The Associação Saúde Criança is a nonprofit social enterprise with no political or religious affiliation. Saúde Criança has developed a pioneering methodology that improves the home environment and promotes the self-sufficiency of Brazilian families with children suffering from chronic disease and poverty.
The causes of poverty and illness are multidimensional. To address these complex problems Saúde Criança uses a multidisciplinary and integrated approach by focusing on five factors crucial for the family’s well-being: health, housing, citizenship, income and education. Saúde Criança fights for social inclusion by promoting human development.
Saúde Criança’s work is based on a Family Action Plan (PAF), a set of actions with goals and deadlines unique to each family assisted. The PAF is developed by a multidisciplinary team of social workers, nutritionists, psychologists, psychiatrists and lawyers, amongst others, with the collaboration of the family.
Every family is assisted individually, according to their needs and potentials, during a period of approximately two years. The family’s progress is tracked in regular meetings with the Saúde Criança team with the objective of helping the family achieve dignity and autonomy.