On 17th of September 2017, 104 volunteers of Aniruddha’s Academy of Disaster Management (AADM), dressed in black and white and wearing yellow caps were seen helping parents administer the Polio dosage to be given to their children at various locations in Mumbai viz., Ward B, Ward H, Ward G, Andheri’s Ward of BMC and so on. This academy has evolved from the vision of Dr. Aniruddha D. Joshi, M.D. Medicine.
India launched the Pulse Polio Immunization (PPI) program in 1995 as a result of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Under this programme, all children under the age of 5, were to be given 2 doses of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) every year, until polio had been completely eradicated.
PPI was initiated with the objective of achieving hundred percent coverage under the OPV. It aims to reach out to the unapproached children through improved social mobilization, plan mop-up operations in areas where polio virus has almost disappeared and maintain a high level of morale among the public.
This project documents the measures in fighting poliomyelitis through massive immunization programme launched by the Government of India, in co-operation with international agencies, state governments and non-government/voluntary organizations.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) & Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation had approached Aniruddha’s Academy of Disaster Management (AADM) in the year 2003 knowing the strength and dedication of the volunteers, which has been witnessed by the Government authorities during its Crowd Control Services. Since then, AADM has supported the noble cause by endorsing this Government Initiative, for more than 14 years now. More than a thousand Disaster Management Volunteers (DMV), offer their services for an entire day in various wards of the Corporation. Volunteers are posted at various booths for 2 shifts to give required doses to the children.
The Academy and its volunteers need to be appreciated for their sustained effort in helping the government’s initiative for social welfare.