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
After recently losing someone I know living in a developing country to cervical cancer, when I saw PINCC in the list of companies for a board match I am invited to, I could not wait to meet them. When I met them and learned about how much they have helped women internationally by setting up sustainable clinics in developing countries, I cannot stop talking about them. So impressed that I joined them as a volunteer and a board member. Looking forward to contributing in anyway I can to PINCC doing even greater things in the future.
Love PINCC! I recently joined as a board member, and now as a donor and volunteer. They do amazing work and I am especially fond of how they train clinics to become self-sufficient. They don't just help and leave. I hope to continue to grow my involvement in the organization. Their work is very important.
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 have been involved with PINCC since 2008, when our Soroptimist Club honored PINCC's founder, Dr. Kay Taylor, a Woman of Distinction for founding PINCC. In 2011, I went on my first trip with PINCC. I have now been to Kenya, Uganda and Nicaragua with PINCC, all experiences being real eye-openers for me. The women I met in these developing nations were incredible, yet were dying from this horrible disease needlessly at the rate of over 300 a day. PINCC can help wipe out cervical cancer world wide and I'm proud to have been a part of this effort. In 2012, due to my first trip experience, I joined the board of PINCC and have served on the board since that time. PINCC is an amazing organization doing amazing work!
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.
PINCC is an amazing organization that does excellent work. I have had the opportunity to volunteer with PINCC as a physician and it was an amazing experience. They do important, sustainable work for women who have little access to healthcare. I would work with them again in a heartbeat.
I volunteered with PINCC this past March and my life has been forever changed. Actually getting to see women's lives changing and watching nurses and doctors learn how to screen women for cervical cancer was so enlightening. Knowing that I had even just a small role in helping the cause is very impactful to me. I am so thankful for the opportunity and I would love to see PINCC grow even further to help more women globally!
I got to know about this organization through Kay Taylor with whom I paint on Wednesdays. Our visit to Muhuroni, Kenya was an extraordinary experience. The women we served were amazing people. I fell in love with more people than I can remember. It was fun being in that environment which wasn't much different from my own rural hometown. I'm hoping to be able to do at least one trip to that region every year. It was very rewarding. It would be great if that program could be expanded.
I have had the opportunity to volunteer twice with PINCC, first in Kenya and then in Nicaragua. In both countries, we were in remote area where women came from miles away on boats, horses and foot. Using the simple and inexpensive vinegar for diagnosis and onsite treatment, so many women were treated. And the training of local medical staff meant the treatment would go on into the future for generations. 300,000 women die each year in developing countries from a completely preventable disease. Each death affects families and communities in profound and lasting ways. PINNC has created a a response to this tragedy which is inexpensive, empowering to local medical staff and could end cervical cancer forever.
I was fortunate to be a volunteer with PINCC in Nicaragua. It was a moving experience. I was with about a dozen intelligent, humble, wonderful people. We were able to screen, treat, and inform so many women each day while also training health care workers in the region to continue to carry on this vitally important work. I also learned a great deal about my role as a nurse and how I can make a difference by being a part of a well organized and focused effort. It was a gift. I look forward to further opportunities to support PINCC and the amazing work they so effectively implement where it is so needed.
I came to know about PINCC a few years ago as a donor. I was really impressed with their work in countries where cervical cancer is still a major problem. They have done several awareness and screening programs at the grassroots level and trained many local healthworkers. They are doing a great job and I wish them all the best in their future efforts.
I came to know about PINCC through my sister who volunteers with the organization. When I learned about their valiant, unrelenting and highly successful efforts at protecting and healing women and thereby families in various developing nations around the world, I was deeply moved by their work. I was so impressed with their role in controlling and preventing cervical cancer, one of the most preventable, yet deadly diseases afflicting women that I decided to host them at our elementary school for a service project.
At this event , our parent community will recognize and acknowledge the critical role that PINCC plays in saving mothers and thereby entire families in poverty stricken regions of Asia, Africa and Latin America. As a mother myself, I salute PINCC and wish them all the very best in their journey towards achieving a healthier future for women and families around the world.
PINCC (or PCC) is a great organization. Having volunteered with them a number of times, I have seen firsthand how much can be done for the women of the world by a small number of dedicated people.
I can recommend this charity without reservation!
I have been a volunteer with PINCC since 2011, helping develop their community outreach and education program. When I first met them and learned about the work they do to help women all over the world I was amazed. Their model of not only screening and treating the local women at these sites, but also training the medical staff, making them self sufficient by donating necessary equipment such as microscopes etc, educating local women and the community health workers about cervical prevention and treatment, and then revisiting all the sites periodically to ensure that quality of work is maintained is an ideal and self sustaining one. Their work has always been appreciated by the communities of these sites and has now also started gaining recognition by the governments who want to collaborate with PINCC to develop national Cervical Cancer screening programs. Being from India myself I am aware of how common cervical cancer is in the developing nations. I feel both honored and humbled to be associated with PINCC and am fortunate to have this opportunity to make a small contribution to the improvement of health of women all over the world.
There are so many good causes to give one's time and money to; but so few good solutions. Preventing Cervical Cancer has the solution to preventing Cervical Cancer. Instead of going to a country doing some good work and not leaving anything behind, PCC goes where invited, trains staff & provides the necessary medical equipment so that screening and treatment can carry on without PCC. Over 30 clinics and hospitals in the Global South have graduated and are carrying on so that now many thousands of poor women are protected from this terrible disease. Mostly volunteers go to Africa, Latin America and India. Ethiopia and Bangladesh are eager for us to come and we will as soon as we can raise the money. It is such a joy to tell a woman that the displasia was removed and the threat of cancer is gone.
I went on a volunteer trip with PINCC to Nicaragua and found it to be an amazing experience. I think PINCC offers an invaluable service to women in developing countries. I am eager to do another trip with the organization.
I believe PINCC to be a model for a medical non-profit: it offers a focused, life-saving service that can be easily taught, with minimal resources, with enormous potential benefit to the health of women around the world. I have volunteered with other medical teams in underserved areas where we deliver healthcare directly to patients, but after we leave I've always felt uneasy about how these patients might fare, left with overstrained and under equipped personnel and resources. But with PINCC, we are enabling the practitioners themselves to continue to deliver life-saving care, to far more patients than we could ever see, by teaching them this simply method of screening and treating pre-cancerous cervix lesions and thereby preventing premature death.
I have decided after my experience with PINCC that the only kind of medical volunteer trip I want to do in the future will be one which leaves behind a legacy like theirs!
300,000 women die each year of cervical cancer in developing countries, a disease that has been almost eliminated in the United States. Using vinegar and headlamps and dustbusters bought on the local market, PINCC is training local medical staff to stop cervical cancer. Volunteers pay their own way and administrative costs are kept to a minimum so that the vast majority of all funding goes for direct on the ground services. I know. I spent two weeks in western Kenya in 2014 and I got to watch PINCC in action. What makes PINCC unique is not that they are saving women's lives on three continents, but that they are training local staff to create and fund their own low cost clinics and then going one step further to train the trainees to become trainers themselves. As a volunteer, I learned how to make swabs (because there are none), clean speculums, did data entry, set up clinic rooms (without electricity) and assisted in procedures. The local trainees worked all night and then came to classes twice a day and learned, hands on, how to diagnose and treat the lesions which lead to cervical cancer. Women walked for miles and waited for hours to be seen. And the trainees knew that whatever they could learn would save the women of their communities, their families, themselves.
There are other clinics in other countries on a long waiting list to invite PINCC to come to them to train. The only limitation is financial. Every dollar is stretched to its outer limit because every dollar means another woman saved, another grandmother survives to care for the next generation, another trainee becomes a trainer to pass along the education to stop cervical cancer everywhere, forever.
PINCC is the premier global NGO in screening for and preventing cervical cancer in the world. Our work in India demonstrated that this wholly preventable, but very deadly, cancer can indeed be prevented inexpensively!
Working with PINCC, first in Africa, and now twice a year in India is the most amazing and fulfilling work I have ever done! So many women in the slum & village areas of developing countries develop cervical cancer, which is totally preventable and is seldom seen in developed areas where Pap smears are used. The single visit "see & treat" screening process is safe, easy to teach to local doctors, and very effective at preventing the onset of cervical cancer. Perhaps the most wonderful aspect is that we are building the capacity of local health workers to do the screening on a regular basis, and also preparing them to train other health workers, to spread the availability of this remarkable process.
I have volunteered with PINCC in Central America, and can attest that they operate on a very limited budget. PINCC recruits volunteer medical and non-medical folks (like me) who pay their own way on 1-2 week trips to countries like El Salvador and Kenya. The volunteer medical team trains local doctors to detect cervical cancer using vinegar (yes, the white vinegar we use at home!). During these training clinics up to 50 women are seen and treated each day. PINCC trains the doctors to detect and treat early-stage lesions the same day they are detected, which is important in a poor country where the women may travel great distances to obtain medical care.
PINCC is very effective. They use their volunteers wisely, and they create sustainable cervical cancer detection and treatment programs by training the local docs and donating the equipment the doctors will need to treat early stage cancers.
PINCC is a very well organized charity that does lots of good work on a very small budget. I have volunteered with them in a support, i.e. non-medical, role in El Salvador in November 2012 and in Nicaragua in June 2013. Carol Cruickshank led the team of volunteer doctors and support folks for both trips. She made sure that the local staff were taught in both a classroom and practice setting in how to perform the procedures to detect cervical cancer and treat it in its early stages. All volunteers were kept fully engaged in seeing the patients, counseling them on HIV prevention, and recording the results of our work. It is a terrific organization and I can't say enough good things about them.
We have been donors to PINCC from early on and have been impressed and gratified by their work. The organization is lean and effective, focusing on doing one thing well. We appreciate the international focus, the strong volunteer involvement and the smart use of donor dollars.
Kate OHanlan, MD & Léonie Walker
I have worked with PINCC in Peru, Kenya and India. As an Ob Gyn physician I can wholeheartedly support their mission and process. They operate on a shoestring budget and do important work that no other organization is doing. Cervical cancer is huge problem for poor women around the world- but neglected by many governments and health care organizations. PINCC knows the value of saving women's lives.
I had a great experience with PINCC- I have done a lot of international work and I was really impressed by PINCC's approach and model- really felt like we were leaving tools and skills that healthcare professionals would be able to use after we left.
I have been on two missions, both lasting two weeks: the first to El Salvador and Nicaragua in 2012 and the second to two places in Nicaragua in 2013. I volunteered as a translator, working with PINCC doctors and nurses to train the local medical staff. We worked hard, under demanding conditions, and the rewards were enormous: we were able to train the local doctors and nurses to be able to detect low- and high-grade cervical lesions that could lead to cervical cancer, a leading cause of death among women in Latin America.
PINCC volunteers are dedicated, knowledgeable professionals who give up their time and pay their own way to make an enormous contribution to the people in the developing countries (Latin America, Asia, and Africa). The very small PINCC staff organizes and runs a very tight ship and maximizes all resources. It is an incredibly fine organization that I am proud to be able to be part of.
PINCC is the most rewarding volunteer work I have done. It teaches other health professionals to continue the work of checking for Cervical Cancer in third world countries. We have taught Midwives and Physicians who continue to teach others. And continue to see patients themselves.
When you leave it feels as if you have done some good.
Plus I always feel as if I have received much more than I have given. PINCC is a great organization.
I have been volunteering for almost 5 years with PINCC as a Nurse Practitioner, and I love it. We work very hard when we are there to train the local nurses and physicians, so that when we are not there they can go on saving women's lives. Cervical cancer is so rare in the U.S. that we forget how many lives are lost every year in the developing world because of it. We know how to prevent this cancer; it is easy and inexpensive to do. PiNCC makes the most of every dollar donated and has a huge impact in women's lives.
I am a member of this board because I am so impressed by how many women's lives are saved with so little money. Medical and non-medical volunteers pay their own way to travel to parts of Central America, Africa and India to screen and treat women for cervical cancer who live in areas with little access to healthcare.
PINCC is always invited to the places they visit and they also train local health workers in the low cost screening method used. This organization's overhead is extremely low and I like knowing that most of the donations and money raised is going to the women who need it most.