Who we are

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Martina Engel, Sorry, this entry is only available in Portuguese

"After working as a doctor at a public hospital in Rio de Janeiro with hundreds of children trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty, illness, hospitalization, readmission, and death, I realized that, unfortunately, our work at the hospital had its limits. We created an organization that works with the family, from a biopsychosocial viewpoint, not to replace the health services they receive at public hospitals, but to supplement the medical treatment, giving greater meaning to the hospital’s actions. To break the vicious circle, Saúde Criança has changed the health care paradigm, collaborating with the families to orchestrate comprehensive integrated interventions in five areas: health, education, income, citizenship, and housing, therefore, promoting human development. " Vera Cordeiro, founder and president of the Board of Directors of of Associação Saúde Criança.

"After working as a doctor at a public hospital in Rio de Janeiro with hundreds of children trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty, illness, hospitalization, readmission, and death, I realized that, unfortunately, our work at the hospital had its limits. We created an organization that works with the family, from a biopsychosocial viewpoint, not to replace the health services they receive at public hospitals, but to supplement the medical treatment, giving greater meaning to the hospital’s actions. To break the vicious circle, Saúde Criança has changed the health care paradigm, collaborating with the families to orchestrate comprehensive integrated interventions in five areas: health, education, income, citizenship, and housing, therefore, promoting human development. " Vera Cordeiro, founder and president of the Board of Directors of of Associação Saúde Criança.

Saúde Criança Association (ASC) was founded in 1991 by Dr. Vera Cordeiro, general practitioner with a specialization in Psychosomatics, who worked at Lagoa Federal Hospital for 20 years, 10 of which she dedicated to Pediatrics.

When treating patients at the hospital, Vera realized that the medical care was incomplete. She was able to treat the disease, but the children returned to hospital, were released to unhealthy homes, with parents who were often times unemployed and without the means to give them adequate care. It was a vicious cycle: poverty, disease, admission into the hospital, discharge, re-admission and death.

Her daily frustration led her to create a movement inside the hospital and together with friends and colleagues she founded Asociação Saúde Criança on October 25, 1991. Saúde Criança works to address the real cause of many of the diseases treated in public hospitals: extreme poverty.

Vera created a pioneering strategy to address the needs of families in situations of extreme vulnerability with children in the hospital, working together with the families assisted, volunteers, health professionals and national and international institutions.


Mission

To promote the biopsychosocial well-being of the children and their families who live below the poverty line, viewing health as an integrated way and as an instrument for social inclusion.

Vision

Saúde Criança Association uses its own pioneering and multidisciplinary methodology of fighting poverty to create a world where human rights and social inclusion are a reality.

Values

Social Responsibility, Integrity, Solidarity, Transparency and Social Justice.