Remote GPS Points

After a week living and working with the Patacancha nurses (see post) I returned to Ollantaytambo for a few days before embarking on my time in Kelccanka. I went out to Kelccanka with others SVH volunteers and the team from Broadstreet Maps. We divided into three groups and collected most of the Kelccanka points for the…

GPS Mapping in Kelccanka

Yesterday we spent the day collecting data in Kelccanka, one of the most remote communities that Sacred Valley Health serves. We split up into three groups. Three of us jumped out of the van about 2 hours into the 3 hour drive, and walked with SVH promotora Ana Cecilia to visit outlying houses. The two other…

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….

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words…and What About a Map?

“Is that my house? No, that’s it right there” says promotora (community health worker) Teresa. We are looking at a map prototype of her community. “You should make the background a little greener so it’s easier to use the trees as landmarks,” says promotora Santusa. Community Coordinator Escolástica and I are up in Huilloc training…

Identifying the Problems, Devising Solutions

As you’ve read in earlier blog posts, the Sacred Valley Health team uses GPS technology to map the communities we serve. When we record each household’s location, we ask a household member a series of survey questions that give us demographic data and information about factors (such as presence or absence of a chimney) that…