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强生推出众筹网站CaringCrowd 支持全球公共卫生行动

CaringCrowd是一家致力于支持全球非营利医疗组织开展公共卫生行动的众筹网站,希望能为急需医疗资源的发展中国家提供一种全新的融资方式。这个平台于去年九月上线,其背后支持者正是美国强生集团。

CaringCrowd联合创始人Derek Fetzer在今年SXSW大会的、医疗分会场接受采访时表示,该网站已经发布的项目中,有33%已经得到了融资。他还表示该网站希望帮助非政府组织提高对潜在支持者的宣传力度。

“我们的服务完全免费,以全球公共卫生问题为主要关注点。一个由公共卫生专家组成的外部小组会对每一个项目申请人进行审查,保证其行动计划的安全可靠。”

在该网站已上线的项目中,有一个项目寻求筹资3万美元用于在乌干达雇佣急救医生。另一个达成了融资目标的项目则计划在科特迪瓦的学校教室中提供洗手设施,减少传染病的传播。还有一个项目希望在刚果的一个社区中布置一台产科用超声设备。

虽然现在已经有一些众筹网站致力于或允许为个人的医疗开支进行众筹,如Watsi和GoFundMe,Fetzer表示CaringCrowd网站则意在填补全求公共卫生众筹领域的空缺。

网站对筹资项目的偏好顺序是:医师供给、对特定疾病的诊断和治疗、健康教育以及为医院与诊所提供更好的设备和药品。

Fetzer与其他联合创始人一同成立了这家众筹平台,其他创始人包括John Brennick、Sara Gorman与Steve Ruhmel。Fetzer表示他希望看到网站上出现更多有关精神健康的项目。

他说网站团队计划不断升级这一平台,提供更好的用户体验。

A crowdfunding website dedicated to global public health initiatives by healthcare nonprofits hopes to provide a funding vehicle for much-needed healthcare resources for developing countries. Johnson & Johnson is behind CaringCrowd and launched the website in September.

In an interview at SXSW’s Medtech Expo with CaringCrowd co-founder Derek Fetzer, he said 33 percent of the projects that have been posted have been funded. He said the site seeks to help NGOs improve their visibility to would-be supporters.

“We’re free, we focus on global public health, and we have an external panel of public health experts who vet applicants to ensure the initiatives are a good idea and are safe.”

Among the projects currently on the website, one is seeking $30,000 to provide emergency care doctors in Uganda. One initiative that’s met its funding goal is providing handwashing facilities in classrooms in the Ivory Coast to reduce transmission of infectious diseases. Another will provide an ultrasound unit in a community in Congo to improve maternity care.

Although there are a few crowdfunding websites dedicated to or permitting funding for individual medical bills such as Watsi and GoFundMe, Fetzer said the website is designed to fill a niche in the global public health space.

Funding priorities outlined on the website include physician supply, diagnosing and treating particular illnesses, educating people about their health, and providing better equipment and more medications to hospitals and clinics.

Fetzer, who launched the crowdfunding platform with co-founder John Brennick, as well as Sara Gorman and Steve Ruhmel, said he would like to see more mental health initiatives offered on the website.

He said the team plans to make updates to the platform to improve the user experience.


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