Last weekend, SVH continued to map and collect data in the communities of Palomare and Olmiron. As Community Coordinator Lucy explained in last week’s post, the household surveys enable us to identify the needs of the communities we serve and to meet those needs by training our promotoras (community health workers) in relevant skills. We collect demographic information, basic health indicators, and GPS coordinates of all households. Each visit creates an opportunity to engage residents in dialogue about their health and hear their perspective on the community’s health care needs.
Early Saturday morning, Community Coordinators Elly and Stewart met up with newly elected promotora Silvia in Palomare, where she lives. Silvia guided Elly and Stewart around the community, conducting a household survey and using a handheld GPS device to assign a unique ID to each home. They visited 55 households and were invited to multiple servings of chochlo (corn), soup, and chicha (Peruvian beer made of corn) over the course of the day.
On the same day, SVH nurse Leticia (a fluent Quechua speaker), Community Coordinator Harriet, and Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator Erin set off for the community of Olmiron. We arrived at the home of newly elected promotora Gryselda early Saturday morning and began our journey through the community. With the help of Gryselda and her husband, Damian, we were able to visit all 34 households in Olmiron.
– Written by Erin Ryan