Crowdfunding Site Medifund Wants To Help Students Become Doctors


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Medifund is a crowdfunding Web site that wants to increase the number of doctors in countries with a critical shortage by helping students afford medical tuition. So far, the site, which is based in the Philippines and launched last month at Startup Weekend Cebu, has successfully completed the campaign of second-year medical student Kristine Bless, who raised PHP 25,000 (about $577 USD).

Founder Jossy Onwude, who is currently a student at Southwestern University’s Mham College of Medicine in Cebu City, says he was inspired to create Medifund by Bless, who had trouble paying for her studies after her relatives ran into financial difficulty. The site is currently in public beta and has about 30 students waiting to sign up for fundraising campaigns when it goes live.

Onwude hopes Medifund will help increase the number of doctors in countries like the Philippines, Indonesia and his native Nigeria. He also…

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