Sofia’s Story

  Once a month, we will be posting profiles of SVH promotores and docentes to introduce readers to our amazing community health workers. For our first post, we would like to introduce Sofia, who lives in the community of Rumira Sondormayo. Rumira Sondormayo is home to approximately 20 families and is located on the northern…

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…

The Aha Moment

Throughout the year, Sacred Valley Health hosts various volunteer high school and university groups comprised of students interested in global health. We are currently gearing up for a summer full of university volunteers! Groups are incredible assets to SVH, because they generously donate their time, skills and resources as they work alongside us in fulfilling…

Promoting health literacy

“My father died a few months ago of a headache,” reports a middle-aged woman, looking past me. She was responding to a question on our survey, which is designed to provide us with baseline information about our new communities. “He just complained of head pain and then died?” I asked Escolastica, who was translating the…

Cooking Campo

After three hours of hiking with about two kilos of food, Escolastica and I arrived at Valentina’s house in Rayan just after sunset. She had already started preparing soup in expectation of our arrival. Valentina is one of Sacred Valley Health’s promotoras de salud (community health workers), and kindly hosts us when we visit her…