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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Child Poverty Insights - Overcoming Illness and Poverty:Evaluating Associação Saúde Criança

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AUTHOR Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy and UNICEF
TYPE Working Brief
DATE 2014
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities

For the poorest and most vulnerable parents, having a sick child can mean a stark choice between care giving and earning an income. This situation can lead to problems paying rent, buying food, providing education, and even caring for the child in need. Severe health shocks to poor families constitute a major channel of the inter-generational transmission of poverty because they impoverish households through costly diagnoses and treatment as well as through the loss of income. Since 1991, Associação Saúde Criança (SC), a Brazilian NGO, has worked in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas (urban slum areas) to break the cycle of poverty that often results from such health shocks. SC addresses poverty alleviation and social inclusion among families with children that have experienced severe health problems by providing comprehensive support in five thematic areas: health, education, income generation, housing, and citizenship. Family members go through a 24-month custom designed programme that provides direct assistance – such as food and medical care – as well as job training, legal advice, housing assistance, and help gaining access to government programmes. The idea behind SC is that families gain skills and are provided with enough support to break the cycle of poverty.

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Child Poverty Insights

Child Poverty Insights (CPI) is a UNICEF online publication for sharing insights, experience and innovative developments on issues of child poverty, deprivation and inequity. The series was launched in August 2009, and a variety of topics have been published which have been well-received by thousands of people in over 150 countries.  Each CPI responds to one of three important areas of child poverty and inequity, namely:

  • Evidence: where high quality research results that focus on children’s inequity issues are reported
  • Think Pieces: where new approaches to measuring or approaching child poverty and inequity are introduced
  • Practice: where real-world programmes are discussed to show examples of ‘best practice’ in responding to child poverty and inequity

Please send your suggestions on future CPI topics and authors to the editors of the series: Martin C. Evans, mcevans@unicef.org.

Child Poverty Insights - Overcoming Illness and Poverty:Evaluating Associação Saúde Criança Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy and UNICEF
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University of Oxford
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The Brookings Institution
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Rethinking Poverty: Report on the World Social Situation 2010 Jomo Kwame Sundaram,
Can the MDGs Provide a Pathway to Social Justice? The Challenge of Intersecting Inequalities Naila Kabeer
SOAS, University of London
"The Plundered Planet and The Bottom Billion: Why the mismanagement of nature matters for the world’s most vulnerable Paul Collier, Oxford University and UNICEF
Just Give Money to the Poor - And Children Will Benefit Armando Barrientos
Brooks World Institute
The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality makes Societies Stronger Bill Kerry, Kate E. Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, The Equality Trust and UNICEF
Child Poverty Insights: The Dynamics of Poverty Dr. Deepa Narayan
The World Bank
Child Poverty Insights: Measuring Policy Effectiveness through Impact Evaluation Hugh Waddington and Birte Snilstveit
International Initiative for Impact Evaluation
Beyond Headcount: The Alkire-Foster Approach to Multidimensional Child Poverty Measurement Sabina Alkire and José Manuel Roche, University of Oxford and UNICEF
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New School University