Associação Saúde Criança is a social organization that works to improve and maintain the wellbeing of children who live below the poverty line by fostering the economic and social self-sustainability of their families.
The organization’s pioneering methodology was founded in 1991 by Dr. Vera Cordeiro. Saúde Criança is a not-for-profit with no governmental or religious affiliations.
The process begins when health professionals at partner hospitals identify children who come from families at social risk and send them to Saúde Criança.
Upon joining the organization, the family works with a multidisciplinary team to create a Family Action Plan, which establishes the overarching goals to achieve self-sufficiency and the steps to reach them.
These goals are created in five different but equally important areas: health, citizenship, education, housing, and income generation.
Saúde Criança developed a powerful methodology to deliver social inclusion to less fortunate people.
Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
One of the main results of Saúde Criança was soon felt in the Pediatric Ward of Hospital da Lagoa, because the hospitalization we call social hospitalization no longer exists. In other words, those children that returned due to their social condition, that brought back the disease, such hospitalizations no longer exist. They are over.
Dr. Odilon Arantes, Chief of Pediatrics