Fortaleza has at least 127 children between the ages of 0 and 3 ‘epidemic orphans’, according to a City Hall study.

The Kovid epidemic is leaving thousands Affected life. In the most delicate situation, including death, Kovid has made countless orphans. In Fortaleza, a previous survey by City Hall, based on data crossings from some secretariats, identified, at least, 127 children The so-called very early childhood – 0 to 3 years – In this case. According to City Hall, they will include assistance and protection. Mapping will continue.

Information about children, Secretary of Interpretation Special coordinator for early childhoodPatricia Macedo, mapped, last month, through a database crossing, among others, Department of Municipal Health And its information Registry About death in epidemics.

Thus, it was possible to prioritize the orphaned population in the epidemic. Information from this work has been included Board of Governors.

Based on the initial study, the Special Coordinator Report for Early Childhood:

  • Most of these orphans are children Regional 3, 5 and 113% in Regional 3, 12.60% in Regional 5 and 11.02% in Regional 1.
  • The municipality already knows what The child has lost a family memberBut seeks to deepen this knowledge based on home visits;
  • Each of these children Will be inspected An active search and social support network will be inserted according to their needs.
  • Oh Vaccine chart These babies will be updated immediately.

What to do?

This work was led by the Special Coordinator for Early Childhood, and this Monday (13), the Multidisciplinary Center for Individual Attention was launched, which will work with children orphaned by epidemics in very early childhood.

Patricia explained that based on quantitative surveys, City Hall is preparing a survey questionnaire that will be applied to each child’s home. The mapping is expected to be completed this week and the inspection will begin next week.

By August, the coordination estimates, all of these children will receive a visitor from the City Hall, and the multidisciplinary nucleus will provide a complete diagnosis, with a special focus on the orphans affected by the epidemic in very early childhood.

Mapping seeks to answer the needs of every orphan child. Other questions include:

  • Do you have a birth certificate?
  • Does the host family meet the criteria for transferring income?
  • Can a child be included in a social program but not enrolled?
  • Does the host family need emotional support?

Patricia reports that the number of children may also increase, as City Hall is still in the process of being mapped. “We know the trend is on the rise. But then our method will be created. Habits will already develop in the regions. And we’re going to enter a more dynamic process. ”

The initiative will include Health (SMS), Education (SME), Human Rights and Social Development (SDHDS), Fundação da Criança e da Família Cidadã (Funci), Social Participation Coordination (CPS) and the Department of Intersectoral Action. Institutional Affairs Advisor.

Action that can be performed

In terms of diagnosis, children and concerned families who have welcomed them may already be covered by the measures taken by the municipality. For example, if the diagnosis indicates that these children do not have a Social Registration Number (NIS), they will be sent to SDHDS for inclusion in the registry.

Incidents of extreme social vulnerability can be included in the Missão Infância card, which benefits children aged 0 to 3 years with access to supplemental income.

In cases where children do not attend day care, the coordinator informs them that they may be admitted to the single education registry, one of the gateways to the municipal education network.

Children without a birth certificate will benefit from Funci’s Sim, Eu Existo program. In cases where family ties need to be strengthened, the child may be included in the Grow With Your Son / Happy Child program.

There are also strategies for experiences that require emotional and psychological support. If needed, the coordinator said, the treatment would be provided through an extension of an agreement signed between City Hall and 8 universities through the Fortaleza Municipal Health Department.

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