Mission: Accessibility

What’s better than two Peruvian community health workers?

Four Peruvian community health workers!

In January, the community of Huilloc elected four more women to train as promotoras.

After a successful 2015, which included the introduction of the Docente Program and the Vitamin Campaign, 2016 is looking even brighter for Sacred Valley Health. As the New Year begins, our little organization is anticipating changes that will achieve greater health accessibility throughout the communities we work in.

Currently, SVH has 23 community health workers who live and work in 13 communities across the Sacred Valley of the Cusco Region of Peru. Promotoras serve their communities in several ways: they teach a preventive public health curriculum to their neighbors, perform house visits, administer basic first aid, and provide health advice. Promotoras are also responsible for recognizing severe health conditions that may warrant a trip to the closest medical clinic, or posta. Ultimately, promotoras play an invaluable role in their communities and link their neighbors to crucial health resources.

Remote communities like Rayan currently only have one promotora. That will change in 2016.

SVH aims to continue this trend of increasing health access. In 2016, SVH plans to double the number of promotoras in the Promotora Program. By training over 40 new promotoras in communities across the Sacred Valley, there will be more community health workers in the region than ever. The doubling of the program will guarantee that there are two to three promotoras per community, and health access will become an achievable reality, even in the most remote areas. Thanks to a growing network of promotoras, community members can anticipate that they will have a resource to aid their health needs in the future.

While Sacred Valley Health may be small, it is mighty. With a stronger and larger base of promotoras working tirelessly for their communities, the Sacred Valley will become safer and healthier.

-By Rosanna Giorlandino

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