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Inspired: Canada funds 68 bold, inventive ways to improve health, save lives in developing countries

n waste collection effort will unclog drainage systems, reducing water borne diseases and breeding sites for mosquitoes. It will benefit as well the health of ecologically-sensitive Lake Victoria. And, project leaders say, the concept can easily be scaled and transferred to comparable urban areas throughout Africa.

"Canada is enabling bold ideas which can have big impact," said Joseph L. Rotman, Chair of Grand Challenges Canada. "This program is about what can happen if the ideas of early career innovators are vigorously supported. It is about the Government of Canada enabling young innovators in developing countries to solve their own problems."

The 17 Canadian-based research projects receiving $100,000 grants include:

  • Vancouver: Dr. Christian Kastrup will mimic rocket technology to propel coagulant nanoparticles into the bloodstream and stop maternal bleeding, a major cause of death in the developing world. (

  • Vancouver: Dr. Robin Evans is developing a Burn Survival Kit, a high-tech solution to burn victims. The innovation is being tested in Uganda where often burns are untreated or mistreated. This unique kit will include a low-cost silver nanotubule dressing so that the treatment is affordable. (

  • Edmonton: Dr. Julianne Gibbs-Davis is creating a unique approach to diagnosing TB. It involves extracting DNA from the infected persons TB bacteria and does not require the usual temperature recycling that is expensive and difficult to implement in low resource settings. (

  • Hamilton: Dr. Leyla Soleymani is also tackling the rising incidence in developing countries of multi-drug resistant TB with a hand-held, solar rechargeable, inexpensive diagnostic device for rapid assessme

Contact: Terry Collins
Sandra Rotman Centre for Global Health

Lyn Whitham
Grand Challenges Canada


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