VIJAYAWADA: With the aim of helping those who find it difficult to mobilise funds during medical emergencies, Bangalore-based online crowd-funding platform Milaap.org has decided to reach out to hospitals in tier-II and III cities like Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Guntur and Nellore in the State.
‘’As a fist step, we have initiated discussions with various private hospital managements in Vijayawada and Guntur. Specialists and doctors of various hospitals have agreed to join hands with us for the cause,’’ said co-founder and president of Milaap.org Anoj Viswanathan at a press conference here on Tuesday.
Elaborating the process of contributing funds to the organisation, Viswanathan said crowd-funding is an ancient concept where people contribute money for the needy. Milaap has also adopted the same model to mobilise funds and contribute it for medical emergencies and personal causes. Most of the beneficiaries are women and children. “When an appeal for funds is placed, Milaap verifies with the respective hospital whether it is genuine or not. Later, a brief description of the beneficiary and the ailment is displayed on the site with details of the amount required. Anyone can make contributions of `50 and above and Milaap will pay the bill directly on behalf of the patient,” he said.
‘’The cost of liver transplantation and treatment of diseases like cancer and arthritis is very high and often exceeds the limit of the family’s resources and insurance. Milaap makes it extremely easy for friends, colleagues and even strangers to support those in need. We are planning to work with a wider network of hospitals in the coming months so as to reach more families who are in need,” said Anoj.“We provide crowd-funding not only for medical cases but also for other social causes. Those who require support can initiate campaigns by following instructions on our website https://milaap.org/,” said Anoj.