Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA)

Ministry/Department :  Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Aims to provide free health check-ups to pregnant women at government health centers and hospitals - Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA)
  • The national programme aims to provide pregnant ladies free ante-natal services (ANC) and required treatment for free on 9th of every month.
  • Objectives of the scheme are
    • Provide healthy life to the pregnant women.
    • Lowering the maternity mortality rate.
    • Making pregnant women aware of their health issues and diseases.
    • Making sure safe delivery and healthy life of the baby.
  • The scheme is applicable only for the pregnant women in their pregnancy period of 3 to 6 months.
  • It will provide all kinds of medical check-ups completely free to pregnant women.
  • These check-ups will take place at the medical centres, government and private hospitals and private clinics across the country.
  • These free of cost tests will include blood pressure, sugar level, weight, haemoglobin test, blood test and screening.
  • Women will be marked differently using different colour stickers based on their health problems so that doctors can easily detect the problem.
  • Different colour stickers will be Red Sticker for Serious patients, Blue Sticker for High blood pressure and Yellow Sticker for Other diseases.
  • In India, one pregnant woman dies every 12 minutes, with 45,000 dying each year. Of them, less than one in five (19.7%) undergo pre-natal health checks.
  • India’s MMR of 167 (167 maternal deaths per 100,000 births) failed to meet its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target of bringing down maternal deaths to under 140 by 2015.
  • India’s IMR stands at 40 deaths per 1,000 live births, against an MDG target of 29.
  • Scheme was launched in 2016.

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