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— Celebrated businessman and visionary philanthropist, Stanley Tomchin has been a lifelong supporter of the Pathfinder International, a not-for-profit agency specializing in projects aimed at eliminating barriers to sexual and reproductive healthcare services in the countries of the developing world. Much inspired by his sister Joy, who has been actively involved with the AIDS Center of NYC for many years, Tomchin became driven by the conviction that no matter where a person lives, they should have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lifestyles they choose. To date, his efforts have allowed for educational programs to be carried out around the globe and given access to vital medical procedures to those who need it most. Since 1957, Pathfinder International has partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems to expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections wherever the need is most urgent. They are recognized as champions of sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide, mobilizing communities in need to forge their own path to a healthier future. In 2016 alone, Pathfinder’s global impact led to 5.9 million visits to facilities for contraceptive services, 1.5 million individuals receiving HIV and AIDS assistance, and 6,700 fewer maternal deaths. Of all the achievements the organization had in 2016, the most significant to Stanley Tomchin were the reproductive health assistance and 10.8 million visits to youth-friendly services made by young people. “Much of his funding goes to education and access in places where it’s most challenging,” explained Jennifer Wong, Pathfinder’s Director of Development. “A very small percentage of donors help out with this - Stanley is regarded as a trailblazer and a pioneer of their cause.” The United Nations estimated that 70% of adult deaths result from behavior started or reinforced during adolescence. By coordinating with Pathfinder International, Tomchin hopes to develop new and creative strategies for young people to form healthier practices and establish lifelong good habits. Together they are fighting to reach the over one billion youth who need accurate, unbiased information and health care free of judgment. Wherever the need is most urgent, the programs made possible by this partnership will ensure young adults can make educated decisions about their bodies and successfully choose their own path forward. Stanley Tomchin is a retired professional games player and dedicated philanthropist currently residing in Nevada. Naturally gifted at skilled games since he was a child, Tomchin became a chess master at the age of 13 before representing the United States in the bridge Olympiad. After experiencing global success and reaching the status of the most potent professional games player in the world, he decided to retire, start a family, and devote his life to helping those in need. In 2005 he founded the Tomchin Family Charitable Foundation, which supports over forty organizations and actively seeks new causes that warrant attention. For more information, please visit http://www.stanleytomchinnews.com


— Philanthropist Stanley Tomchin continues to contribute to Pathfinder International, to help battling to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive services in developing countries. Much inspired by his sister Joy, who has been actively involved with the AIDS Center of NYC for many years, Tomchin became driven by the conviction that no matter where a person lives, they should have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lifestyles they choose. To date, his efforts have allowed for educational programs to be carried out around the globe and given access to vital medical procedures to those who need it most. Since 1957, Pathfinder International has partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems to expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections wherever the need is most urgent. They are recognized as champions of sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide, mobilizing communities in need to forge their own path to a healthier future. In 2016 alone, Pathfinder’s global impact led to 5.9 million visits to facilities for contraceptive services, 1.5 million individuals receiving HIV and AIDS assistance, and 6,700 fewer maternal deaths. Of all the achievements the organization had in 2016, the most significant to Stanley Tomchin were the reproductive health assistance and 10.8 million visits to youth-friendly services made by young people. “Much of his funding goes to education and access in places where it’s most challenging,” explained Jennifer Wong, Pathfinder’s Director of Development. “A very small percentage of donors help out with this - Stanley is regarded as a trailblazer and a pioneer of their cause.” The United Nations estimated that 70% of adult deaths result from behavior started or reinforced during adolescence. By coordinating with Pathfinder International, Tomchin hopes to develop new and creative strategies for young people to form healthier practices and establish lifelong good habits. Together they are fighting to reach the over one billion youth who need accurate, unbiased information and health care free of judgment. Wherever the need is most urgent, the programs made possible by this partnership will ensure young adults can make educated decisions about their bodies and successfully choose their own path forward. Stanley Tomchin is a retired professional games player and dedicated philanthropist currently residing in Nevada. Naturally gifted at skilled games since he was a child, Tomchin became a chess master at the age of 13 before representing the United States in the bridge Olympiad. After experiencing global success and reaching the status of the most potent professional games player in the world, he decided to retire, start a family, and devote his life to helping those in need. In 2005 he founded the Tomchin Family Charitable Foundation, which supports over forty organizations and actively seeks new causes that warrant attention. For more information, please visit http://www.stanleytomchinnews.com


LAS VEGAS, NV / ACCESSWIRE / March 2, 2017 / Philanthropist Stanley Tomchin has a long history of contributing to Pathfinder International, one of few non-profits that are battling to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive services in developing countries. Much inspired by his sister Joy, who has been actively involved with the AIDS Center of NYC for many years, Tomchin became driven by the conviction that no matter where a person lives, they should have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lifestyles they choose. To date, his efforts have allowed for educational programs to be carried out around the globe and given access to vital medical procedures to those who need it most. Since 1957, Pathfinder International has partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems to expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women's lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections wherever the need is most urgent. They are recognized as champions of sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide, mobilizing communities in need to forge their own path to a healthier future. In 2016 alone, Pathfinder's global impact led to 5.9 million visits to facilities for contraceptive services, 1.5 million individuals receiving HIV and AIDS assistance, and 6,700 fewer maternal deaths. Of all the achievements the organization had in 2016, the most significant to Stanley Tomchin were the reproductive health assistance and 10.8 million visits to youth-friendly services made by young people. "Much of his funding goes to education and access in places where it's most challenging," explained Jennifer Wong, Pathfinder's Director of Development. "A very small percentage of donors help out with this - Stanley is regarded as a trailblazer and a pioneer of their cause." The United Nations estimated that 70% of adult deaths result from behavior started or reinforced during adolescence. By coordinating with Pathfinder International, Tomchin hopes to develop new and creative strategies for young people to form healthier practices and establish lifelong good habits. Together they are fighting to reach the over one billion youth who need accurate, unbiased information and health care free of judgment. Wherever the need is most urgent, the programs made possible by this partnership will ensure young adults can make educated decisions about their bodies and successfully choose their own path forward. Stanley Tomchin is a retired professional games player and dedicated philanthropist currently residing in Nevada. Naturally gifted at skilled games since he was a child, Tomchin became a chess master at the age of 13 before representing the United States in the bridge Olympiad. After experiencing global success and reaching the status of the most potent professional games player in the world, he decided to retire, start a family, and devote his life to helping those in need. In 2005 he founded the Tomchin Family Charitable Foundation, which supports over forty organizations and actively seeks new causes that warrant attention. Stanley Tomchin – Passionate Philanthropist and Tennis Player: http://stanleytomchinnews.com Stanley Tomchin - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stanley-Tomchin-592476647495756/ Stanley Tomchin -- Supports the Arts with Donations to World-Renowned La MaMa Theatre: http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/stanley-tomchin--supports-the-arts-with-donations-to-worldrenowned-la-mama-theatre-20170209-01907#ixzz4YoN2PW6d


Stanley Tomchin has a long history of contributing to Pathfinder International, one of few non-profits that are battling to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive services in developing countries. Much inspired by his sister Joy, who has been actively involved with the AIDS Center of NYC for many years, Tomchin became driven by the conviction that no matter where a person lives, they should have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lifestyles they choose. To date, his efforts have allowed for educational programs to be carried out around the globe and given access to vital medical procedures to those who need it most. Since 1957, Pathfinder International has partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems to expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women's lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections wherever the need is most urgent. They are recognized as champions of sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide, mobilizing communities in need to forge their own path to a healthier future. In 2016 alone, Pathfinder's global impact led to 5.9 million visits to facilities for contraceptive services, 1.5 million individuals receiving HIV and AIDS assistance, and 6,700 fewer maternal deaths. Of all the achievements the organization had in 2016, the most significant to Stanley Tomchin were the reproductive health assistance and 10.8 million visits to youth-friendly services made by young people. "Much of his funding goes to education and access in places where it's most challenging," explained Jennifer Wong, Pathfinder's Director of Development. "A very small percentage of donors help out with this - Stanley is regarded as a trailblazer and a pioneer of their cause." The United Nations estimated that 70% of adult deaths result from behavior started or reinforced during adolescence. By coordinating with Pathfinder International, Tomchin hopes to develop new and creative strategies for young people to form healthier practices and establish lifelong good habits. Together they are fighting to reach the over one billion youth who need accurate, unbiased information and health care free of judgment. Wherever the need is most urgent, the programs made possible by this partnership will ensure young adults can make educated decisions about their bodies and successfully choose their own path forward. Stanley Tomchin is a retired professional games player and dedicated philanthropist currently residing in Nevada. Naturally gifted at skilled games since he was a child, Tomchin became a chess master at the age of 13 before representing the United States in the bridge Olympiad. After experiencing global success and reaching the status of the most potent professional games player in the world, he decided to retire, start a family, and devote his life to helping those in need. In 2005 he founded the Tomchin Family Charitable Foundation, which supports over forty organizations and actively seeks new causes that warrant attention. Stanley Tomchin – Passionate Philanthropist and Tennis Player: http://stanleytomchinnews.com Stanley Tomchin - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stanley-Tomchin-592476647495756/ Stanley Tomchin -- Supports the Arts with Donations to World-Renowned La MaMa Theatre: http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/stanley-tomchin--supports-the-arts-with-donations-to-worldrenowned-la-mama-theatre-20170209-01907#ixzz4YoN2PW6d


Perlman S.,Pathfinder International | Wamai R.G.,Northeastern University | Bain P.A.,Harvard University | Welty T.,Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services | And 2 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2014

Objectives: We assessed the knowledge and awareness of cervical cancer, HPV and HPV vaccine, and willingness and acceptability to vaccinate in sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. We further identified countries that fulfill the two GAVI Alliance eligibility criteria to support nationwide HPV vaccination. Methods: We conducted a systematic review of peer-reviewed studies on the knowledge and awareness of cervical cancer, HPV and HPV vaccine, and willingness and acceptability to vaccinate. Trends in Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) vaccine coverage in SSA countries from 1990-2011 were extracted from the World Health Organization database. Findings: The review revealed high levels of willingness and acceptability of HPV vaccine but low levels of knowledge and awareness of cervical cancer, HPV or HPV vaccine. We identified only six countries to have met the two GAVI Alliance requirements for supporting introduction of HPV vaccine: 1) the ability to deliver multi-dose vaccines for no less than 50% of the target vaccination cohort in an average size district, and 2) achieving over 70% coverage of DTP3 vaccine nationally. From 2008 through 2011 all SSA countries, with the exception of Mauritania and Nigeria, have reached or maintained DTP3 coverage at 70% or above. Conclusion: There is an urgent need for more education to inform the public about HPV, HPV vaccine, and cervical cancer, particularly to key demographics, (adolescents, parents and healthcare professionals), to leverage high levels of willingness and acceptability of HPV vaccine towards successful implementation of HPV vaccination programs. There is unpreparedness in most SSA countries to roll out national HPV vaccination as per the GAVI Alliance eligibility criteria for supporting introduction of the vaccine. In countries that have met 70% DTP3 coverage, pilot programs need to be rolled out to identify the best practice and strategies for delivering HPV vaccines to adolescents and also to qualify for GAVI Alliance support. © 2014 Perlman et al.


Busza J.,London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine | Besana G.V.R.,University of Dar es Salaam | Mapunda P.,Pathfinder Tanzania | Oliveras E.,Pathfinder International
Reproductive Health Matters | Year: 2013

With increased access to HIV treatment throughout Africa, a generation of HIV positive children is now transitioning to adulthood while living with a chronic condition requiring lifelong medication, which can amplify the anxieties of adolescence. This qualitative study explored how adolescents in Tanzania with HIV experience their nascent sexuality, as part of an evaluation of a home-based care programme. We interviewed 14 adolescents aged 15-19 who had acquired HIV perinatally, 10 of their parents or other primary caregivers, and 12 volunteer home-based care providers who provided support, practical advice, and referrals to clinical services. Adolescents expressed unease about their sexuality, fearing that sex and relationships were inappropriate and hazardous, given their HIV status. They worried about having to disclose their status to partners, the risks of infecting others and for their own health. Thus, many anticipated postponing or avoiding sex indefinitely. Caregivers and home-based care providers reinforced negative views of sexual activity, partly due to prevailing misconceptions about the harmful effects of sex with HIV. The adolescents had restricted access to accurate information, appropriate guidance, or comprehensive reproductive health services and were likely to experience significant unmet need as they initiated sexual relationships. Care programmes could help to reduce this gap by facilitating open communication about sexuality between adolescents and their caregivers, providers, and HIV-positive peers. © 2013 Reproductive Health Matters.


Alam K.,nter for Health and Population Research | Tasneem S.,Brac University | Oliveras E.,Pathfinder International
Health Policy and Planning | Year: 2012

Introduction Volunteer community health workers (CHWs) are one approach to addressing the health workforce shortage in developing countries. BRAC, a large NGO in Bangladesh, is a pioneer in using female volunteer CHWs as core workers in its successful health programmes. After 25 years of implementing the CHW model in rural areas, BRAC is now using CHWs in urban slums of Dhaka through Manoshi, a community-based maternal and child health project. However, high dropout rates among CHWs in the slums suggested a need to better understand factors associated with their retention, and consequently recommend strategies for increasing their retention.Methods This mixed-method study included a case-control design to assess factors relating to the retention of volunteer CHWs, and focus group discussions (FGDs) to explore solutions to problems. In total, 542 current and 146 dropout CHWs participated in the survey. Six FGDs were held with groups of current and groups of dropout CHWs.Results Financial incentives were the main factor linked to CHW retention. CHWs who joined with the expectation of income were almost twice as likely to remain as CHWs. This finding was reinforced by the inverse association between wealth quintile of the CHWs and retention; the poorest CHWs were significantly more likely to stay in the programme than the richest. However, social prestige, community approval and household responsibilities were important non-financial factors associated with CHW retention. Restructuring and expansion of existing financial incentives to better compensate CHWs were recommended by CHWs to improve their retention.Conclusions Factors found to be important in this study are similar to those from earlier studies in rural areas. While the data indicate that financial incentives are the most commonly discussed factor regarding CHW retention in urban slums, the results also suggest other avenues that could be strengthened to improve their retention. © The Author 2011; all rights reserved.


Hainsworth G.,Pathfinder International | Engel D.M.C.,Sexual and Reproductive Health Branch | Simon C.,Pathfinder International | Rahimtoola M.,Pathfinder International | Ghiron L.J.,Expanding Health Quality and Access and ExpandNet Secretariat
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes | Year: 2014

BACKGROUND: Poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes among adolescents aged 10-19 years are indicative of the barriers this group faces in accessing health services and highlights a gap in the availability of appropriate services, including adolescent-friendly contraceptive services (AFCS). The HIV Investment Framework identifies contraceptive services as an entry point for HIV counseling, testing, and treatment, and as a component of HIV prevention. To effectively meet the needs of adolescents, greater understanding of effective scale-up strategies for adolescent-friendly services is needed. METHODS: The authors conducted a retrospective analysis of AFCS scale-up experiences in Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Vietnam using the ExpandNet/World Health Organization framework for systematic scale-up. The authors analyzed the type of scale (expansion or institutionalization), dissemination and advocacy, organizational process, costs and resource mobilization, and monitoring and evaluation. RESULTS: The analysis showed that all programs simultaneously pursued expansion and institutionalization, contributing to sustainable scale-up. Advocacy complemented by intensive capacity building at all levels of the health system contributed to adoption of AFCS in national and district work plans and budgets as well strengthening collection of age-disaggregated data. DISCUSSION: To achieve scale-up of AFCS, the authors identified the importance of institutionalization and expansion in tandem for synergy and reinforcement, empowering adolescents to be agents of change and hold government accountable to its commitments, and strengthening health systems to sustain AFCS. CONCLUSIONS: This article contributes to a growing body of evidence around scale-up of AFCS, which can inform the implementation and sustainable scale-up of HIV and other services for adolescents. Copyright © 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Morse E.P.,Pathfinder International | Maegga B.,Tanzania Public Health Association | Joseph G.,Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences | Miesfeldt S.,Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
Breast Cancer: Basic and Clinical Research | Year: 2014

Background: Limited disease awareness among women may impact breast cancer stage-at-diagnosis in Tanzania, reducing survival. This study assessed breast cancer knowledge, screening practices, and educational preferences among outpatients at Tanzanian government-supported hospitals. Methods: A convenience sample of women was surveyed regarding (1) knowledge/beliefs of breast cancer etiology, risk factors, symptoms, treatment, (2) early detection knowledge/practice, and (3) educational preferences. Results: Among 225 respondents, 98.2% knew of breast cancer; 22.2% knew someone affected by breast cancer. On average, 30% of risk factors and 51% of symptoms were identified. Most accepted one or more breast cancer myths. Among 126 aware of breast self-exam, 40% did not practice it; only 0.9% underwent regular clinical breast examinations despite 68% being aware of the procedure. Among treatments, 87% recognized surgery, 70% radiation, and fewer systemic therapy. Preferred educational sources were group sessions, television/radio, and meetings with breast cancer survivors. Conclusions: This work reveals incomplete breast cancer awareness among Tanzanian women and promises to inform development of user-focused educational resources. © the authors, publisher and licensee Llibertas Aacademica Llimited.


Illah E.,Pathfinder International
African journal of reproductive health | Year: 2013

Complications of childbirth and pregnancy are leading causes of death among women of reproductive age. Developing countries account for 99% of maternal deaths. The aim of this study was to explore levels, causes and risk factors associated with maternal mortality in rural Tanzania. Longitudinal data (2002-2006) from Rufiji HDSS was used where a total of 26 427 women aged 15-49 years were included in the study; 64 died and there were 15 548 live births. Cox proportional hazards regression was used to assess the risk factors associated with maternal deaths. MMR was 412 per 100 000 live births. The main causes of death were haemorrhage (28%), eclampsia (19%) and puerperal sepsis (8%). An increased risk of 154% for maternal death was found for women aged 30-39 versus 15-19 years (HR=2.54, 95% CI=1.001-6.445). Married women had a protective effect of 62% over unmarried ones (HR=0.38, 95% CI=0.176-0.839).

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