Dr. Art Levit helps as Medical Director in Kenya
Dr. Art Levit (on right in photo with gynecologists in Nicaragua)is well-known to anyone involved with the OB/GYN Department of Kaiser Oakland over the past 20 years. He recently retired, receiving a special tribute from the residents for heading their training program. Art went on a Central America Campaign with PINCC last year, and stepped in to be Medical Director for our Africa Campaign in Kapenguria, Kenya. He posted this review on Great Non-Profits:
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.