A Great Turn Out for SVH’s Reproductive Health Training!

On Monday, ten SVH promotoras (community health workers) and six additional women from our partner communities participated in a course on the human reproductive system. The training was designed by SVH volunteer Erica Gadzik, who is a second year medical student at the University of Washington. She taught alongside SVH nurse Leticia Huanca, who is…

A two day health campaign in Phiry

A few weeks ago we were visited by Cerafin, the director of the elementary school in Phiry. He had caught wind of our health campaigns in other schools and asked us to extend our resources and knowledge to his students. Although we do not yet have a promotora program in his community, we were excited…

General assemblies in our new communities

One of the most important traditions in the communities we serve is the general assembly. Most communities have one every month and each family is required to send a representative or else pay a fine. At these assemblies, the community as a whole discusses important issues like irrigation planning and greenhouses. These meetings represent something…

Maternal health training in Patacancha

June’s community health worker (promotora) training day focused on caring for pregnant women. SVH, community leaders, and the Ministry of Health have all identified maternal and newborn care as a high priority, and SVH staff developed curriculum and created visual materials that address this need. Since we launched the promotora program over a year ago,…

Introducing SVH’s new volunteers!

As fall turns into winter in Peru’s Sacred Valley, the team in the Ayni Wasi office (Peru’s SVH base) is also changing. We are excited to have such dynamic and enthusiastic people working with us and would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to them, and to describe what they will be doing…