Remote GPS Points

After a week living and working with the Patacancha nurses (see post) I returned to Ollantaytambo for a few days before embarking on my time in Kelccanka. I went out to Kelccanka with others SVH volunteers and the team from Broadstreet Maps. We divided into three groups and collected most of the Kelccanka points for the…

A Journey to “Middle Earth”… in Peru

This past weekend the Sacred Valley Health crew made their way through Peru’s version of every province of Middle Earth (of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy). We woke up at an obscene hour of the day to drive nearly an hour to the trail head in a rural town called Taucca. Naturally, we…

Practicing with Promotoras…and a Puppy?!?

Early yesterday morning, Leticia and I crammed into a cab that had nine passengers, even though it was made to comfortably fit five (just another normal transportation adventure in Ollanta). We arrived in the community of Patacancha where we were going to administer post-tests and reviews for the promotoras. We hiked up to Victoria’s house…

Final Data Collection for our Pilot “Poster Project”

On Wednesday SVH piled into a car bright and early to complete Phase I of our pilot study in Yanamayo. We split into two groups to divide and conquer the task of visiting every house to collect their afiches, posters that the families used to self -report incidences of diarrhea and cough for the past…

Meet Sacred Valley Health’s New Community Coordinators!

Sacred Valley Health recently welcomed a group of new long-term community coordinators. They will spend the next six months serving as liaisons to our promotoras in our pilot communities in the Ollantaytambo District. Living with local Ollanta host families, using Spanish daily, and trekking to our high-altitude communities for data collecting, these four ladies have…