May 2005 - Our initial humanitarian program was launched in Cusco, Peru. Forty five international medical specialists from multiple disciplines (Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease 2006;10:58-62) worked in collaboration with specialists from Peru’s national cancer hospital, INEN (Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplásicas). Prior to this, a group of 90 nurses were provided with free training in Pap smear techniques. This dedicated group of nurses subsequently performed Pap smears on over 8000 women, many of whom received cervical cancer screening for the first time during our campaign.
May 2006 - The INCCA Foundation returned to provide cervical cancer preventative care to the women in Cusco as well as Urcos, a rural village.
May 2008 - The CerviCusco Clinic opened with a full time staff. All the equipment and supplies utilized in this campaign were donated by participating individuals, international hospitals or corporations. In the span of 5 days, the medical professionals of the INCCA Foundation evaluated nearly 1,000 low-income women with Pap smears and colposcopy. Women identified with significant precancerous cervical disease were treated surgically by the volunteer team. This effort was coordinated with Peruvian health care professionals in Lima, Iquitos, Cusco, and Urcos
2009 to Present - We are committed to maintaining a permanent presence in Cusco in order to provide continuous high quality care for Peruvian women. Through working with international volunteers and local personnel we now have 4-5 international medical missions each year. Of equal importance, INCCA also conducts additional regional health campaigns in collaboration with local government and health care organizations in order to expand our services to rural areas where women have limited access to cervical cancer screening.