About Sacred Valley Health
Improving Health through Education, Access, and Empowerment
Sacred Valley Health was formed in early 2012 to improve health care access and equity in Peru’s Sacred Valley. With a dedicated staff and team of volunteers, we are recruiting and training community health workers (promotoras de salud) in the Ollantaytambo District to launch a frontline health worker program. We’re happy you’re here to see and learn more about what we do.
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.