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A content analysis of Global Mental Health from a policy perspective

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Marguerite Regan is the Knowledge Exchange officer for the Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN), concentrating on developing resources and methods to bridge the gap between the stakeholder groups within the global mental health sphere. This blog gives a background and summary of a report produced by the Overseas Development Institute, which characterizes mental health as […]

No Sustainable Development Without Mental Health (and Vice Versa)

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Ananda Galappatti is a medical anthropologist who has worked primarily with mental health and community services in the context of conflict, disaster and poverty in Sri Lanka. He is currently Director of Strategy at The Good Practice Group and an advisory board member of the Mental Health Innovation Network. His project in Sri Lanka received a […]

The ‘Kangaroo mother care method’: the humanization of care of low birth weight or premature children

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Dr. Nathalie Charpak is a pediatrician and the director of the Kangaroo Foundation. She received a grant for her  project in Colombia: ‘Randomized Open Controlled Trial on Kangraoo Mother Care versus Traditional Care for Low Birth Weight Infants: Patient Centered Outcomes at the Age of 18 years’. An alternative to the traditional method Four million children […]

How the Solar Powered Oxygen innovation saved a baby boy in Uganda

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Benson breathing Solar Powered Oxygen

Michael Hawkes is a clinician-scientist and pediatric infectious disease consultant at the University of Alberta (Stollery Children’s Hospital). His research interests include pediatric pneumonia and malaria. He runs projects in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. On November 12, the world comes together to raise awareness about Pneumonia, the leading infectious killer of children […]

The Friendship Bench – Relieving the burden of common mental disorders in Zimbabwe

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Dixon Chibanda (University of Zimbabwe) was awarded a grant under Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Mental Health program, for his ‘Friendship Bench Project’. The Global Mental Health program seeks to improve treatments and expand access to mental health care in low- and middle-income countries.  During the recent Grand Challenges Canada Community Meeting, I was able to […]

How do we measure the value of Grand Challenges?

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Dr. Steven Buchsbaum is Deputy Director, Discovery & Translational Sciences, Global Health Program of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We use Grand Challenges to seek new knowledge or new concepts that will lead to interventions that would not otherwise have occurred or that would not have occurred as quickly without our investment. Inherent in this […]

The Grand Challenges Approach can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

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Dr. Peter A. Singer is Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada. Dr. Steven Buchsbaum is Deputy Director, Discovery & Translational Sciences, Global Health Program of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. David Ferguson is Director, Center for Development Innovation, USAID. Did you ever have the feeling you know two friends who would be perfect together? […]

Innovative ideas to help lessen the burden of mental health conditions on youth

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On August 12, 2014, the World is celebrating International Youth Day. The theme this year is ‘Youth and Mental Health’. According to the United Nations, 20% of the world’s youth (ages 15 to 24) is experiencing a mental health condition. With a population of approximately 1.2 billion, that’s over 280 million young people from around the world. Despite the scope of this problem, and perhaps in part because of it, 4 out of 5 (80%) of these youth do not receive the care, treatment or services they need.