Promotoras share their knowledge with Patacancha weaving cooperative

This weekend, our promotoras (community health workers) from Patacancha made a presentation to weavers in the nearby town of Rumira. The weavers are part of a cooperative run by Threads of Peru. Promotora Victoria shared her knowledge of back pain treatment and prevention, and promotor Gabriel demonstrated tooth brushing and hand washing skills and explained…

Maternal health training in Patacancha

June’s community health worker (promotora) training day focused on caring for pregnant women. SVH, community leaders, and the Ministry of Health have all identified maternal and newborn care as a high priority, and SVH staff developed curriculum and created visual materials that address this need. Since we launched the promotora program over a year ago,…

Community engagement in Patacancha and Huilloc

Saturday May 4th was a busy day for general assemblies in the communities that Sacred Valley Health serves. Stewart and I (Harriet) began our morning around 8:30 outside the Patacancha Salón Communal, prepping community health worker (promotora) Victoria for her presentation. We had only an hour to complete this presentation with Victoria and make it…

Working Together with Nurses and Teachers in Patacancha

As Rose mentioned in an earlier blog post, one of our new volunteers, Gil Bell, is going to be moving around between the communities we serve and living in some for weeks at a time. I, Stewart Decker, also a new volunteer, and several others plan to spend a few days at a time with…

Mapping Patacancha

After a successful start in Piscacucho last week, the team from Broad Street Maps set off bright and early to take GPS coordinates and record demographic data from households in Patacancha. They were accompanied by several SVH community health workers (promotores de salud) as well as our driver Ruben, our nurse Leticia, and Sonja, a nurse…