SUMAN Scheme (Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan Scheme) {सुरक्षित मातृत्व आश्वासन योजना - सुमन}

Updated on Jul 30, 2020

Overview

The Union Government launches SUMAN Scheme or Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan. This scheme provides quality health care at zero cost to pregnant women, new mothers and newborns. Union health minister and family welfare minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launched the SUMAN Scheme along with other state health ministers on October 10, 2019, during the 13th conference of the central council of health and family welfare in New Delhi.

In this scheme, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the central government's main aim is to achieve the target by reducing maximum maternal and infant mortality. Though the government is providing the complete service of pregnancies until the delivery is at zero cost in government hospitals.

Objectives

  • The Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan or SUMAN Scheme aims to provide dignified and proper health care at zero cost to every woman and newborns in the government facility.
  • In this Scheme, the government will provide help for pregnant women, newborns, and mothers up to six months of delivery will avail free health service. They provide the service like antenatal checkups and six home-based newborns checkups.
  • This Scheme will provide zero expenses access to every woman of a public facility. Any complications during and after pregnancy. The government will provide transport services for pregnant women for health checkups.
  • The pregnant women also avail of the zero cost service for C- Section delivery facility also in case of any emergency at public health facilities.
  • The Suman Scheme also ensures the free cost of service for denial of services to such patients.

Importance

The Suman Scheme aims to bring down the rates in the nation of maternal and infant and to stop all unwanted maternal and newborn deaths. This Scheme offers you the best and stress-free birth experience for mothers and newborns. 

The government makes sure to provide the patients with proper health care and also support for breastfeeding, free and zero expenses for sick newborns, and zero doses for vaccination.

Features

  • Zero tolerance for any negligence
  • Integrates existing initiatives
  • Respect for women's autonomy, dignity, feelings, and choices
  • 100% maternal death reporting and reviews
  • Grievance redressal mechanism
  • Client feedback
  • Awards to champions 
  • Community-level maternal death reporting
  • Community engagement & mega
  • Intersectional Convergence

Services Provided

All pregnant women and newborns visiting public health care facilities are given the following services are:

  • Provisions of at least 4 ANC checkups and 6 HBNC visits.
  • Safe motherhood booklet and mother & child protection card.
  • Deliveries by trained doctors 
  • Free and zero expenses access for the delivery and any health care complications.
  • Early initiation and support for breastfeeding for every mother
  • Respectful care and services
  • Full privacy and dignity
  • Zero dose vaccination
  • Free transport from home to hospital
  • Elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV, HBV, and SYPHILIS.
  • Guaranteed service with the scope of reaching a healthcare facility within 1 hour in case of any emergency.
  • Birth certificate facility from the health care centre.
  • Conditional cash transfers and direct benefit transfer under Suman scheme.
  • Postpartum FP and safe motherhood counselling.

Expected Outcome

As per the reports, India has declined the rates of maternal mortality 254 per 1, 00,000 live births in 2004-2006 to 130 in 2014-2016, the infant mortality lowered down rate approx 66 per 1,000 live births to 34. These figures are quite motivating and appreciating the work of health ministers.

Health Facilities

We have already discussed facilities by the government for all the women in the country. Now, let's discuss the health facilities provided to the women and babies in rural and urban areas of the state under the Scheme:

In Rural Areas

  • Prime health centre for women
  • Community health centre for women
  • Rural hospitals 
  • Sub-district hospitals
  • District hospitals
  • Medical college hospital

In Urban Areas

  • Firstly urban dispensaries
  • Secondly urban health posts
  • Third maternity homes

Official Website

You might want to visit the official website as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How is it different from other schemes?

Other schemes are entitled to receive the money 5000 in three instalments whereas Suman schemes are providing the free cost of services to all women.

Q. How can you register for the Suman scheme?

The Suman Scheme was launched in 2016, and until now it is implemented in all the states of the country. All the civil hospitals of all the districts have introduced this Scheme to follow guidelines introduced by the health minister. You can register yourself for this Scheme by visiting the civil hospital near you.

Q.How does the Suman Scheme lower down the private health care facility rates?

Government has launched the Suman Scheme to benefit the people. All the civil hospitals are providing free service for pregnant womens with transport facilities. Thus, it helps in bringing down the rates of private hospitals.

Bottom Line

This scheme is launched to improve the medical condition rate. This scheme is much needed in the villages too. As in villages women still, deliver the baby at home only due to lack of facilities and money. But, due to the Suman scheme, now medical facilities are available to all the pregnant ladies of the country with zero expenses.


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WRITTEN BYVarsha Verma

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