly 3.6 crore target children. Following the campaign, Measles-Rubella vaccine will be introduced in routine immunization, replacing the currently given two doses of measles vaccine, at 9-12 months and 16-24 months of age.

    The dignitaries present at the launch were Shri Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Shri Ananth Kumar, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Sharan prakash Rudrappa Patil, Minister of Medical Education, Karnataka, Shri K R Ramesh Kumar, State Health Minister, Karnataka and Shri Ramesh Arvind, celebrity actor, Karnataka. The dignitaries also launched the communication material on the occasion to raise the awareness about the initiative.

    At the event, Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste mentioned, “we have taken this as an achievable target. This shall be taken up in a mission mode and rolled out in partnership with States, NGOs and development partners such as WHO, UNICEF, Gates Foundation, Lions Club, IPA, IMA, etc.” MR campaign targets around 41 crore children across the country, the largest ever in any campaign.

    Measles is a deadly disease and one of the important causes of death in children. IT is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing of an infected person. Rubella is generally a mild infection, but has serious consequences if infection occurs I pregnant women, causing congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), which is a cause of public health concern.

    Healthy and Happy Children

    Lamp Lighting by the Dignitaries

    School Children Holding Placards at the MR Launch

    Rotavirus Vaccine Expansion Launch

    First drop of Rotavirus Vacicne being given bby Hon'bl Health Minister in Tripura

    Lamp Lighting by the Dignitaries

    Launch of Communication Materials by the Esteemed Guests

    Ms Vandana Gurnani giving the Rotavirus Vaccine Drop to a Beneficiary

    Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda at the RVV Expansion
  • 2016

    ITSU on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare organized the launch ceremony of Rotavirus Vaccine in the Universal Immunization Programme in Bhubaneswar on 26th March, 2016. The event was cited to be a “historic moment and exemplary step in India’s immunization programme” by the Union Health Minister, Mr. J. P. Nadda. He said that the launch of Rotavirus Vaccine in the UIP is an essential investment in the children, the future of the country.

    Hon'ble Union Minister, Health and Family Welfare addressing the gathering at the Rotavirus vaccine introduction in UIP launch event


    The event was also graced by Mr. Dharmendra Prasad-Minister of State, Petroleum and Natural Gas and Mr. Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak- Minister of State, Health and Family Welfare, Odisha. During the event the Union Health Minister administered the first drops of Rotavirus Vaccine and now in the first phase, the vaccine will be available in four states of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The dignitaries present during the event also unveiled the communication materials (posters, standees, and leaflets) developed by the Strategic Communications team of ITSU.




    Rotavirus is the leading cause of moderate to severe diarrhoea in India, accounting for approximately 40% of all diarrhoea cases requiring treatment. Based on the recommendation by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) and approval of Mission Steering Group (MSG), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the Government of India (GoI) decided to introduce Rotavirus Vaccine in the Universal Immunization Programme in a phased manner.

  • 2015

    Improving routine immunization coverage in Rajasthan: State Brainstorming workshop in Jaipur on 21st and 22nd August 2015

    The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India has undertaken several new initiatives to improve routine immunization coverage in the country.

    One of the important initiatives ensures the support to four high priority states, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, for developing the state specific immunization coverage improvement plans (iCIP). Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU), the technical arm of the MoHFW, has been leading these efforts on behalf of the MoHFW.

    In Rajasthan, ITSU supported the department of Health and Family Welfare in organizing the state level brainstorming workshop for developing the immunization coverage improvement plan. This workshop was held on the 21st and 22nd August, 2015 in Rajasthan.

    As a precursor to this workshop, a detailed concept note was prepared in consultation with the state officials working in routine immunization. The concept note comprised of the situation analysis for the routine immunization program in Rajasthan. As part of the situation analysis, available data on routine immunization was systematically reviewed to identify the enablers and barriers for improving immunization coverage in the state.

    During the workshop, the situational analysis for routine immunization program in Rajasthan was presented to highlight achievements, challenges and opportunities for improvement for each identified focus area with the objective of improving routine immunization in the state. The representatives of routine immunization partner organizations from WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, NIPI, Rotary actively participated along with the officials from SIHFW, state and district officials for developing the concrete action plan for improving routine immunization program in Rajasthan. The workshop was chaired by Shri Naveen Jain, Mission Director (NHM), Government of Rajasthan. This highlighted the complete ownership of the state towards this initiative.

    Under the leadership of Dr. Pradeep Haldar , Deputy Commissioner (Immunization), MoHFW, at the end of the two days’ workshop, an action plan along with detailed roles and responsibilities for all stake-holders, with the defined timelines was collaboratively developed by all the participants. This ensured accountability, commitment and synchronization of the work-tasks across all the routine immunization partner organizations working with the state along with the state officials towards strengthening the routine immunization program in Rajasthan.

    ITSU will continue to work with the state and all other key stakeholders for ensuring effective implementation of the Immunization coverage improvement plan in Rajasthan.

    National AEFI Committee meetings

    The AEFI secretariat organized two National AEFI Committee meetings which were held on 20th May (Chennai) and 4th August (Patna). Members of National AEFI committee also observed meetings of the state AEFI committees of Tamil Nadu (19th May 2015) and Bihar (03rd August 2015).

    Regional level trainingon Causality Assessment and revised AEFI guidelines

    AEFI team facilitated the first Regional Workshop on Causality Assessment and revised AEFI guidelines for states of the south (Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Puducherry, Lakshadweep) in Bangalore from 02-04 July 2015.

    State Level Training for DIOs and other district AEFI committee members on revised AEFI guidelines were facilitated by AEFI Secretariat in Haryana (7th August), Karnataka (7th-8th August), Madhya Pradesh (16th-18th June), Uttar Pradesh (19th - 21st August), Telangana (2nd September) and  Andhra Pradesh (4th  September).

    Causality Assessment Meetings were held on 24th - 25th June, 22nd July and 25th - 26th August 2015 at Lady Harding Medical College, New Delhi.

    Other Activities:

    • Nation AEFI Panel review for serious AEFI cases was organized in Chennai, on May 19th, 2015
    • Discussion for finalization of the Annual AEFI Surveillance Program Report of 2014. (6th August, 2015)
    • Meeting for discussing the use of adrenaline by ANMs (6th August, 2015)
    • Planning meet for operationalizing Quality Management System for AEFI surveillance on 24th May, 2015.

    National training workshop on Revised AEFI Guidelines (6-9 April, 2015) held at New Delhi

    Regional Causality Assessment training (2-4 July, 2015) held at Bangalore


    06 - 09 April

    Two National Training Workshops on Revised AEFI Guidelines (Surveillance and Causality Assessment) at New Delhi

    10 - 13 February

    Training on AEFI Surveillance for District Immunization Officers of Assam at Guwahati

    Visit of the Indian National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) delegation to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting held on Feb 25-26, 2015 at CDC, Atlanta, USA

    National assessment of solar cold chain equipment under India's Universal Immunization Programme – March 2015 at national level

    Assessment of Temperature Monitoring System (TMS) pilot for the vaccine cold chain management - March 2015 at national level

    National Launch of Mission Indradhanush by Hon. Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda – 23rd March, 2015

    Other activities:

    • The communication team participated and facilitated the session “Leveraging Immunization Technical Support Unit to improve routine immunization in India” during the World Health Congress at Kolkata
    • Participated in the “Immunization coverage improvement plan (ICIP) workshop” for the state of Madhya Pradesh. The team highlighted the identified communication gaps during the session on communication and shared recommendations with the state officials for immunization coverage improvement
    • Facilitated the session on “Challenges in RI and role of media” during media interaction workshop and Pentavalent launch program at Punjab
    • Facilitated the session on “Role of CSOs and challenges faced” organized by Alliance for Immunization in India (AII) at New Delhi
    • Participated in two day “Consultative Workshop on Development of National Cold Chain & Vaccine Logistic Action Plan (NCCVLAP)” organized by MOHFW, NCCVMRC/NIHFW, NCCTC and UNICEF

    Data Quality Assessment in Balrampur and Jhansi Districts – February 2015

    State Workshop to Improve the Immunization Coverage in Madhya Pradesh – Mandla – February 2-15

  • 2014

    16 December

    Facilitation of Mizoram State AEFI Committee meeting and orientation on causality assessment methodology at Aizawl

    02 December

    Facilitation of Madhya Pradesh State AEFI Committee and orientation on Causality Assessment methodology in Bhopal

    14 October

    Central team support for reported AEFI cluster case investigation in Uttar Pradesh

    09 September

    First meeting – National Quality Assurance Committee for AEFI Surveillance Programme, at National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC) New Delhi

    21 - 22 July

    Brainstorming workshop of editorial board for review and finalization of Revised AEFI Guidelines, NCR region

    23 May

    Orientation on operational aspects of AEFI Surveillance orientation for District Immunization Officers (DIOs) of Himachal Pradesh at Shimla

    13 - 15 March

    2nd Training workshop on AEFI Surveillance and Communication for North East states – Guwahati, Assam

    27 February - 01 March

    1st Training workshop on AEFI surveillance and Communication Workshop for North East states – Guwahati, Assam

    National Technical Advisory Group (NTAGI) meeting held on June 12th, 2014 at NirmanBhawan, New Delhi.

    Launch of eVIN in Bareilly and Shahjahanpur – March 2014, Bareilly and Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh

    Production of “Advocacy film on Vaccine Logistics/eVIN pilot project” at Bareilly and Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh - Oct 2014

    Regional level workshop on Communication Planning & AEFI Surveillance for strengthening routine immunization:

    North east states- Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Sikkim ( 43 districts)

    27 Feb-1st Mar 2014 and 13th Mar-15th Mar 2014

    Pilot testing of communication dashboards has been conducted in two states i.e. Panchkula, Haryana (Sept 2014) and Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (July 2014), with state immunization officials and partner organizations

    Workshop on “Strengthening communication skills and planning on routine immunization” for the states:

    • Uttar Pradesh

      28th -29th Jan 2014, 3rd-4th Feb 2014, 13th -14th Feb 2014

    • Bihar

      6th-7th Jan 2014

    Other activities:

    • Designed a communication campaign on immunization for twitter handle of MoHFW, Government of India
    • Facilitated the session on ‘Role of ITSU’ at the ‘Media workshop on RI’ at Patna, Kolkata and Ahmedaba
    • Participated as resource persons for the session on “Communication for Social Mobilization” In UP and Bihar as part of GAVI/CSO Alliance for Immunization in India
    • Participated in the “State Validation Workshop for RI and RMNCH+A Communication Strategy” for Bihar
  • 2012 - 2013

    16 - 17 December

    Training workshop on AEFI Reporting and Causality Assessment for State AEFI Committee members of Jammu and Kashmir at Srinagar

    12 - 13 December

    State Training Workshop on AEFI Surveillance and Causality Assessment for State AEFI Committee members of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Orissa

    22 - 24 July

    National Training workshop on vaccine pharmacovigilance for stakeholders in India, New Delhi

    16 - 19 July

    Training workshop on AEFI Monitoring and Causality Assessment for State AEFI Committee members of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry at Bangalore

    09 - 12 July

    State level training workshop on AEFI Monitoring and Causality Assessment for State AEFI Committee members of Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir at Goa

    3 - 6 June

    National Training workshop on AEFI Monitoring and Causality Assessment at New Delhi

    Deep Dive assessment of Vaccine logistics and Cold Chain – November 2012 in UP, MP and Bihar

    Business plan for improved vaccines – July 2013, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar

    Launch of “Communication Guidelines for Building Vaccine Confidence around AEFI” by Dr. Anuradha Gupta, ASMD NRHM - Dec 2013

    Workshop on “Strengthening communication skills and planning on routine immunization” for the states of:

    • Odisha

      10th -11th Dec 2013

    • Delhi

      5th-6th Sep 2013

    Branding of Universal Immunization Programme – Sept – Dec 2013

    • Branding RI with a “Right based approach”, repositioning it as an “every child’s right” (new logo with tagline, color coding and communication material (TV, radio spots, posters) developed (contributed in script development and production)
    • Pre-test done in five states - U.P, Bihar, Delhi, Odisha and Jharkhand (450 respondents)

    National Meeting on Intensification of Routine Immunization – Surya Hotel – July 2012

    National Meeting on Intensification of Routine Immunization– Radisson Blue -November 2012

    Mother and Child Tracking System Assessment and Three States – December 2012

    National Training cum review of State EPI officers on Routine Immunization – Surya Hotel - September 2013

    Data Quality Assessment and Report Dissemination in Yamuna Nagar District – March 2013