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      Low Cost Approaches to Improve Quality of Life & Access to Healthcare in Brazilian Favelas

      Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention

      Journal of Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention

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          Throughout Brazil, there is a wide gap between the rich and the poor in respect to their resources. There are about 12 million people in Brazil who live in extreme poverty within shantytowns, known as favelas.17 These people lack basic public services, such as education, space, and most importantly healthcare. These people lack basic public services such as education, space, and most importantly healthcare. As a result, there are high incidences of malnutrition, diarrhea, skin diseases, and many other diseases.15 In addition, living in such conditions can negatively impact one’s health. Six factors that can greatly improve and maintain healthy living in the favelas: cleanliness; nutrition; doctor visits; herbal remedies (tomar cha); sympathetic magic; spirituality. In order to better the quality and access of healthcare for the people living in the favelas, it is necessary to use low cost strategies. Using other countries’ strategies and implementations can help Brazil improve healthcare in the favelas.

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          Journal
          Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention
          CSWHI
          Journal of Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention
          2222386X
          20769741
          December 31 2016
          December 31 2016
          : 7
          : 4
          : 46-54
          Affiliations
          [1 ]Health Administration & Human Resources, 4th Floor McGurrin Hall, Scranton, PA 18510-4699
          Article
          10.22359/cswhi_7_4_07
          © 2016

          Psychology, Social & Behavioral Sciences

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