Transportation challenges

The driver of our 16-passenger van jumped out to slide large rocks under our back tires which were skidding in the mud, and I finally understood the severity of the road situation here in Peru. We were returning from a large promotora training and during the later hours it had started raining fiercely. The unpaved…

Early Mornings in the Andes

I am a morning person and always have been.  Getting out for an early run or roller-ski, indulging in one (and sometimes two) cups of Starbucks Dark Roast coffee, and sitting on my front porch eating yogurt and fruit was my typical (summer) regiment in the states. In Ollanta however, the first few hours of…

Over the Mountain

We are currently hard at work to complete the “community needs assessment” in all 7 pilot communities where Sacred Valley Health is launching a community health worker program.  This entails traveling to 7 unique (and quite rural) communities of predominantly Quechua-speaking people to obtain basic demographics and resident opinions on the general health of the…

A Road (Much) Less Traveled

Sacred Valley Health’s most recent mobile clinic provided care in the rural, high mountain community of Patacancha, nestled between snowcapped peaks and glaciers at over 12,000 feet above sea level.  The day-long mobile clinic began early on a Wednesday morning, as four Sacred Valley Health volunteers, our nurse (+baby), medical student and doctor gathered at…