Stanley Tomchin – Raises Reproductive Health Awareness Through Support of Pathfinder International

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.

 

 

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