India’s Universal Immunization Programme is the largest in the world. Every year around nine million routine immunization.
In India, Routine Immunization (RI) programme caters to a birth cohort of 27 million infants and 30 million pregnant women saving the lives of 400,000 children annually. The full Immunization coverage in India has increased from 35.5 per cent in 1992-93 to 61 per cent in 2009. About 31 per cent are partially immunized and 8 per cent are not immunized at all. Out of 27 million children born in India every year, 7.2 million children still miss out on basic vaccines that could mean the difference between life and death.
The poorest and the most marginalized children are excluded, despite being those who need immunization the most. Each and every one of us has a responsibility to shield children from illness with vaccination – especially the most vulnerable.We cannot rest until the lives of all children everywhere are protected through immunization. Each and every one of us has a responsibility to shield our children from illness with vaccination – especially the most vulnerable.
Photo Essay- Alternate Vaccination Delivery System Reaches The Unreached
Drivers and ASHAs like Purnachandra and Sushanti are the back bone of the innovative Alternative Vaccine Delivery System (AVDS), that has reduced vaccine shortage, improved vaccine quality and ensured regularization of immunization of children and pregnant mothers in hard to reach areas in Orissa. Implemented in 280 blocks of the state, AVDS is an improved programme intervention in vaccine distribution that has borne rich results for the State.
Photo Essay- Fighting Together to Defeat A Common Enemy
It took three years, a brave mother, a determined Community Mobilization Coordinator, a conscious imam, a pro-active gram pradhan and a concerned doctor to get Naeema’s third child, Zaid vaccinated. Religious leaders, Health Workers and Community Leaders are collectively fighting resistance to vaccination to help children get better star to their lives in Pakbara village of Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.
Videos - Saving India's Children - The Call to Action on Routine Immunization
Routine Immunization is one of the most cost effective public health interventions preventing 2 million child deaths worldwide - about 400,000 in India alone
Thank your Hero Stories
Thank your hero – Giving Children Best Start to their Lives
Jayanti is one among the many ASHAs who work tirelessly to make sure every child in India is immunized against life threatening diseases. Importantly, Jayanti, like other ASHAs in the country do this job as part of their community service.
Thank Your Hero - Immunizing the last Child
Over the last year, Shama’s efforts have contributed to convince 150 families to vaccinate their children after years of resistance to vaccines. She is positive that by the end of year, the remaining 65 families in her village will say yes to immunization.
National Urdu Editors’ Conference on Routine Immunization
New Delhi, April 22, 2014: UNICEF in partnership with Shikhar organized the Second National Urdu Editors’ Conference on Routine Immunization in the capital today.