A movement for health equity

September has barely ended, and I’m already looking forward to September 2015, when United Nations representatives will discuss and articulate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were set in 2000 and included 8 bold objectives to be met by 2015: To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger To achieve…

Filling in Holes

After saying goodbye to the promotoras (community health workers) who had participated in the Leadership Training Workshop sessions, my colleagues and I talked about the transformation we had seen. Even the most reserved, mild-mannered promotoras were projecting confidence and inner strength. I was amazed at how far they have come. And then I looked inward,…

Autumn Newsletter from Sacred Valley Health

Our latest newsletter went out via email a couple of weeks ago, but we’ve heard that it landed in some people’s Promotions folder. So we’re re-sharing it via the blog. Enjoy! Why are we doing this work? The Sacred Valley is home to many small, geographically isolated communities that lack access to basic health services….

Light on the Pomp, Heavy on the Circumstance

Friday, September 26, 2014 7:30 AM: While drinking my morning coffee I can’t wait to see how today will turn out. We’ve been preparing for this graduation ceremony for weeks now. For our readers just tuning in, on September 26, sixteen promotoras de salud (community health workers) graduated from the core community health worker training…

Exposing the silent killer: Pneumonia

Though it’s been termed the silent killer, pneumonia’s record speaks for itself. Pneumonia—lung infection caused by bacteria or viruses—is the leading cause of death worldwide for children under five. In Peru and other developing countries, pneumonia is extremely prevalent. Between 2008-2012, 59% of Peruvians sought care for suspected pneumonia, reports the Demographic and Health Survey….