Healthcare in India is expanding; slowly but surely. While about 31 Indians out of 1000 were hospitalized (excluding childbirth) in 2004, the number jumped to 44 in ten years. The country’s availability of medical facilities has increased greatly and more people from rural areas are able to access them now.
However, considering the size of India’s population, numbers are still low. More individuals fall victim and succumb to chronic conditions that can be dealt with, with timely intervention. The quality of public hospitals and the number of hospitalized cases in these hospitals have gone down, and the same for private hospitals has shot up. A major part of these cases are organ failures and cancers.
The major reason behind the contrasting numbers between victims and survivors is inevitable: funding. Healthcare costs rise rapidly as you read this article. A single visit to the doctor, a simple blood test, a regular checkup – these are all luxuries for over half of India’s households. Treatment of prevalent chronic conditions are much higher the common employee’s income and savings put together.
What’s an affordable and accessible funding solution?
There are over 300 million people willing to give to social and medical causes in India. Expectedly, medical crowdfunding kicked off with ease among the needy in the Indian scenario. India has a startlingly stratified society, with wealth polarized neatly and held by a minuscule urban upper-class, while millions at the other end of the spectrum cannot afford three square meals a day. This sets an appropriate platform for the crowdfunding process, with affluent donors getting access to a channel to make a difference for the numberless deprived people who need their aid.
Since the first platform materialized in the country, crowdfunding India has helped raise over Rs 500 crore, nearly half of which has been contributed to patients that couldn’t afford the medical facilities they needed.
Bujji’s crowdfunding story
Nagamma, or as she’s lovingly called, Bujji, is a housemaid in Hyderabad. But for Niharika and her parents, she has been more like family. Her sweet nature had warmed them instantly.
When doctors found that both her kidneys were failing, Bujji’s family was at a loss. Their sole breadwinner could no longer work, and they had no savings to be able to pay for her treatment. Niharika and her friend began a crowdfunding campaign with Impact Guru’s platform immediately. Bujji now clings onto life through endless dialysis sessions, but needs a kidney transplant urgently. This procedure will cost her Rs 3 lakhs, an unimaginable sum for a family that lives on the income of a housemaid’s salary.
Thousands of campaigners like Bujji raise the funds they need through crowdfunding in weeks and often, days. If you know someone in need, don’t hesitate. Begin crowdfunding today.