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Review for Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC), Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  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.