The Heimlich maneuver, CPR, and frog paste!

The green paste had an unusually lumpy texture and an incredibly pungent odor. Its ingredients included various local plants and herbs as well as a ground-up frog. Yet despite the seemingly repugnant nature of the concoction, the promotoras (community health workers) were mesmerized. The paste was used to treat twisted ankles, deep bruises, and other…

Empowerment – two more days to have your gift matched!

Beginning in January, five of our veteran promotoras (community health workers) will teach new promotoras de salud the skills they need to provide frontline care, spread health knowledge, and introduce disease-preventing practices to their communities. This initiative expands the geographic reach of our programming and also enhances the docentes’ status as leaders in their home communities….

Reaching a milestone

Sacred Valley Health/ Ayni Wasi’s inaugural class of promotoras (community health workers) recently completed their final capacitación in the core promotora training program. The eight promotoras matriculated into the community health worker program two years ago, when they were elected by their respective communities to become community-recognized health representatives. Since then, they have attended monthly…

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…

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…