Day 3: SVH’s Medical Campaign Takes to the Road

Cramming into two combis last Friday, SVH staff, the visiting medical students from Wayne State University, and the Ollantaytambo Municipality’s mobile health clinic combined forces to deliver a free clinic at the posta (clinic) in rural Piscacucho. We spent the morning busily seeing patients of all ages and ailments, with grateful ‘mamis’ bringing freshly cooked maize as…

The Back Road to Yanamayo

As part of the flood relief effort, Viviana, one of our promotoras and the president of the village of Yanamayo, has been actively collecting basic food supplies for her community over the last week, using our Ollantaytambo office as a base of operations. We offered to help deliver the large bags of rice, sugar, and oats…

Flooding and Flexibility in the Sacred Valley

Following the February 9 flash floods, this past week’s proposed trainings were put on hold as Sacred Valley Health staff and volunteers set out to seek where we could be of best use. Unable to reach many of the communities we work with, we concentrated on helping those we could. On Wednesday we took basic…

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

The last few days have been chaotic in Ollantaytambo. Late last Saturday night, I returned to my house tired after a long day. It was pitch black in town and lightly raining (not surprising, given that we are in the middle of the rainy season). I live fairly close to the main plaza on the…