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

Rating: 5 stars  

PINCC is an organization that gives meaning to the phrase "more bang for the buck." Although it runs on a shoestring - using a virtually 100% volunteer workforce (medical and non-medical) - it leverages the power of it's endeavor by creating and supporting self-sustaining operations at target sites. I have participated with PINCC in Central America and in Africa as a physician-trainer, offering local healthcare workers an effective and inexpensive approach to 1) early diagnosis of cervical PRE-cancer and 2) accompanying treatment to prevent progression to cancer. Training efforts are directed at healthcare facilities that provide low cost or free women's services.

These procedures are office-based, inexpensive, and highly effective. PINCC re-visits each site several times to validate the quality of work being done and to certify individual healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse-midwives, medical officers, etc.) in the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures they have been taught. PINCC also donates equipment and supplies where necessary, enabling recipients to maintain a very low cost clinical operation over time. The focus may seem narrow, but cervical cancer is the number one cancer killer of women in the developing world. The significant impact of the efforts of this organization, now in operation for 6 years, is expanding over time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have observed a number of healthcare workers become proficient in the specific diagnostic and treatment procedures that will save lives on a weekly and even daily basis.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

PINCC will certainly continue to work on improving the media materials it employs in its teaching, training, and quality assessments.

Would you volunteer for this group again?


For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?


Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It was emotionally fulfilling to work with a number of other volunteers from medical and NON-medical backgrounds.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I felt I expanded my skills and it was deeply gratifying to put them to good use.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & Worked in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Kenya as a physician.