- Mission Indradhanush was launched by Union Health Minister J.P Nadda on December 25, 2014.
- It aims to immunize all children against seven vaccine preventable diseases namely diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B by 2020.
- The Health Ministery has identified 201 high focus districts in the country in the first phase which have nearly 50% of all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children.
- These districts will be targeted by intensive efforts to improve the routine immunization coverage.
- Out of the 201 districts, 82 districts are in just four states of UP, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and nearly 25% of the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children of India are in these 82 districts of 4 states.
- 297 will be targeted for the second phase in the year 2015.
- The Ministry will be technically supported by WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International and other donor partners. Mass media, interpersonal communication, and sturdy mechanisms of monitoring and evaluating the scheme are crucial components of Mission Indradhanush