Sponsor A Promotora

Partners in Health's founder Dr. Paul Farmer was asked the question: "Which single intervention would do the most to improve the health of those living on less than $1 per day?" He answered with an unwavering directive: "Hire community health workers to serve them." Indeed, the World Health Organization estimates a shortage of 1 million community health workers in the, precisely in regions like the Ollantaytambo District.

After providing healthcare services in the rural communities surrounding Ollantaytambo for over a year, we have come to realize the importance of training community health workers (CHW) as a means to improve the health in this area. Sacred Valley Health staff has conducted significant research of the evidence and methods of successful community health worker programs to fully understand how best to implement, measure, and sustain our own CHW program.

Our CHW's are called promotoras de salud or promotoras, and are community-elected representatives trained and supported by Sacred Valley Health to provide basic health services to their community, recognize and refer urgent or emergent health problems to the local government clinic, and represent the health needs of their community to the local government with our assistance. We are training our promotoras in close partnership with the local Ministry of Health, and supporting them with incentives for their time, medical equipment and medications, and routine follow-up visits in their communities.

How You Can Help

We anticipate having 25-30 promotoras in-training by June 2013, half of them nearing completion of the one-year curriculum by this time. Your donation will help sustain our program by sponsoring all or part of a promotora's training. We aim for full and complete transparency in our work, so please do not hesitate to contact us for specific details regarding budgeting and costs.

  • $25 = Funds the transportation of a promotora directly from his or her community to attend the two-day monthly training session and funds all of a promotora's meals for the duration of the training.
  • $55 = Funds all of a promotora's food, transportation, and lodging, and provides a promotora with a stipend given in the form of food or goods to incentivize each promotora to attend the two-day monthly training session.
  • $150 = Funds all the baseline medical equipment (such as an electronic automatic blood pressure cuff, digital thermometer, backpack, scale, etc.) that one promotora needs to triage sick patients, and also provides funding for a year of emergency transport, which is available to the promotora for use on a case-by-case basis to get sick patients to medical attention who can't otherwise afford transport.
  • $275 = Funds all the costs to educate, follow-up, and support one promotora over one month. This includes all the above (training, stipend for time, transport, food) plus follow-up training visits, community visits to monitor retention of material and reinforce weaknesses and to track patient volumes and cases, curriculum and educational equipment costs, a percentage of our Peruvian nurse's time, and finally, a percentage of program-related administrative costs.
  • $3,300 = Funds all the costs to train one promotora for one year, including all training, transportation, supplies, personnel, administrative, and monitoring and evaluation costs. At this level we pledge to provide you with a promotora's bio, photo, address, and routine updates on how your promotora is serving his or her community.
  • $65,000 = Funds the entire promotora training program (with an average of 20 promotoras per month) for one year. Please inquire for program and budget specifics if you are interested at this level.