Identifying the Problems, Devising Solutions

As you’ve read in earlier blog posts, the Sacred Valley Health team uses GPS technology to map the communities we serve. When we record each household’s location, we ask a household member a series of survey questions that give us demographic data and information about factors (such as presence or absence of a chimney) that…

Trucha, Torta, and Training

This week, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of training for our first group of community health workers (promotoras) who are based at the Patacancha posta (government outpost clinic).  We combined this celebration with the second module of our nutrition training curriculum. We began by reviewing material from the previous training — the roles of  carbohydrates,…

The Heimlich maneuver, CPR, and frog paste!

The green paste had an unusually lumpy texture and an incredibly pungent odor. Its ingredients included various local plants and herbs as well as a ground-up frog. Yet despite the seemingly repugnant nature of the concoction, the promotoras (community health workers) were mesmerized. The paste was used to treat twisted ankles, deep bruises, and other…

New promotoras, new interns, new maps

Last Monday, Sacred Valley Health staff traveled to Soccma, a one hour drive from Ollantaytambo, where we welcomed two more locally-elected promotoras (community health workers) into our program. Roxana, from Soccma, and Bertha, from Rafka, join eight other new promotoras who started training last month. Including the promotoras who started with us over a year…

Meet more of our new community health workers!

This week we would love to introduce to you four more of Sacred Valley Health’s promotoras (community health workers). Eight locally-elected promotoras have recently joined our team. Read about them here! Isabel Sinchi Taccu is a weaver from the community of T’tastayoc. Isabel, 47 years old, is keen to apply her new knowledge to her…