Went on humanitarian mission to East Africa. It turned my head around. East Africa is a different world from the one I know. We worked in hospitals in Uganda and Kenya. They in no wise resemble hospitals with which I am familiar. As the data input guy I was not directly involved in serving patients or instructing resident staff. I came away with a changed world view. I thank PINCC for this. PINCC is about changing the world by saving lives. PINCC also forever changes those who participate in its mission.
Our volunteer medical team was so exceptional that even though one of the local Nicaraguan doctors we were training had recently had a mastectomy, lost her hair & was receiving chemo with the well known side effects, she was there every morning ready to learn & serve. See her pictured below (w scarf) with some of the local & US docs. I most appreciated that not only were we able to treat but teach so the local docs could teach & treat as well. It is an outstanding, sustainable nonprofit I continue to support with my skills as well as my dollars.
I was privileged to be a member of the PINCC team to Nicaragua. Our medical team trained in country doctors and nurses to save women's lives. This knowledge is passed on to others and the education the women received will be passed onto their daughters. PINCC changes lives wherever they go. Women in Latin America, South America, Africa and India have a future.
I am pleased to say PINCC has placed Gimbi , Ethiopia on the list of sites to train medical staff. Having spent the past 4 + years training midwife students in Gimbi, I know how important this service will be for the women living in the area. The first training session went well, and now we look forward to PINCCs returning for the next training, later this year. In Gimbi, This will mean that thousands of women, who have never before had the opportunity to get cervical cancer screening, will now be able to. This is huge! And we thank PINCC for reaching out to the Western Highlands of Ethiopia.
Mary R Clark MSN FNP/CNM
Gimbi Adventist Health Science College Volunteer
I have volunteered for PINCC 6 times in Latin America for 1, 2 or 3 weeks of work teaching local health care providers how to identify and treat cervical lesions before they become cancer. PINCC is a truely sustainable NGO because native health care providers learn a skill they can apply long after PINCC volunteers are gone and, with practice, they can also teach their co-workers the same skills so there is a ripple effect. PINCC has grown and fostered positive relationships with providers and with Ministeries of Health in each country served. PINCC also is very careful to meet the needs of all the volunteers and to be sure they are never in harms way. I felt very comfortable being part of the PINCC group both in urban settings and in very remote, rural areas. Working with PINCC has been the most rewarding part of my career as a Nurse Midwife and a Women's Health Care Practitioner.
Lyell Fox, CNM, ARNP
This last summer, I traveled to Nicaragua with PINCC and saw the lives of so many women being protected by these simple tests/scans. I am currently a junior in high school and a prospective med student, so this experience was incredible for me. I feel that because of volunteers like myself, we are able to help people who do not have all that we do. This organization is changing the lives of so many women and they deserve to be known all across this country so that more people can join in the cause.
I volunteer for PINCC. I donate to PINCC. I tell everyone I know to donate to PINCC. I tell international contacts to look into starting a relationship with PINCC. As a volunteer I can tell you first had that they are the most responsible, financially responsible (agonizing over whether to buy a new roll of duct tape etc....), sustainable organization I have ever worked for. They teach the teachers and thus plant the seed for even greater change when they finish each project. They are saving women from cancer and their children from orphan-hood. I can't think of a single thing I would change with this organization except for to wish they had more resources to do more of the same work.
I came to know this organization early this year and love the work that they do. The impact that this organization has on women in under served countries is commendable. They are changing lives, one cervical screening at a time.
I am a family physician who has traveled now with PINCC twice on cervical cancer prevention campaigns in Africa. The trips were fantastic!
Firstly, I love their model-- it is a really rare thing to be able to take medical personnel on a trip that lasts weeks but is actually sustainable and beneficial to the local healthcare system. Rather than providing direct care, PINCC trains local workers, mostly women, and helps empower them to improve the health of their community.
Secondly-- what fantastic company! The trip leadership is without fail delightful, interesting, and a joy to work with.
Last but not least, your money is well spent. PINCC makes every penny count, but still leaves you with a comfortable experience.
If you have a chance, donate to or travel with PINCC!
I am proud to have been a volunteer with PINCC in Kenya over the past 3 years. Each trip has been extremely well organized and committed to its mission of training local health care workers to perform cervical cancer screening and treatment of precancerous lesions. The Kenyan government has made cervical cancer screening programs a priority as currently only 4% of Kenyan women have been screened. On our last trip we screened over 200 women at each site and trained approximately 10 local nurses and clinical officers to continue screening at their local health centers using materials and equipment that are available locally. Train the trainer strategies allows the program to expand into surrounding areas. This is a sustainable project that has the potential to truly make a difference.