To keep six contagious diseases at bay
The programme's mandate is to enhance vaccine production in the country, among others. Started in 1978, it is now part of India's National Rural
Health Mission and involves vaccination against six contagious diseases: tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio and measles.
Tuberculosis: A bacterial disease; BCG vaccine administered at birth. The vaccine protects from meningitis and TB.