Addressing depression and alcoholism in the Sacred Valley

At Sacred Valley Health/ Ayni Wasi, we support holistic health. This means not only using natural medicines in addition to Western medicine, but also teaching mental health in addition to physical health. This past Friday we held a training for our promotoras (community health workers) on two issues rarely discussed but often present in their communities: depression…

Tuberculosis in the Sacred Valley

According to the World Health Organization and Partners in Health, the prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) in Peru is 106 per 100,000, which makes about 31,800 current cases in Peru in a population of nearly 30,000,000. And startlingly, TB is second only to HIV/AIDS as the greatest killer worldwide due to a single infectious agent. Tuberculosis…

University of Rochester’s First Week of Health Campaigns

Last week was a busy one for Sacred Valley Health staff and our volunteers from University of Rochester School of Nursing. After settling into their homestays on Monday afternoon and jumping into Spanish class, the nursing students came into the office Tuesday morning ready to work. We began with a few cultural exercises to prepare…

SVH community health workers treat visiting doctor

Last Thursday, community coordinators Lydia and myself (Sarah) spent the night with promotora Valentina so that we could support her in an early morning presentation in Rayan.  After a delicious porridge breakfast with dried corn from Valentina’s garden, we headed down the mountainside to the community’s meeting space.  She chose to teach her community how…

Transportation challenges

The driver of our 16-passenger van jumped out to slide large rocks under our back tires which were skidding in the mud, and I finally understood the severity of the road situation here in Peru. We were returning from a large promotora training and during the later hours it had started raining fiercely. The unpaved…