Health Chats and Potatoes in Chupani

      Lesson prep: Flora packs her community health worker essentials before house visits One early morning in the community of Chupani, promotora Flora prepares herself for the day. First, she feeds her two young children a warm breakfast of soup and potatoes. She then packs her community health worker essentials: a binder filled…

Reproductive health education for men in rural Peru, continued

A week or so back, I interviewed Joe Steffens, a medical student from the University of Washington, who was interning with SVH/Ayni Wasi through the Global Health Immersion Program (GHIP). Joe (sadly) returned to the States last Thursday, but he left behind the blueprints for a comprehensive sexual education plan, targeted at men in the…

Stewart bids farewell and the promotoras learn about nutrition

On Thursday, the Sacred Valley Health staff climbed into our driver Ruben’s van (called a combi here) and made the gorgeous trek up to the community of Patacancha, where we held a day of promotora training on the topic of nutrition. We took a winding route to Patacancha, since we needed to pick up several…

New Beginnings

Last Friday, SVH/Ayni Wasi staff jumped into two combis to go to the Chillca Posta for the first official training of our second group of promotoras (community health workers). Prior to heading to posta, one group went to pick up promotoras from the higher altitude communities of Rayan, Soccma, Marcuray, and Rumira. Another group went…

Over the river and through the mountains

One of the coolest things that we get to do is a baseline survey and mapping project.  This project is one of my favorites for a number of reasons: 1)     We get to meet a member of just about every household in our community.  We go to every house, mark a GPS point, and interview…