Meet our new promotoras!

September marked the start of the expansion of Sacred Valley Health’s promotora (community health worker) training program. We have added eight locally-elected promotoras in seven additional communities. These promotoras will attend training at the Chilcca posta (government outpost clinic) twice monthly. Read about our new promotoras here! Silvia Uscamayta Molina from Palomar is 34 years…

Stewart bids farewell and the promotoras learn about nutrition

On Thursday, the Sacred Valley Health staff climbed into our driver Ruben’s van (called a combi here) and made the gorgeous trek up to the community of Patacancha, where we held a day of promotora training on the topic of nutrition. We took a winding route to Patacancha, since we needed to pick up several…

New Beginnings

Last Friday, SVH/Ayni Wasi staff jumped into two combis to go to the Chillca Posta for the first official training of our second group of promotoras (community health workers). Prior to heading to posta, one group went to pick up promotoras from the higher altitude communities of Rayan, Soccma, Marcuray, and Rumira. Another group went…

Phase 2 of the Promotora Program Kicks Off

Last Thursday, Sacred Valley Health welcomed eight new promotoras (community health workers) from seven new communities for a morning of orientation. These promotoras were elected by their communities in the last couple of months, and they worked with SVH staff to gather demographic and health data in their communities in July and August. Now they…

Over the river and through the mountains

One of the coolest things that we get to do is a baseline survey and mapping project.  This project is one of my favorites for a number of reasons: 1)     We get to meet a member of just about every household in our community.  We go to every house, mark a GPS point, and interview…