Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC)

Rating: 5 stars   37 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer, Reproductive Rights

Location: PO Box 13081 Oakland CA 94661 USA

Mission: PINCC takes volunteer medical teams to train doctors and nurses in underserved countries, for the prevention of cervical cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women in the 3rd world. We then donate the equipment to make the site sustainable.
Results: PINCC has trained and certified 18 centers in 8 countries and we are working towards certifying 12 more centers in 2011. Over the past six years PINCCs volunteer doctors have screened over 10,000 women during our training campaigns, and trained over 300 doctors and nurses. Each of the sites certified by PINCC can screen and serve between 1,000 – 3,000 women yearly.
Target demographics: The women that reside in these countries live in poor, rural, and/or remote communities. The majority of families try to eak out a living on a meager $3 a day or less, and cannot afford the luxury or expense a trip to a private doctor’s office would bring.
Geographic areas served: Central America, Africa, India
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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1 person found this review helpful

We have been donors to PINCC from early on and have been impressed and gratified by their work. The organization is lean and effective, focusing on doing one thing well. We appreciate the international focus, the strong volunteer involvement and the smart use of donor dollars.
Kate OHanlan, MD & Léonie Walker

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I have worked with PINCC in Peru, Kenya and India. As an Ob Gyn physician I can wholeheartedly support their mission and process. They operate on a shoestring budget and do important work that no other organization is doing. Cervical cancer is huge problem for poor women around the world- but neglected by many governments and health care organizations. PINCC knows the value of saving women's lives.

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I had a great experience with PINCC- I have done a lot of international work and I was really impressed by PINCC's approach and model- really felt like we were leaving tools and skills that healthcare professionals would be able to use after we left.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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2013

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I have been on two missions, both lasting two weeks: the first to El Salvador and Nicaragua in 2012 and the second to two places in Nicaragua in 2013. I volunteered as a translator, working with PINCC doctors and nurses to train the local medical staff. We worked hard, under demanding conditions, and the rewards were enormous: we were able to train the local doctors and nurses to be able to detect low- and high-grade cervical lesions that could lead to cervical cancer, a leading cause of death among women in Latin America.

PINCC volunteers are dedicated, knowledgeable professionals who give up their time and pay their own way to make an enormous contribution to the people in the developing countries (Latin America, Asia, and Africa). The very small PINCC staff organizes and runs a very tight ship and maximizes all resources. It is an incredibly fine organization that I am proud to be able to be part of.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more ways to enhance funding!

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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2013

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PINCC is the most rewarding volunteer work I have done. It teaches other health professionals to continue the work of checking for Cervical Cancer in third world countries. We have taught Midwives and Physicians who continue to teach others. And continue to see patients themselves.
When you leave it feels as if you have done some good.
Plus I always feel as if I have received much more than I have given. PINCC is a great organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more help for the overworked organizers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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I have been volunteering for almost 5 years with PINCC as a Nurse Practitioner, and I love it. We work very hard when we are there to train the local nurses and physicians, so that when we are not there they can go on saving women's lives. Cervical cancer is so rare in the U.S. that we forget how many lives are lost every year in the developing world because of it. We know how to prevent this cancer; it is easy and inexpensive to do. PiNCC makes the most of every dollar donated and has a huge impact in women's lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a long-term source of donations to increase the range of PINCC's work

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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I am a member of this board because I am so impressed by how many women's lives are saved with so little money. Medical and non-medical volunteers pay their own way to travel to parts of Central America, Africa and India to screen and treat women for cervical cancer who live in areas with little access to healthcare.

PINCC is always invited to the places they visit and they also train local health workers in the low cost screening method used. This organization's overhead is extremely low and I like knowing that most of the donations and money raised is going to the women who need it most.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help it reach even more women.

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Life-changing

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I was part of a PINCC trip to Nicaragua in June of 2013. The trip by far exceeded my expectations. Everything was so organized and handled with great care. We worked hard, but got time to relax and experience the city. I felt like our efforts were making real tangible lasting changes in the environment where we worked and we all left feeling like we had really made a difference. The best part about PINCC is that the work is really self sustainable. You leave feeling like you have left the local people with really valuable skills that they can continue to use as well as teach to their peers.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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As a nurse practitioner, I have made 4 trips in the past 5 years as a PINCC volunteer. Since my first trip, I have been impressed with PINCC's method of sharing valuable cervical cancer detection & prevention education in locations where screening is neglected or difficult to obtain.

Opportunities to help improve health conditions internationally abound, but PINCC stands out. Why? Because PINCC does not swoop in periodically for a week to provide valuable services that are gone when they leave. PINCC makes 3 or 4 training visits to each site at approximately 6 month intervals until trainees are sufficiently experienced to safely carry on the work alone without supervision and educational support from PINCC. Doctors and nurses are trained in their usual health care clinic setting, with resources available locally, to carry out a sustainable effective cervical cancer screening & early treatment program. They, in turn, serve as a continued resource to their community to train others to carry on the work.

Cervical cancer takes years to develop after the woman is initially infected with the HPV virus. If regular screening methods are put in place, no woman needs to die from cervical cancer. It is preventable. PINCC leaves a sustainable legacy of lasting impact with new skills to carry on and teach to others after their PINCC training is completed and the "foreigners" have gone home.

P.S. PINCC makes volunteering your time and money feel worthwhile and rewarding personally. They take good care of their volunteers and smooth the way for enjoyable team work experiences. You never have to wonder if your personal needs will be met adequately by the housing, food and transportation plans they make for the team members.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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I volunteered with PINCC on there most recent trip to Kenya. It was such a life altering experience. I am a Registered Nurse who has seen and heard quite a bit. This experience brought me to tears a couple of times (in a good way). The women were so greatful and the country was so beautiful. While there we educated hundreds of women and saved the lives of dozens who otherwise would have suffered.
I love the fact that PINCC is culturally senstive and does not judge. They take excellent care of their volunteers and really gives you a chance to understand what the world is really about; helping others. Many have asked if I would go back to help again and without a second thought I always say "Heck Yeah!!"

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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