During the 13th Conference of Central Council of Health and Family Welfare (CCCHFW) in New Delhi, the Central Government on 10th October 2019 launched the Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan (SUMAN) scheme, aiming at zero preventable maternal and newborn deaths in India under which pregnant women, mothers up to 6 months after delivery and all sick newborns will be able to avail free health care benefits. The Website for the scheme-SUMAN and grievance redressal portal was also launched during the event.
The Scheme aims to provide dignified and quality health care at no cost to every woman and newborn visiting a public health facility. The scheme will enable zero expense access to the identification and management of complications during and after the pregnancy. Under the scheme, the beneficiaries visiting public health facilities are entitled to several free services. These include at least four ante natal check-ups that also includes one checkup during the 1st trimester, at least one checkup under Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan, Iron Folic Acid supplementation, Tetanus diptheria injection and other components of comprehensive ANC package and six home-based newborn care visits. Under the scheme, the beneficiaries visiting public health facilities are entitled to several free services.