General Assemblies and Health Campaigns with University of Rochester

Last week, Sacred Valley Health hosted three amazing nursing students from the University of Rochester. Although they were only with us for five days, the U of R nurses attended three general assemblies and participated in two health campaigns. They dove in head first by visiting a general assembly on Monday and followed it with…

Teaching reproductive health and nutrition at the Huilloc Colegio

Prepared and excited following last week’s planning (see previous blog post), Sacred Valley Health and 24 nursing students from SUNY Brockport brought health campaigns to school children in remote communities this week. We started the week with a morning in Huilloc’s colegio (high school). Pupils from other high altitude villages as far away as Kelccanka…

Capacitaciones de Mayo

In the week preceding our May capacitaciones (training sessions), the town of Ollantaytambo bustled in its preparations for the biggest festival of the year, Choquekillka. The Sacred Valley Health office, too, was bustling, but with a different type of energy. After a successful trip to Cusco on Monday, where we purchased the promotoras’ (community health workers) monthly…

Community engagement in Patacancha and Huilloc

Saturday May 4th was a busy day for general assemblies in the communities that Sacred Valley Health serves. Stewart and I (Harriet) began our morning around 8:30 outside the Patacancha Salón Communal, prepping community health worker (promotora) Victoria for her presentation. We had only an hour to complete this presentation with Victoria and make it…

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…