SAN FRANCISCO: A Non-profit medical organization is changing tact to focus on doctors rather than patient driven crowd funding to overcome US privacy laws.
Samahope, based in San Francisco, funds life-altering surgeries and medical treatments for women and children in poor regions.
Today they announced a brand-new donation model and a redesigned website to provide care for patients in need.
"With a new model that directly funds doctors working on the frontlines, we enable our donors to share in a bigger story, the epic challenges of global health and to build long-term, engaging relationships between donors and the doctors they support," said Shivani Garg Patel, Samahope co-founder and MD.
Although the treatments carried out by doctors under Samahope are in disadvantaged and third-world countries, they hope the latest move will also allow them to expand into new geographies such as the United States, which have more stringent privacy laws.
The doctor model also eliminates a problem with patient-driven medical crowdfunding models, which rely on sometimes graphic patient profiles to attract funds from donors.
Samahope will continue to fund critical medical treatments via its crowdfunding platform, but is shifting the focus to the doctors that deliver the care rather than individual patients.
Analyzing feedback from donors, medical partners, and doctors in the field, Samahope's team said that this was a better, more powerful way to achieve their mission and have a profound impact on a greater number of lives.
Visitors to the website are now given stories of remarkable doctors who have dedicated their lives and expertise to serving the poorest patients in the world. These doctors share their results and report on patient outcomes via regular field reports, giving donors full transparency into their work.
Samahope Co-Founder Leila Janah said: "We believe that all people, everywhere, deserve the same level of respect when it comes to sharing details about their health. Samahope's new model allows donors to give directly to treatments in a way that doesn't compromise patients' privacy".
What are funds used for?
Funds raised through Samahope help to fund medical treatments for:
Along with enabling doctors to treat more patients faster, the new funding focus will give doctors the resources they need to train more staff and invest in infrastructure and equipment.
Samahope is a member of Sama Group, a family of impact enterprises dedicated to ending poverty and promoting social and economic justice around the world.
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