Sacred Valley Health (SVH) is a non-profit organization who's mission is to promote health in the underserved rural communities rural communities or Peru's Sacred Valley. SVH trains community health workers (promotoras de salud) who serve their home villages, providing health education and basic care. They also identify, accompany, and advocate for patients who need to seek more advanced care at a government clinic. Promotoras develop working relationships with personnel at the nearest government clinics in order to increase community members’ access to services.
The remote indigenous communities surrounding Ollantaytambo are medically under-served for a variety of reasons. Rural communities lack access to primary medical care as a result of geographic isolation, poor road conditions, and irregular transportation. Poor socioeconomic conditions, malnutrition, lack of basic services, and poor education further worsen health outcomes. Rates of preventable illnesses are high, screening for common diseases is rare, and many diseases present late to medical attention, resulting in unacceptable rates of morbidity and mortality in these communities.
We have the great honor of partnering with Sacred Valley Health.
Sacred Valley Health/Ayni Wasi Pilcohausi S/N Ollantaytambo, Cusco, Peru
HOW WE HELP
1. Carry out student projects designed alongside SVH directors.
2. Raise funds to sustain or improve existing SVH initiatives.
3. Raise awareness and advocate for our partner community, and for the larger global health effort.