Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC)
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.
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.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I was part of a volunteer medical team that went with PINCC yo train healht care providers in rural areas in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in Feb 2010.