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Big Catch-up Initiative

Big Catch-up Initiative:

A global effort called “The Big Catch-up” was announced by various health organizations

  • Implementing Partners are WHO, UNICEF, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Immunization Agenda 2030, and other health partners
  • Objective is to Boost childhood vaccination rates and reverse declines caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 20 countries including India, where three-quarters of the children who missed vaccinations in 2021 live
  • It will Strengthen healthcare workforces, improve health service delivery, build demand for vaccines, and address obstacles to restoring immunization
  • Current coverage In India, full immunization coverage among 12–23-month-old children increased from an estimated 62% in 2015–2016 to 76% in 2019–2020.
  • Immunisation Agenda 2030 (launched in 2021) has set a target of avoiding 50 million vaccine-preventable infections in this decade.
  • It intends to reduce the number of zero-dose children by 50%. And achieve 90% coverage for essential vaccines given in childhood and adolescence.