| Vera Cordeiro|| Social entrepreneur|
Vera Cordeiro Wikipedia
Vera Cordeiro (born 1950 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a social entrepreneur and physician.
Vera Cordeiro worked as a general practitioner for 20 years at Hospital da Lagoa, a public hospital which serves some of Rio de Janeiro’s poorest areas including the Baixada Fluminense (lowland slums) and Rocinha (Latin America’s largest favela).
In 1991, Vera Cordeiro founded Brazil Child Health (Associação Saúde Criança, formerly Renascer), whose mission is to provide holistic assistance to children and their families who live below the poverty line. It works in conjunction with public hospitals in Brazil in order to promote the self-sustainable, biopsychosocial well-being of the entire family. Her comprehensive approach engages health professionals to identify at-risk families and mobilizes a cadre of volunteers to work one-on-one with each family to take charge of transforming their lives. It has been shown that Saude Criança’s model can reduce hospitalization rates by 60%, increase the income of assisted families by more than 35%, and lead to significant annual savings in public spending. 23 hospitals in six Brazilian states have already implemented the association´s methodology.
So far her work has directly transformed the lives of 40,000 of the severely poor and marginalized. In recent years, Dr. Cordeiro began taking her social franchise model to a new level, working with health policymakers to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of her model as a strategy for guaranteeing children’s right to health and combating poverty. As a result, Dr. Cordeiro’s methodology has been integrated into the public policy of one of Brazil’s largest cities, Belo Horizonte.
Vera Cordeiro, founder and CEO of the organization, is an Ashoka, Schwab Foundation and Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur, as well as an Avina leader.
Saúde Criança received the following awards:Global Development Network Award (2003)
38th among the top 100 NGOs in the world by The Global Journal (2012)