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The COVID-19 pandemic, emergency aid and social work in Brazil.

Garcia, Maria Lúcia T.; Pandolfi, Aline F.; Leal, Fabiola X.; Stocco, Aline F.; Borrego, Arelys Esquenazi; Borges, Rodrigo E.S.; dos A Oliveira, Edineia F.; Lang, Aline E.M.; Oliveira Andrade, Cenira; Salazar, Silvia N.; Menandro, Leila M.T.; Spolander, Gary


Maria Lúcia T. Garcia

Aline F. Pandolfi

Fabiola X. Leal

Aline F. Stocco

Arelys Esquenazi Borrego

Rodrigo E.S. Borges

Edineia F. dos A Oliveira

Aline E.M. Lang

Cenira Oliveira Andrade

Silvia N. Salazar

Leila M.T. Menandro


This essay reflects on the implementation of federal government emergency aid in Brazil in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting elements from the work of Social Workers in the context of growing demand for the supply of material provisions. Economic and social conditions in Brazil have particularities that impact the operationalisation of this benefit, which is aimed at the poor, that add complexity and impose limits. When considering the structural limits set, this context imposes challenges on the work of Social Workers. The need to reconnect and enhance the struggle for social rights is emphasised through the different strategies of the working class.


GARCIA, M.L.T., PANDOLFI, A.F., LEAL, F.X., STOCCO, A.F., BORREGO, A.E., BORGES, R.E.S., DOS A OLIVEIRA, E.F., LANG, A.E.M., OLIVEIRA ANDRADE, C., SALAZAR, S.N., MENANDRO, L.M.T. and SPOLANDER, G. 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic, emergency aid and social work in Brazil. Qualitative social work [online], 20(1-2), pages 356-365. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 4, 2021
Online Publication Date Mar 4, 2021
Publication Date Mar 31, 2021
Deposit Date Oct 12, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 12, 2022
Journal Qualitative social work
Print ISSN 1473-3250
Electronic ISSN 1741-3117
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 1-2
Pages 356-365
Keywords Social work; Poverty; Emergency aid; COVID-19
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