- Aiming zero preventable maternal and new-born deaths in India, the central government launched the Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan (SUMAN) scheme, under which pregnant women, mothers up to 6 months after delivery, and all sick new-borns will be able to avail free healthcare benefits.
- The scheme will largely help in bringing down maternal and infant mortality rates in the country.
- 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 check-up during the 1st trimester, at least one check-up under Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan, Iron Folic Acid supplementation, Tetanus diphtheria injection and other components of comprehensive ANC package and six home-based new-born care visits. Under the scheme there will be zero expense access to identification and management of complications during and after the pregnancy.