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.
I went with PINCC in 8/08 with absolutely no idea of what i was in for. It was an extrordinary experience and one i will never forget. I went to three major African Countries-Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The people of Africa stay in my mind constantly and feel I have been changed by this experience forever more.
I have worked for a number of non-profit organizations around the globe over the last 5 years as Registered Nurse in the developing world. Working with Dr. Kay Taylor and PINCC was the most rewarding experience I have ever participated in. PINCC not only provides a valuable service to women without access to health care, they are also training Dr.s and nurses to carry on the work in their absence. This is what all non-profits should be doing but which, sadly, many do not.
I've been taking teams of volunteer doctors, nurses, and lay people to 8 countries in Central America and Africa for 3 years, to train and equip medical people who serve poor and high risk women in methods to prevent cervical cancer. It's the #1 cause of cancer death in 3rd world countries among women, and yet it's preventable! We've trained over 50 medical people this year alone. Our methods are low-cost and low-tech, so can be used in low resource settings. It's been very successful, and terrifically rewarding to save the lives of these women, and know the people we train will go on saving lives for many years to come.