Conditional Cash Transfer Policies and Infant and Child Mortality in Brazil: Analyses Using the Bolsa Família Program

Everton E. C. Lima , IFCH - UNICAMP
Felipe Inacio de Azevedo

We analyze the conditional cash transfer programs Bolsa Familia (BF) and its relationship with infant and child mortality in Brazil in 2006 and 2010. Using census and DHS, we investigate how this program affects infant and child mortality and contributes to general mortality reductions and increase life expectancy in small areas of the country in 2010. Due to its conditions that beneficiary families must fulfill, such as the children and adolescents must to go to school as well as mothers must to search for healthcare and social assistance for their offspring, we believe that this social program promotes considerable reductions in infant and child mortality in the country.

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 Presented in Session 11. Health & Mortality 2