Understanding Health Literacy

How well can you interpret health information? This simple question is central in understanding disparities in health literacy across the world. Health literacy is defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain and understand basic health information and services in order to…

Strong Promotoras, Stronger Communities

A 2012 report from the World Bank noted that, “Female participation within the labor market has increased, particularly in the last ten years. This development has brought about significant social changes in the region and improved economic conditions”.[1] Sacred Valley Health (SVH) has made empowerment, especially for our female promotoras, one of its three main…

A First Look into SVH’s Complementary Feeding Program

Mothers in the communities we serve are some of the strongest women I have met. They wake up as early as 4:00 am to start cooking for the day, attend to their animals, and take care of their children. Often times, they walk for several hours with their baby on their back in a colorful…

Frequently Asked Questions

On a house visit in the rural mountainside community of Rayan, the first thing we notice is the man’s stumble as he walks into his home. Marcelino, a gentleman in his fifties, has a pronounced limp and winces with each step. He reports that he has had pain in his upper left leg for a…

Overcoming doubts about vaccinations

A few days ago, I was speaking to a young mother at the restaurant she owns in Ollantaytambo. Her new baby is four months old and had just received her second Rotavirus vaccination. The mother told me that the baby was irritable after receiving the immunization, which was out of character for her. “Maybe it’s…