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

uarding the general health of children in farming villages through up-to-date immunizations."

  • Creating wealth from human waste in cholera-troubled Haiti
    (for photos: http://bit.ly/X8vwNu; video: http://bit.ly/RBbN38)

    The recent cholera outbreak in Haiti heightened both awareness of the problem's cause and demand for better sanitation services -- a tough challenge in environments without reliable running water. Meanwhile, national demand for farm and forest compost is high.

    Hoping to capitalize on those twin realities, a Haitian group will build in urban slums the first new $200, waterless "EcoSan" toilets that produce revenue-generating compost, with hopes of inspiring entrepreneurs to replicate the project throughout Haiti and around the world, where 2.5 billion people lack sanitation access.

    The project will document the number of toilets built and people receiving sanitation services, quantity of compost produced, sales and the outcomes of tests for pathogens and nutrients.

  • A $100 kitchen reno to reduce indoor pollution and problem pregnancies in Bangladesh
    (for video: http://bit.ly/THAPNQ)

    The International Energy Agency estimates that biomass fuels such as wood and dung will continue providing 30% of global energy in resource-poor settings though 2050.

    Exposure to smoke from biomass cooking fuels, however, is known to cause placental dysfunction and is highly associated with low birth-weight babies in developing countries. Part of the solution could be a locally-made, simple prefabricated "$100 kitchen" featuring a clean-combustion stove.

    Researchers in Bangladesh will conduct a randomized controlled trial with 430 willing mothers, 2 to 3 months pregnant, half of whom will use the innovative, well-v
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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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