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Grand Challenges Canada announces innovative rising stars in global health
Date:6/29/2011

From a tattoo that delivers drugs to combat the debilitating and disfiguring leishmaniasis disease; to solar powered tablets to train women in Haiti on HIV prevention; to a rugged, reliable fetal heart monitor that doesn't require electricity in order to save babies' lives in Africa, Canadian innovators demonstrate creativity, bold ideas and big hearts in the quest to make a difference in the developing world and save lives.

Today Grand Challenges Canada announces 19 grants totalling more than $2 million to Canadian innovators in the first phase of its Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health initiative.

The 19 projects being funded (detailed at www.grandchallenges.ca/canadianrisingstars_round1grantees):

  • Using mobile phone text messaging to reduce maternal and infant deaths in remote areas in China
  • Water and power: Energy-efficient water purification developed for point-of-care and scaled for public health
  • The use of a permanent make-up (or tattoo) device to target drug delivery against cutaneous leishmaniasis
  • mHealth for maternal and newborn health: Using mobile phones to support community health workers in kenya
  • Integration of pulse oximetry into the routine assessment of sick young infants at first-level clinics in Karachi, Pakistan
  • PPAR-gamma agonists for the treatment of cerebral malaria tweaking the host response to save brains
  • Saving mothers: Preventing maternal mortality in rural Africa
  • A primary care toolkit to tackle child labour and promote health equity
  • Egg-free production of influenza vaccines using viral sensitizer technology : A reliable and affordable solution for developing countries
  • To develop a synergistic, innovative, implementation strategy for self testing for HIV in South Africa.
  • A low-cost, multiplexed, point-of-care test for extra-pulmonary tuberculosis
  • The world's first
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Contact: Lyn Whitham
lyn.whitham@grandchallenges.ca
647-281-7182
McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health
Source:Eurekalert

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