Giving Back To SVH

Sacred Valley Health, which operates under the name “Ayni Wasi” in Peru, has friends in all places, and we love hearing stories of giving back. One of our past student volunteers, Tony Vasile, recently organized a donation drive in his hometown. The drive helped bring in many first-aid kit materials, such as Neosporin, gauze, medical tape, and…

SVH community health workers treat visiting doctor

Last Thursday, community coordinators Lydia and myself (Sarah) spent the night with promotora Valentina so that we could support her in an early morning presentation in Rayan.  After a delicious porridge breakfast with dried corn from Valentina’s garden, we headed down the mountainside to the community’s meeting space.  She chose to teach her community how…

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…

New promotoras, new interns, new maps

Last Monday, Sacred Valley Health staff traveled to Soccma, a one hour drive from Ollantaytambo, where we welcomed two more locally-elected promotoras (community health workers) into our program. Roxana, from Soccma, and Bertha, from Rafka, join eight other new promotoras who started training last month. Including the promotoras who started with us over a year…

First Aid Fridays

Last Friday morning was the second training with our new group of promotoras (community health workers).  Due to differences in transportation availability, altitude, and occupations of the inhabitants, each community faces unique health challenges.  However, they also have many commonalities and it has been a joy to witness our promotoras sharing their experiences and knowledge…