Combatting non-communicable disease in the Sacred Valley

When we¬†think about the greatest threats to human health, diseases such as HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, and malaria are often the first that come to mind. Until recently, infectious diseases have been at the forefront of the global health agenda. ¬†However, data show that non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease,…

Capacitacion 9: a review of the four previous trainings

Now that it is March and the worst of the rainy season has passed, promotora (community health worker) trainings have resumed. Last Friday, we reviewed content from the previous four capacitaciones (trainings). During the first half of the session, the promotoras rotated through interactive stations to review skills for treating hypothermia, diarrhea, and gastritis. At…

Promotora Fanny shares knowledge

When people think about their greatest fears, one that frequently tops the charts is public speaking. It can be nerve-wracking to say the least. But now imagine that you are a woman in a culture that does not generally view women as leaders. Imagine that you have suddenly come into a position where you will…

Wayne State Medical School Students Partner with SVH

Last week, medical students from Wayne State University visited Peru to partner with Sacred Valley Health on health campaigns. Twenty medical students, two physicians, and SVH staff and promotoras (community health workers) collaborated to promote health and well being among the people of Ollantaytambo. On the first day of the campaign, groups of medical students…