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 old and previously worked for the Chilcca posta through the now-defunct program “Promotora Vivienda Saludable,” which focused on sanitary family living. As well as being elected by her community, Silvia was recommended by the staff at the Chilcca posta. When Peru’s government cut funding for the program that employed her, Silvia continued lead by example in her community, demonstrating the Vivienda Saludable principles in her own home and acting as a source of knowledge for her neighbors.
Elizabeth Mora Baca is from Piscacucho. Elsa, as she is affectionately known, is 38 years old. Elsa previously worked as a promotora at the Chilcca posta – until the government stopped funding that program. Elsa’s role was a more treatment-focused than Silvia’s, and she brings relevant experience to her role as a Sacred Valley Health promotora.
Griselda Ochoa Ccoyso from Olmiron is 25 years old and very excited to learn. She has conveyed to everyone from Sacred Valley Health that she has the ability to comprehend information quickly. Griselda has completed secondary school education, an uncommon achievement among adults in her community, and fellow community members see her as helpful and smart.
Silvia Medina from Rumira is 24 years old and has participated in various health initiatives in her community, including raising awareness about a health campaign to benefit local weavers. Silvia is enthusiastic about working with SVH and has cooked the food for SVH promotora trainings throughout the past year. Now that her community has joined the program, it’s her turn to be trained as a promotora.
Stay tuned for a report on this Friday’s training session and to read profiles of the rest of our new promotoras!