Letter to the PM: This Independence Day Let's Pledge To Free India From Childhood Disease

At the outset, let me start by acknowledging your leadership on health issues. In the past year alone, India has committed to the India Newborn Action Plan (INAP), launched the Integrated Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (IAPPD), completed the first phase of the immunisation campaign Mission Indradhanush and announced the introduction of four new life-saving vaccines as part of the Universal Immunisation Programme ... India's quest for regional and global leadership in health has certainly begun. But we need more momentum.
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Giving Our Children A Shot At Health

For India, World Immunisation Week (April 24-30) should be a time to take stock of a three-decade-long national immunisation programme and reflect on the challenges that prevent even the world's largest government-led immunisation scheme from reaching all its citizens. At present around 89 lakh children - one in every three children - don't receive all the vaccines available in the programme.