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October 4, 2013

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October 4, 2013

I have worked for PINCC since 2011 as the Administrator, and before I went on my first PINCC trip to Kenya, I understood the needlessness of women dying from cervical cancer and all the statistics behind it. Yet, actually being in the country and meeting the women effected by cervical cancer helped me to learned so much more, not only about the program but about myself.

I meet two shopkeeper sisters that came to the clinic for screening because there older sister is dying of cervical cancer. They told me that her care is very expensive for the whole family, and she is constantly in pain. Although they were afraid they too might be diagnosed with cervical cancer, they were brave, got screened, and received a clean bill of health. When I saw them again they were so happy and relieved.

The importance of ones healthcare was common with many women. They came from all over and great distances because their health is a priority.

PINCC works with volunteer health care works in the community that travel from town to town, village to village educating women and their families about cervical cancer and the importance of screening and prevention. Most of the women never heard of cervical cancer but when you describe the symptoms they all know someone who has died or currently suffering from this terrible cancer.

Getting to meet the women in one-on-one situations allowed me the opportunity to intimately learn about another culture, their aspirations, and appreciate the connection we all have as human beings. This was a rare opportunity for me, but a common one for people who volunteers for PINCC. Which I think is the reason so many volunteer over and over again.

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

It would be great if PINCC had more funds to expand their services.

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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

October 4, 2013

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October 4, 2013

I have volunteered twice with PINCC in Kenya in 2013 and find them to be the best volunteer organization I have worked with. Teaching health care providers in Kenya and watching them learn and improve their skills so they can then carry on and once certified teach others is amazing. It is a self sustaining program, giving people the tools they need and then they carry on saving the lives of women on their own. I can't say enough about PINCC. I plan on continuing my volunteer work with them for as long as I am able.

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

none

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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

April 6, 2012

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April 6, 2012

PINCC is one of the international women health care institute working for the health of the women. They are giving a great contribution in improvement in the health of the women. No Cervical Cancer is their aim and they doing a all hard work to fight with this diseases which are very much dangerous. Cervical Cancer is normally found in women.
http://www.womenhealthcenter.net/articles/health-issues/cervical-cancer

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

Will you tell others about this organization?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 10, 2011

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March 10, 2011

I was a PINCC RN volunteer in El Salvador and Nicaragua in both 2009 and 2010. PINCC is a most effective international grass roots women's health initiative. This organization trains local medical professionals in India, Africa, Peru, and Central America in the utilization of WHO approved acetic acid (white vinegar) to screen for pre cancerous cervical lesions. Often in developing countries with minimal medical infrastructue and a highly rural population, many women can not obtain Pap smears or access treatment in a timely manner. PINCC trains the medical professionals in the screening techniques, as well as in the use of donated equipment to treat identified lesions on the same day as the woman's visit.

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The women are extremely grateful for the service that is so much more readily accessible to a greater number and without having to return for innumerable visits when a lesion is discovered.

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I would continue to develop the visual aids. I would like to see additional reproductive health information printed materials in the women's native language.

March 8, 2011

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March 8, 2011

PINCC is an organization that gives meaning to the phrase "more bang for the buck." Although it runs on a shoestring - using a virtually 100% volunteer workforce (medical and non-medical) - it leverages the power of it's endeavor by creating and supporting self-sustaining operations at target sites. I have participated with PINCC in Central America and in Africa as a physician-trainer, offering local healthcare workers an effective and inexpensive approach to 1) early diagnosis of cervical PRE-cancer and 2) accompanying treatment to prevent progression to cancer. Training efforts are directed at healthcare facilities that provide low cost or free women's services.

These procedures are office-based, inexpensive, and highly effective. PINCC re-visits each site several times to validate the quality of work being done and to certify individual healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse-midwives, medical officers, etc.) in the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures they have been taught. PINCC also donates equipment and supplies where necessary, enabling recipients to maintain a very low cost clinical operation over time. The focus may seem narrow, but cervical cancer is the number one cancer killer of women in the developing world. The significant impact of the efforts of this organization, now in operation for 6 years, is expanding over time.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have observed a number of healthcare workers become proficient in the specific diagnostic and treatment procedures that will save lives on a weekly and even daily basis.

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

PINCC will certainly continue to work on improving the media materials it employs in its teaching, training, and quality assessments.

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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

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It was emotionally fulfilling to work with a number of other volunteers from medical and NON-medical backgrounds.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I felt I expanded my skills and it was deeply gratifying to put them to good use.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

May 30, 2010

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May 30, 2010

I had the good fortune to end up with PINCC when looking for a summer internship for my MPH program. The staff and volunteers have been wonderful in giving me an inside look at how a small non-profit goes about making big differences in the lives of women around the world. PINCC has been an exciting and inspirational place to start putting some of my classroom learning into practice.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the records of the thousands of women who have been saved from cervical cancer by early screening and treatment

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

When I heard about Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC), I knew it was where I was supposed to be giving my time. The focus of the organization is on the grassroots level, on training health care providers in rural areas, on empowering women, and on developing sustainable programs that provide a direct service to the people who need it. I had the privilege to go to Africa with PINCC this past February as a non-medical person. The team was fabulous and we worked together as if we had been doing so for years-even though we were from all different parts of the country/world. We went places that tourists do not go. We met the most amazing courageous women, who against many odds came to be screened, to share their stories and lives with us, and to get help and treatment. To see the face of a woman, filled with relief at receiving treatment, and know that she was not going to die from this disease, is beyond words really. There were many times that I wept with joy as well as with sadness for those we could not help. PINCC is a very small organization that in 5 years is now on 3 continents and in 9 countries working to end death and suffering caused by cervical cancer. Unlike developed countries, cervical cancer is the number 1 cancer killer for women in the developing world. Personally I like the fact that it is a small organization without a large bureaucracy. PINCC like many ngos is struggling in this economy and is also trying to build its infrastructure a bit more, which it needs to do in order to maintain and expand its programs. PINCC relies on volunteers to make up the medical teams; and it relies on the generosity of individual people to open their hearts and wallets to support their important work.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing women with pre-cancerous lesions be treated by nurses and doctors in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania who were being trained by PINCC.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

Dr. Kay Taylor, the charismatic and visionary founder of PINCC, invited me to join the Board early on. Kay and I had been neighbors and friends for many years. I already knew something about PINCC. At her retirement party, celebrating a career devoted to women and medicine as an OB/GYN physician at Kaiser Permanente, Kay had announced an ambitious plan for the next phase of her life -- to found a non-profit organization to train health care personnel around the world to screen at risk and poor women for cervical cancer. I immediately accepted Kay's invitation to become part of this effort to provide such critical services. Over the years with PINCC my devotion to and admiration for Kay's vision has deepened as I saw so many talented physicians and volunteers become devoted to PINCC and the incredible impact a small organization can have on the lives of literally thousands of women worldwide, many of them devalued by societies that fail to provide even basic health care services to women past childbearing years. I will soon be retiring myself after decades of legal practice. I too have a vision, to redouble my involvement in PINCC.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the thousands of women screened for cervical cancer, the hundreds of health care personnel trained to carry on screening at their own and neighboring clinics, and the number of volunteers who contribute their time, effort and money to PINCC.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 29, 2010

I am a nurse practitioner and nurse midwife who has been volunteering in both urban and rural sites in El Salvador and Nicaragua for the past two weeks. It has been an intense and rewarding experience, taining nurses, family doctors, gyn residents and gynecologists to do the "see and treat" method described below to try and make a dent in the terribly high rate of cervical cancer, a completely preventible disease.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Latin America

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

I am a Gynecologist who has been volunteering at Sai Baba's ashram general hospital in south India. I saw many women with invasive, advanced, deadly cervical cancer. In the US this is a rare disease, but in India, there is no screening available for the poor villagers. I was introduced to the work of PINCC and it was the answer to the dilemma of introducing a low cost, low tech process that effectively prevents this disease in a country that sees almost 300,000 women die from cervical cancer each year. I have been on 3 missions to Africa and India. The doctors that we have trained are continuing to screen and treat village women and teaching their other doctors how to do this examination and treatment. The doctors are grateful because they know they will be saving women from horrible deaths in isolation and pain. The village women bestow their sincere gratitude and love and understand that the PINCC teams come to allow women to live healthy and productive lives. I am now on the board, a donor, a fund raiser as well as the medical director for India. Since retiring from my practice, my life revolves around PINCC and I am more fulfilled than I have ever been. This organization is providing a local, sustainable solution to reduce sickness and death from a PREVENTABLE cancer that is the rampant in the developing world. This organization is providing its volunteers with a wealth of happiness and experiences that make our lives better. Consider getting involved as a donor, volunteer, supporter. You will be happy that you did.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We have helped save hundreds of women's lives already. As we train more providers in more sites we will see decreased deaths of women in the areas we serve.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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