Fundraising made its entrance to the internet over a decade ago. Today, it isn’t a strange thing for an ordinary person to dream of funding the construction of a school for underprivileged children in a village. While crowdfunding, as it is termed, rose in India to serve nonprofits and social issues, medical causes quickly caught on as a result of the rising expenses of medical treatment in the country in the absence of health coverage for all.

Medical crowdfunding is now responsible for nearly half the funds raised by crowdfunding campaigners in India. Over Rs 200 crores have been donated by givers in India and abroad to Indian campaigns for medical causes. Patients with low or middle income who need to fund healthcare solutions for emergency medical situations or need to fund the long-term treatment for a chronic illness are able to do so. They tell their story, present photographic evidence and documentation to confirm, share easily across social media and accept donations all from one safe, convenient platform.

One of the most commonly funded medical causes is liver diseases. From regular sessions of dialysis to liver transplantations, patients flock to crowdfunding India to pay for their treatments. For example, when Pranjal’s cousin, Mukesh was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, he knew that there was no way the family could afford the treatment on their own. Mukesh had been the sole breadwinner for years, and now unable to stay employed, the family was drowning in debt as they struggled to pay for his dialysis, medication and consultation.

Liver cirrhosis is the end stage of a liver disease, where the organ is scarred and has failed, and the condition cannot be cured with medication and palliative care. It can be controlled with dialysis and medication, but to restore a patient’s health, a liver transplant is recommended by doctors. When the estimate came up to Rs 25 lakhs, Pranjal began looking for ways to acquire funding. The family had already borrowed enough money from relatives and needed a more efficient and urgent solution.

Crowdfunding India was a concept Pranjal came across while he scouted the internet for solutions. Pranjal noted that on Impact Guru, a global medical crowdfunding website, dozens of patients had managed to raise the funds they’d needed for liver disease treatment in the last few weeks alone. With nothing to lose, Pranjal created a campaign for free. Now his campaign is booming, as he promotes it efficiently on social media like Facebook and Whatsapp. His donors take no more than a few minutes to make a contribution and share Mukesh’s story with their contacts, widening his reach easily.

If you know someone in need of a medical facility they cannot afford, don’t hesitate. Begin crowdfunding today.