Govt of India declared 2012-2013 as year of "Intensified Routine Immunization" and 200 districts who were below national coverage of 71% for DPT 3rd dose as per DLHS3 were selected. This gave us an opportunity to conduct this study. 4 Immunization Weeks (IWs), one week per month in 4 successive months were supposed to start from April 2012 in Jharkhand, due to some reasons, the launch got postponed by 4 months. We took advantage of this "window period" and piloted simulation study in 5 selected Health Sub Centres of combined districts - Deoghar and Jamtara of Jharkhand, without incurring extra expenditure and in the regular outreach sessions itself in intensified mode. The lessons learnt and the micro-plan model developed in this study, with a few modifications were replicated and applied to the entire state by the Govt of Jharkhand for which we are indebted. We are thankful to the ANMs who actively participated in this study and the superiors for their support.
Next we wish to share the Immunogram Study article with the viewers.