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 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.