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2018 World Haemophilia Day (WHD)

The World Haemophilia Day (WHD) is observed every year on April 17 to increase awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. It is an opportunity to help people with bleeding disorders live healthier, longer and more productive lives by educating and empowering them through knowledge sharing, information exchanges, education, and training. The 2018 theme ..

Mycobacterium indicus pranii (MIP)

It is an indigenous vaccine for leprosy, developed by National Institute of Immunology. This vaccine is to be administered to those living in close contact with infected people. MIP is now being introduced into the National Leprosy Elimination Programme (NLEP) It is also the first vaccine on leprosy and has shown capability to bring down ..


The Union Ministry of Science and Technology has launched SOHUM, an indigenously developed low-cost hearing screening device for newborns. The innovative medical device has been developed by the School of International Biodesign (SIB) startup Sohum Innovation Labs India Pvt Ltd under Department of Biotechnology (DBT) supported (SIB) The Sohum aims to make this battery-operated non-invasive screening device available ..

Typbar Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine

Bharat Biotech’s Typbar TCV, the world’s first clinically proven typhoid conjugate vaccine, has received pre-qualification from the World Health Organisation (WHO).  It is the fourth generation vaccine against typhoid, proven to provide long-term protection to adults and infants – six months and older.

National Framework for Malaria Elimination 2016-2030

This framework was released in February, 2016 and aims to eliminate mosquito borne malaria disease from the country by 2030. This was for the first time government’s health policy has framed intervention have deliverables and time-bound targets. Key features of this framework are as follows: Whole country will be divided into three categories as per ..

Kovalam 2018 World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) observed on 2 April

The World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) is observed every year on April 2 to recognize and support all children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The day is to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral ..

2018 National Conference on Down Syndrome organised Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

The ‘2018 National Conference on Down Syndrome’ was organised by the National Trust under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in New Delhi on March 25. A book entitled “Twilights Children” based on the lives of person suffering from Down Syndrome was released on the occasion. The conference brought intellectuals from all walks of life ..

UP government launches DASTAK campaign to eradicate deadly Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanise Encephalitis (JE) disease

The Uttar Pradesh has launched massive door to door campaign DASTAK in association with UNICEF to eradicate deadly Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanise Encephalitis (JE) disease in the state. The war cry of DASTAK is Darwaja khatkhatao, AES aur JE ko bhagao. In DASTAK campaign, the whole state machinery with the help of UNICEF ..