The Criança é Vida Adultos (Child is Life Adults) is composed of a cycle of 12 Education for Health instructional units whose aim is to educate employees of institutions and families of children in communities subject to social vulnerability.

It is a pioneer project of the Criança é Vida (Child is Life) project. Its content is systematically reviewed by pediatricians.

This cycle of instructional units contains information in accessible language that meet what doctors and pediatricians consider basic for disease prevention in children from 0 to 6 years of age.

The project is carried out in a lecture format, developed with simple language for easier understanding by the target public.

Cycle 1

  1. It is better to prevent than to cure – The body and environmental hygiene
  2. The importance of healthy food
  3. Diarrhea, verminosis and oral rehydration
  4. Diseases transmitted by animals

Cycle 2

  1. Fever and childhood diseases
  2. Respiratory problems
  3. The importance of seeing and hearing well
  4. Oral health

Cycle 3

  1. Skin problems
  2. Child accident prevention
  3. Child first aid I
  4. Child first aid II

In the “Alimentação saudável” (“Healthy Food”) Instructional unit, a woman was having serious problems with her son’s food and, thanks to the course, she said she had gained a new perspective and was going to apply what she learned at home.

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My gratification came during the presentation of the last Instructional Unit (child first aid II). When parents asked when the next meeting would take place. I was quite pleased because family attendance is very difficult regardless of our efforts.

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In the course of multiplication, I was impressed by parents’ stories, because they forget that their children are their responsibility. They frequently blame their children. They certainly think differently now.

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It is normal for kids and their parents to share the knowledge provided by the Criança é Vida (Child is Life) volunteers with their neighbors in the communities where they live.

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Maria das Graças, mother of one of our children, is a domestic worker who began using the knowledge obtained from the project meetings in her work. Her employers appreciated it and increased her salary. The Criança é Vida (Child is Life) Institute is opening up new horizons for a lot of people.

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Families noticed that instead of spending their money on snacks and yogurt, they could buy greens and vegetables for the same price, and offer their children more nutritious food.

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