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Inspired: Canada funds 68 bold, inventive ways to improve health, save lives in developing countries
Date:11/22/2012

alth innovation so they're focused on getting results," said Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. "We support Grand Challenges Canada's Stars in Global Health so these innovators can apply their talents and further efforts to make the world a healthier and safer place."

"This is the largest pipeline of bold ideas in global health from innovators worldwide, and shows unequivocally that poor countries can be rich in ideas about how to improve the health of their people," says Dr. Peter A. Singer, CEO of Grand Challenges Canada. "Grand Challenges Canada is proud to support these extraordinary innovators because they will make a difference to so many lives."

Each of the innovators, selected from over 250 applicants, will receive a grant of $100,000 to develop their innovations. If their ideas prove effective, the innovators will be eligible for an additional Grand Challenges Canada scale-up funding of $1 million.

Today's grants include:

  • Hitching a ride on Coca-Cola's distribution chain to get medicines to 'the ends of the Earth'
    (for images, http://bit.ly/SKKMcs; cutlines /credits http://bit.ly/UByrwH; video: http://bit.ly/W6hYfs)

    Researchers from Antara Global Health Advisors and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, working with UNICEF and RuralNet Associates, will study how piggy-backing essential anti-diarrhea kits for infants on the highly developed Coca-Cola supply system in Zambia might improve "last mile delivery" in low and middle-income countries.

    The effort is spearheaded by the organization ColaLife and delivered by local partners.

  • High-tech wristband monitors to save lives of remote moms and newborns
    (for video: http://bit.ly/T2mCh9
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Contact: Terry Collins
tc@tca.tc
416-538-8712
Sandra Rotman Centre for Global Health

Lyn Whitham
lyn.whitham@grandchallenges.ca
647-281-7182
Grand Challenges Canada


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