The mission of NSVI is to promote and provide free No-Scalpel Vasectomy services worldwide, but especially in developing countries whose infrastructure and environmental resources are challenged by rapid population growth unchecked by established and/or effective family planning programs. The rationale for this promotion is based upon a number of facts and beliefs:
- Vasectomy is the most effective means of long-term contraception, primarily because, once rendered, it requires no compliance, as is the case with barrier and hormonal methods.
- Female sterilization under local anesthesia is more time-consuming and painful than vasectomy, and less effective.
- Pregnancy and childbirth are the main causes of mortality in developing countries for women ages 15-35, with the rate of complications rising as parity increases.
- In countries with limited infrastructure (good roads, public transportation, running water, electricity, etc.) and social programs (health care, police protection, free public education, etc.), high birth rates promote joblessness, poverty, and crowded living conditions, which, in turn, often increase the risks of crime and disease.
Promotion and provision of vasectomy services by necessity requires that NSVI also (1) train local health care workers to promote and provide no-scalpel vasectomy, and (2) reimburse (a) local facilitators and providers who may not be otherwise compensated for their time and effort, and (b) recipients of the service themselves to compensate for travel expenses and lost wages on the day of and day after their procedures.
Contributions to NSV International, Inc. are used for the following:
- To pay domestic NSVI vasectomy providers for their year-round services on a per case basis.
- To purchase and maintain the instruments and supplies used by domestic NSVI vasectomy providers.
- To reimburse the facilities where foreign NSVI vasectomy providers provide services.
- To pay nurses and social workers to provide patient education and public awareness of vasectomy, including brochures and posters printed in local dialects, for both year-round services and annual missions.
- Transportation, board and lodging for mission surgeons, nurses, and helpers.
- To provide honorariums for mission nurses and helpers.
- To reimburse vasectomy patients for meals, transportation, and loss of family income for the day of their vasectomies and the following day of recuperation.
- To provide medications (antibiotics and analgesics) to vasectomy patients.
- To purchase disposables for vasectomy mission days: surgeons gloves, antiseptics, anesthetics, sterile drapes, bandages, etc.
For our latest Mission Update, please see our Where We Work page. Or see how we got started on our History page. Or learn who we are on our About Us page.