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, proteins, and fats in the diet. Then we focused on nutrition for pregnant women, a crucial topic in the communities we serve. Additionally, the promotoras learned about diabetes and obesity, and how dietary change can improve health outcomes.
After the nutrition lesson, we officially congratulated all of the promotoras on a year of service to their communities. We provided each of them with either an official Ayni Wasi chaleco (vest) or an Ayni Wasi bag as an anniversary gift. (Ayni Wasi means “House of Reciprocity” in Quechua and is the name under which Sacred Valley Health operates in Peru.) The vests and bags are visible symbols of the health promoters’ status as their communities’ point people for health-related matters.
We also honored Leticia, our Peruvian nurse, who is instrumental to education of both Spanish and Quechua-speaking communities, and Rubén, our driver and chef, for their hard work and dedication over the past year.
Additionally, it was Community Coordinator Elly’s last training day with the Patacancha-based promotoras. She will be greatly missed, and staff and promotoras thanked her for her hard work.
After the nutrition training and recognition of promotoras, staff, and volunteers for service to the community, we celebrated with trout (trucha) and cake (torta).
¡Hasta pronto with another blog post, readers!
— Written by Brooke Bachelor, RN BSN
(New community coordinator for Yanamayo, Piscaccucho, and Huilloc)