Phase 2 of the Promotora Program Kicks Off

Last Thursday, Sacred Valley Health welcomed eight new promotoras (community health workers) from seven new communities for a morning of orientation. These promotoras were elected by their communities in the last couple of months, and they worked with SVH staff to gather demographic and health data in their communities in July and August. Now they…

Snow, Rain, and Acupuncture

After Healer2Healer‘s successful multi-day clinic at our Ollantaytambo office, the time had come to journey to Patacancha.  We had invited all of our promotoras (community health workers) to an event at which the Healer2Healer practitioners would demonstrate and teach each of their three modalities (massage, acupuncture, and reiki) and the promorotas would in turn demonstrate…

Household Surveying and Mapping in Palomare and Olmiron!

Last weekend, SVH continued to map and collect data in the communities of Palomare and Olmiron. As Community Coordinator Lucy explained in last week’s post, the household surveys enable us to identify the needs of the communities we serve and to meet those needs by training our promotoras (community health workers) in relevant skills. We…

A successful start to surveying the new communities

On Thursday, Sacred Valley Health began an exciting chapter in its expansion. As we move into new areas, we want to ensure that our services and the knowledge base of the promotoras (community health workers) are meeting the specific needs of the communities we serve. To that end, we are carrying out community needs assessment…

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,…