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…

5 Facts About Sacred Valley Health

Sacred Valley Health has two official names In the United States, our organization is a nonprofit known as “Sacred Valley Health”. In Ollantaytambo, Peru, we go by the name “Ayni Wasi.” This is a Quechua phrase that translates to “House of Reciprocity.” Sacred Valley Health becomes more sustainable as it grows In the Sacred Valley…

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…

Overcoming doubts about vaccinations

A few days ago, I was speaking to a young mother at the restaurant she owns in Ollantaytambo. Her new baby is four months old and had just received her second Rotavirus vaccination. The mother told me that the baby was irritable after receiving the immunization, which was out of character for her. “Maybe it’s…

June, beginning the summer with love

In the rural areas surrounding Cusco, approximately 50% of children under 5 suffer from anemia.[1] This month on GlobalGiving, we’re fundraising for our Promotora Program, which trains promotoras to address the underlying issues that cause anemia and other health conditions in 13 often-neglected villages near the tourist hotspots of the Peruvian Andes. If you’ve been…