Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC)
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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
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.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
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.
Volunteer & I taught the women in Spanish about the new cervical screening technique, took patient histories, accompanied women into exam rooms, translated for MD's as necessary and facilitated patient follow up as indicated.