Immunization Division, MoHFW, UNICEF, UNDP And WHO
The Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU) is a designated extended arm of the Government of India’s (GoI) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). Managed by the JSIPL, ITSU provides techno-managerial support to MoHFW in close collaboration and coordination with immunization partners to assist India in accelerating progress towards full immunization coverage.Since its inception, ITSU’s support and programmatic interventions have been strategically designed to improve the country’s Routine Immunization (RI) coverage, placing equity and quality at the center of all its interventions. It has helped strengthen health systems and generated evidence to guide policy decisions that have led to significant gains under the Universal Immunization Program (UIP). It has served as an in-house think tank for strategic planning to innovate, demonstrate and document best practices across the country for further scale-up.
To provide techno-managerial support to MoHFW for scaling-up the national UIP.
To set up the Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) Secretariat within JSIPL to strengthen AEFI surveillance for the country.
To work closely with immunization partners like UNICEF, WHO and UNDP and accelerate progress in achieving 90% full immunization coverage (FIC).
JSIPL was selected to manage the ITSU as a reliable government partner and dedicated entity. ITSU supports national immunization plans and serves as a ‘nerve centre’ of the national immunization program. ITSU has a key role in developing strategies and supporting the Ministry in the implementation of Mission Indradhanush. In recent years, the team at ITSU has contributed to supporting the government on COVID-19 vaccination and uptake of services, initiating new projects in urban immunization and ramping up coverage of new vaccines. As a think tank for the government, its interventions result from a well- planned collaboration with partners, steering their technical resources and skill sets towards creating an enabling environment for achieving FIC.
ITSU has contributed to improving vaccination coverage across the country by reaching the unreached by generating evidence.
By providing technical support to the government and enhancing the uptake of immunization in equitable and progressive ways.
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