Mapping Patacancha

After a successful start in Piscacucho last week, the team from Broad Street Maps set off bright and early to take GPS coordinates and record demographic data from households in Patacancha. They were accompanied by several SVH community health workers (promotores de salud) as well as our driver Ruben, our nurse Leticia, and Sonja, a nurse…

Personal Hygiene and Food Safety in the Sacred Valley

This month’s training curriculum focused on personal and home hygiene, including food safety. Our community health workers (promotores de salud) demonstrated their command of skills including hand washing and vegetable peeling. They will teach these skills to fellow villagers at each community’s General Assembly, and will explain the importance of good hygiene for reducing the spread…

SVH and Broad Street Maps: Our Mapping Project Begins!

Last week a team from Broad Street Maps joined us in Ollantaytambo to begin a two month mapping project. During March and April, we will be working with them to map all of the communities that Sacred Valley Health currently works in, as well as the communities we hope to expand to soon. The maps will…

Day 3: SVH’s Medical Campaign Takes to the Road

Cramming into two combis last Friday, SVH staff, the visiting medical students from Wayne State University, and the Ollantaytambo Municipality’s mobile health clinic combined forces to deliver a free clinic at the posta (clinic) in rural Piscacucho. We spent the morning busily seeing patients of all ages and ailments, with grateful ‘mamis’ bringing freshly cooked maize as…

Day 1 and 2: SVH’s Recent Medical Campaign

Medical students from Wayne State University hit the ground running last week as they arrived in Ollantaytambo to participate in a medical campaign with SVH/Ayni Wasi. Arriving with boundless energy, the students immediately helped us set up a three-day medical campaign – transforming the Salon Communal in Ollantaytambo into a clinic and pharmacy for the…