The Johanna Justin-Jinich Community Clinic has been bustling with activity this month! We are continuing to grow our services and outreach, and are thrilled to share with you news about how Shining Hope is working to screen for and treat cervical cancer, the most deadly cancer for women in Africa.
Shining Hope has partnered with PINCC (Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer), an organization that trains clinicians from underserved clinics in the screening and treatment of cervical cancer. In order to provide the JJJ Clinic staff with a comprehensive training program, PINCC will be visiting Shining Hope three to four times over the next two years. During these visits, PINCC will hold workshops to train our clinicians in cervical cancer screening techniques and a variety of treatment methods. When clinicians have successfully completed the training, they will be officially certified by PINCC, and PINCC will donate screening materials and treatment equipment to the JJJ Clinic.
PINCC’s work is shedding a much-needed light on cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the most preventable cancer in modern medicine, and yet the most deadly cancer for women in Africa. Cervical cancer, caused by the sexually transmitted disease HPV, takes five to ten years to develop. With regular cervical screenings, precancerous lesions can be detected and removed. PINCC teaches a simple and cost-effective screening technique called VIA, visual inspection with acetic acid (vinegar). This technique, combined with chemotherapy or LEEP treatment methods, can save countless lives.
The JJJ Clinic staff is always excited to learn and the visit from PINCC has been no exception. There has been no shortage of positive feedback about PINCC’s work, teaching methods, and wonderful volunteers.
Shining Hope has enjoyed hosting PINCC and we look forward to continuing this important partnership. Thank you for your continued support of the Johanna Justin-Jinich Community, and for making a difference in the lives of so many!
The JJJ Clinic, view from atop the school