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83 global health innovations receive Grand Challenges Canada funding
Date:11/21/2013

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today extends seed grants of $100,000 each to 83 inventive new ideas for addressing health problems in resource-poor countries.

The Grand Challenges Canada "Stars in Global Health" program seeks breakthrough and affordable innovations that could transform the way disease is treated in the developing world -- innovations that may benefit the health of developed world citizens as well.

Of the 83 grants announced today, 50 are given to innovators in 15 low- and middle-income nations worldwide and 33 to Canadian-originated projects, to be implemented in a total of 30 countries throughout the developing world.

Example projects:

  • High-tech "diagnostic diapers" with a fabric strip that signals deadly rotavirus
  • A simple rolling water barrel with a lawn mower-type handle
  • A vaccine based on a newly-discovered antibody in men that prevents malaria infection in the placenta
  • A Litmus paper-like test to detect bronchitis
  • A simple sticker applied to healthcare facility surfaces that turns colour to signal the need for cleaning
  • A storytelling approach to improving maternal health -- Mothers Telling Mothers-to-be about their healthcare experiences, recorded and shared via video to encourage more pregnant women to get medical care
  • A novel, easy-to-use way to reduce newborn deaths and disability from asphyxia caused by birthing attendants' inability to use current devices
  • A mobile phone-based tool to help healthcare providers and supervisors of varying skill levels support newborn deliveries
  • A device enabling small scale flour millers to fortify their products with iron and vitamin A
  • Repellent-impregnated footwear material and clothing to deter mosquito bites, and a plaster smear for rural mud-huts that safely incorporates insecticides
  • Low-cost, washable cloth menstrual kits for up to one year's use, increasing rural acce
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Contact: Terry Collins
tc@tca.tc
416-538-8712

Lode Roels
lode.roels@grandchallenges.ca
416-673-6570
647-328-2021

Grand Challenges Canada


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