SUNY Brockport nursing students join forces with Sacred Valley Health

Last week, Sacred Valley Health welcomed twenty-two nursing students and teachers from the State University of New York (SUNY) Brockport for a multi-day medical campaign. Early on Thursday morning, our guests of honor gathered in the office for a briefing on SVH’s work and to prepare for the campaign. The SUNY team participated in exercises…

Capacitaciones de Mayo

In the week preceding our May capacitaciones (training sessions), the town of Ollantaytambo bustled in its preparations for the biggest festival of the year, Choquekillka. The Sacred Valley Health office, too, was bustling, but with a different type of energy. After a successful trip to Cusco on Monday, where we purchased the promotoras’ (community health workers) monthly…

Applying fluoride and herding alpacas in Kelccanka

The day began as many mornings do in Peru… waiting for transport. We were relieved when the fruit truck finally appeared. Then we saw the sheer number of people crammed into the back and balanced on the sides. Fifteen minutes and much negotiation later, we joined the masses seated along the side rails. After climbing…

Community engagement in Patacancha and Huilloc

Saturday May 4th was a busy day for general assemblies in the communities that Sacred Valley Health serves. Stewart and I (Harriet) began our morning around 8:30 outside the Patacancha Salón Communal, prepping community health worker (promotora) Victoria for her presentation. We had only an hour to complete this presentation with Victoria and make it…