30 lakh Indian kids did not receive first DTP (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis) dose - UN Report

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30 lakh Indian kids did not receive first DTP (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis) dose - UN Report

  • WHO and UNICEF recently highlighted that the number of Children in India who were unvaccinated or missed their first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) combined vaccine doubled due to the pandemic, rising from 1.4 million in 2019 to 2.7 million in 2021.


  • This data signifies that the world recorded the largest sustained decline in childhood vaccinations in approximately 30 years.
  • There was an increase in zero dose.
  • This is the first time ever there has been a decline in evaluated coverage in immunisation for India as a whole.

Vaccination measures in India

  • Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 4.0: India started IMI 4.0 from February 2022
  • Aim: To fill gaps in the routine immunisation coverage of infants and pregnant women hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and also aims to make lasting gains towards Universal Immunisation.
  • India’s Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP): It provide free vaccines to all children across the country
  • Aimed to protect against Tuberculosis, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis B, Pneumonia and Meningitis due to Haemophilus Influenzae type b (Hib), Measles, Rubella, Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Rotavirus diarrhoea.

Prelims Take Away

  • Mission indradhanush
  • Intensified Mission indradhanush
  • IMI 4.0
  • WHO