Meningitis is a serious illness which was known as “brain fever” in the 19th century. Simply put, it is the inflammation of the membranes around the brain and the spinal cord. Most cases of meningitis are caused by viral infections. Meningitis is a well known killer disease, although some cases may improve without treatment in a few weeks. Babies particularly are prone to meningitis. So are individuals working in the army and people with compromised immune systems like those who are HIV positive. Neonatal meningitis is caused by streptococcal bacteria and can be fatal. However, other cases will not improve, rather they will deteriorate and that is where the fear element lies.

Early diagnosis of meningitis can prevent fatality or even further complications. It is therefore very important to know the symptoms of the disease. This includes a sudden high fever and a stiff neck, severe headache, nausea, vomiting etc. If you think you or someone around you has meningitis, you should immediately bring it to medical attention.

Treatment for meningitis is expensive. Yet, people don’t have that amount of cash. One online search will tell you the number of private hospitals that provide meningitis treatments- all of them unsubsidized of course. In this situation, patients and families of patients need as much financial support as they can from the wider community. Yet, how do we access this wider community? One way is through reallocation of resources. For example, we can ask others, who have more money, to donate money to you, for your cause i.e. treatment of meningitis. This way, at least some of the burden of the expenses can be shared. But by far the most efficient way of carrying on this process is by doing it online.

Welcome to the idea of fundraising India! This is a credible new idea that has many takers. Just take a look at the website called impactguru.com, an online crowdfunding platform that has raised 600 crores of rupees so far. This is a Harvard incubated venture that has connection to 15 countries which means your plea for help will be shared in 15 countries. So how do you access Impact Guru’s network? All you have to do is go to their website and start a fundraiser. Medical crowdfunding and NGO crowdfunding is nothing new to us at Impact Guru.

Remember to put in all the medical records and details. Once you have done that, our campaign manager will get in touch with you. Together, the two of you can figure out the easiest way to raise money: where to share the fundraiser and how to do so. Once you have raised enough money, we will take a small contribution. But it will be a win-win situation. You would not have to go through the pain of offline fundraising or asking for loans.

Fundraising India is therefore an innovative solution and in a particularly good position to help poorer people in need. So instead of worrying about money, just start a fundraiser and devote all your attention to fighting the illness. Fundraising India will do the rest of the job.

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