This guest post was written by Kay Taylor, MD, OB/GYN, Executive Director of Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC), based in Oakland. She is a Board-Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist whose dedication to providing high-quality health care to women around the world has led her on medical missions to Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras and inspired her to found PINCC.
Cervical cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women in Africa, and in most of the developing world. 300,000 women die of it worldwide, every year; that’s 800 women a day! Yet cervical cancer is completely preventable, with screening exams and treatment. PINCC brings care, training and equipment to clinics and hospitals in 8 countries, screening and treating poor women and those with HIV/ AIDS. In a single visit, we can find and treat the signs of developing cervical cancer, with 90+% cures!
PINCC is a non-profit, volunteer organization based here in Oakland; our Director, Dr. Kay Taylor, and many of our volunteers are from this community. We take teams of volunteer doctors, nurses, and non-medical people to poor and rural communities in Africa, Central America and India, to train and equip public health clinics. We continue our training visits until the staff is competent and the program is independent, thus establishing self-sufficient cervical cancer prevention programs that will continue to screen and treat women for many years to come. In the four years we have been working, our volunteers have trained hundreds of doctors and nurses to provide this life-saving care.
In June 2009, PINCC began the training of 47 doctors and nurses in 5 new health centers, in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Women in these rural areas have never had a pelvic examination; they don’t even know what this disease is called, though they all know someone who has died with the painful symptoms of this disease. We need to raise $10,000 for our return mission next January, to supply the equipment for treatment and complete the training process. We have a team of volunteers who are ready to donate their time and pay their own way. We are holding this Walk for Women of Africa to raise this money. We are not supported by any government funds or grants; it’s the generosity of caring people that has allowed us to perform this sustainable service. We encourage you to sign up to walk, or to support a walker, on our website, www.pincc.org.
HOW MANY LIVES CAN YOU SAVE?
PINCC Walk for Women of Africa
Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer
When: August 29, 2009, 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA
Meet at the Pergola, near Lakeshore and Grand. Distance around lake is 3.5 miles; there’s prizes for most miles walked and Most money raised. Free t-shirt for donors and participants.
How Much: As much as you can raise! Only $15 can save a woman’s life by providing screening for cervical cancer.