Meet Dan!

Dan heads up Medical Operations at Watsi. Before joining Watsi, Dan worked at Palantir Technologies tackling problems around the world in Health Claims Fraud, Biosecurity, Global Health, and Disaster Response. He holds a degree in Molecular Genetics from The Ohio State University and is a 4th year medical student on leave from Dartmouth Medical School.

Learn more about Dan here.

Announcing a $1.5M donation from Humble Bundle!

We’re excited to announce that Humble Bundle, a startup that lets anyone pay what they want for video games and support charity online, has made a $1.5M donation to fund medical care for Watsi patients.

This donation from Humble Bundle and its army of charitable gamers puts our total raised for patients at $2.2 million.

We’re growing fast, and we’re thrilled to share that Daniel Tse, a Palantir health engineer and one of the most brilliant people we’ve ever met, is joining our team to scale our medical program around the world.

It’s awesome to see Silicon Valley’s most talented people and companies chase meaning as well as money. They’re proving that making a lasting impact with your work is not only good for business, but good for the world.

You asked, we delivered.

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We’re excited to announce that you can now donate in someone else’s name on Watsi! Our team has been dedicating donations nonstop since we launched the feature, and we figured it was time to let you in on the fun :)

When you dedicate a Watsi donation, the recipient will receive an email notifying them of your gift, as well as updates on the patient you funded in their honor.

To try it out, just check the “Dedicate” box while donating to a patient.

We teamed up with Goldbely to bring you the best holiday gift of all time!

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Buying holiday gifts is one of those things that tends to get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. So we decided to make it easy. 

We teamed up with Goldbely to bring you an awesome holiday gift package for your friends, family, and colleagues. For $50/person, we’ll send you a handpicked gift box of top Goldbely desserts, a Watsi donation certificate, and a blank card for you to personalize, all wrapped like you did it yourself. 

It only takes 2 minutes to cross gifts off your to-do list. Order by 12/1/2013 so we can deliver them by 12/16/2013: http://watsibely.com/

What’s up with all the green shirts on Watsi?

If you’ve been on Watsi lately, you’ve probably noticed a bunch of smiley kids in green shirts on our patients page.

These kids traveled such long distances to seek medical care at our partner hospital in Tanzania that they needed somewhere to stay while they waited for treatment and recovered from surgery (going home between scheduling and follow up appointments wasn’t an option). The green shirts were given to them by Plaster House, the organization that’s housing them while they receive care. 

Let’s get these kids funded so they can go home healthy!

We’re hiring an operations expert to shape the future of global health

Watsi is a global crowdfunding platform for healthcare that enables anyone to donate as little as $5 to directly fund low-cost, high-impact medical care for people in need.

We’re looking for an operations expert to join our SF team, lead our medical program, and shape the future of global health by growing our impact around the world.

You are:

  • Organized

  • Tech-savvy 

  • A ‘systems thinker’ with experience deploying people and technology in parallel (often swapping out one for the other) to create coherent processes

  • Knowledgeable about global health, ideally with a background in medicine or public health 
  • Driven by the idea that everyone deserves access to healthcare

You’ll be:

  • Leading our medical program 
  • Building scalable processes to manage our complex ecosystem of patients, medical partners, medical criteria, treatments, pricing, follow-ups, audits, data, and transparency

  • Shaping global policies and laying down impenetrable enforcement mechanisms

  • Deftly handling individual patient cases, troubleshooting logistical issues, and collaborating with other members of the Watsi team to tell patients’ stories to the world

  • Managing existing relationships with 16 medical organizations and constantly scouting new partnership opportunities

  • Keeping impeccable records to ensure transparency and accountability

  • Maintaining smooth day-to-day operations

We offer:

  • A happy and challenging work environment

  • A hungry, dedicated team of developers, designers, thinkers, and operators

  • Opportunities to travel and visit the hospitals we work with

  • Huge potential for professional growth and leadership in a new space

If you’re interested in joining our team to change the future of health, please send your resume to hello@watsi.org.

We look forward to meeting you!

More about us:

Since launching one year ago, we’ve funded life-changing medical care for more than 800 people in 16 countries. We’ve been featured by BBC News, NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and we recently raised $1.2M to scale our organization.

P.S. — Please don’t call about the position. We promise we’ll reply to all emails :)

Mondays Made Worth It: Guest Post from Kenya

This is a guest post by Sarah Mwangi, the Kenyan coordinator at one of our Medical Partners, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Sarah is responsible for identifying patients at AMHF’s hospitals and walking them through the Watsi process. She’s made it possible for more than 240 people in Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia to access medical care funded by Watsi donors.

It’s Monday Morning. Yeah. Those Monday mornings that need all the will in the world just to open your eyes, drag yourself out of bed, get showered and dressed. Then off to work.

Yeah. Work. Where is that holiday when you need it?! Leaders at the ICC, internal politics, terrorist attacks…Yeah, I definitely need a holiday.

I grab my mug of coffee and head out, still trying to convince myself that there are tons of reasons to be cheerful this Monday morning.

Monday. My most challenging day of the week. And yet somehow, God still manages to surprise me.

When I get to my desk, I decide to finish some filing then start going through profiles from our different partners to hand in to Watsi.

Then, Monday instantly changes for me.

“My wish is to one day go to school and later on work in an office as an accountant. I know I can do more with my hands.”

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I look at the picture of the girl who said this to our Watsi representative in Tanzania. She is only 12 years old. Abandoned by her parents when she was only 9 and now under the care of her grandmother.

My eyes tear. I read the sentence about her wishes and her dreams over and over. It doesn’t help though because the tears now can’t be stopped. What will my boss say?!

I pretend that there’s something in my eye as I gaze upon her photo. Her smile is so bright. I try to imagine what her childhood was like. How it must feel to be abandoned by her parents, especially in this African context. And now: she has been living with contractures from a burn that make it difficult for her to go to school.

As I type in her story to submit to Watsi, I think of all the people who make sacrifices, when they get onto the Watsi website, just to help people like Agness. I wonder if they know just how much they are making a difference in peoples’ lives; if they know that every penny they contribute reaches these beautiful people.

In the midst of reading stories like Agness’, wiping my tears and typing away, I forget that it’s Monday. I forget how slow Mondays can be; how mundane; how insane. Somehow my Monday is made worth it.

Agness, the patient in this post, was fully funded on Watsi in less than 24 hours.

Patient Privacy

Our approach to patient privacy is simple, we treat every patient how we would like to be treated.

Because we rely on our Medical Partners to submit patient information, we spend a lot of time working with them to ensure patients’ rights are protected in the following three categories:

Information

  • We believe Watsi patients should own their own information. Everything from the content they share on Watsi, to their photo, to the ability to remove their profile at any time is controlled by them.

Understanding

  • Because most Watsi patients aren’t computer literate, we rely on our Medical Partners to upload information on their behalf. We work with our Medical Partners to ensure that they explain Watsi to every patient in a way that makes sense given their local context. Additionally, every patient must sign a clear waiver in their local language affirming their understanding of the program before we accept their profile.

Choice

  • It is incredibly important to us that every patient decide for themselves whether or not they want to participate in the Watsi program. For patients who wish to remain anonymous, we offer alternative sources of funding via our Universal Fund. This ensures that no patient is ever forced to decide between receiving medical care and sharing their story with the world.

Like most things at Watsi, our privacy policies are a work in progress, and we will continue to update them based on feedback from our patients and Medical Partners. And as always, we’d love your input as well.

We’re looking for an awesome volunteer to join us in SF!

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We’re looking for a talented writer and tech-savvy operations person to join our team for a one-month, project-based volunteer role (with potential for extension into a longer-term position) in our San Francisco office.

You’ll jump straight into the heart and soul of Watsi: patient treatment and update stories. This will be a one-month intensive on processing a recent influx of patient profiles and updates, curating them, and sharing them with donors using our internal system.

This is a volunteer gig, but we’ll gladly provide a killer reference, shower you with great karma, and potentially extend your position (if you’re interested) for a job well done.

Interested?

Shoot an email to hello@watsi.org with:

  • A little about yourself
  • Your resume
  • Your five most relevant skills/pieces of experience

And we’ll get back to you ASAP.

We look forward to meeting you!

Meet Thomas!

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Thomas is Watsi’s lead engineer. He’s worked at New Relic, Pivotal Labs and on Pivotal Tracker in the past, always as a hybrid engineer, designer, and product manager. Thomas is all about making things that work well by understanding people and where they come from. He attended Dartmouth College for two years, as well as the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway.

Follow Thomas on Twitter @neodude.

*No mallards were harmed in the making of this photo.