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RAMOS, Camila Irigonhé  and  CUERVO, Maria Rita Macedo. The "Bolsa Família" family grant scheme:  the interface between professional practice and the human right to adequate food and nutrition. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.8, pp.2159-2168. ISSN 1413-8123.

The Human Right to Adequate Nutrition must be ensured through the public policies included in SAN, namely the Food and Nutritional Security campaign. Besides the income transfer geared to ensuring access to basic social rights, the "Bolsa Família" Program (PBF) is included in this context. This study seeks to analyze the operational aspects of the PBF and also ascertain whether or not the health professionals see the program as a core element of the SAN public policy. With this in mind, semi-structured interviews were conducted with primary healthcare workers involved directly both with the PBF and with the families who receive this benefit. By the end of the study, it was possible to perceive the importance of training health professionals who work in this area, because when one dissociates the social reality in which the beneficiaries live from the program objectives, this can lead to the simple mechanization of these practices. In this respect, it should be stressed that health professionals need to understand the proposals of the program as political and social strategies which, in addition to providing immediate relief, strive to overcome the problems related to poverty and hunger.

Keywords : Food Security and Nutrition; Health professionals; Social Policy.

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