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Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC)
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

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Train doctors and nurses in cervical cancer prevention techniques.

Women's Community Clinic
October 5, 2008

I have been a volunteer physician at the clinic for 5 years. Working with a dedicated group of staff and the huge number of volunteers brings joy and meaning to my life. The gratitude of women who could not otherwise afford health care is priceless. Our care is the highest quality and delivered with compassion and love.

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

Prevention of cervical cancer through preventive health screenings, treatment of ambulatory illness and referral to city health resources when indicated. The gratitude of our clients as well as the health outcomes are the results we achieve.

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

hire the exceptional staff that has managed the clinic, train the volunteers as well as they are trained and do as good a job as the current team

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

What fabulous women I meet here, all of them, clients, volunteers, staff, donors. This place rocks.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

See my other answers. This is an incredible group of women.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand service to serve more people in need.

Ways to make it better...

We need a bigger and nicer physical space in which to give care.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Space issues which will be addressed by our move to new facilities in 2009; continuing to find enough funding to expand our service. The downturn in the economy will not only make fundraising more difficult, it will mean there are more uninsured women who will need our services.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I've said it all. This is a remarkably wonderful non profit. It is sort of a dream come true.

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

retired, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I am a volunteer clinician and work with fund raising.