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Protecting children with cerebral malaria from death or long-term cognitive impairment

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Volumetric differences seen in the brains of mice treated with anti-malarials with rosiglitazone compared to mice treated with anti-malarials alone.

On World Malaria Day I would like to celebrate the successes of the global efforts to control and eliminate malaria that have significantly reduced malaria mortality worldwide. I would also like to note that despite all these great efforts, well over half a million people, mostly children under the age of 5, died of the disease last year. This is an unacceptably high number.

Improving access to care for people living with epilepsy in Laos

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Epilepsy is one of the most frequently occurring neurological diseases worldwide. There are around 70 million people living with epilepsy (PWE) in the world. The stigmatization and discrimination are very common in PWE. Epilepsy has an important impact on the life of those with PWE and their families. Sufferers from epilepsy may fear what people might think of them if they have a seizure in public. The goal should be to significantly raise awareness about epilepsy among the population. World Epilepsy Day (March 26) is an important event that could improve understanding about epilepsy.

Sustainable cross-cultural innovation leads to safer labour and delivery of newborns in India

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Nurses Interpreting a Partograph. Karnataka, India

Stella Luk is the India Country Director for Dimagi, a software company that aims to deliver open and innovative technology to help under-served communities everywhere. Dimagi is the recipient of a grant in our Stars in Global Health program. A member of her team attended the Global Health Innovation Round Table, organized by Grand Challenges Canada during the State Visit to India of Governor General David Johnston.

Fostering a community of innovators to inspire and empower a generation

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During his State Visit to India, Governor General David Johnston attended the Global Health Innovation Round Table, organized by Grand Challenges Canada. He met with innovators and government representatives on the theme of innovation and global health challenges. Dr. Vishwajeet Kumar was one of our innovators who joined the discussion and shares his thoughts.

Let’s talk about global mental health

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January 28, 2014, is Bell Let’s Talk Day. This landmark anti-stigma campaign, run by phone and media company Bell, gets Canadians talking about mental health. So far, Bell has donated over $60 million to community mental health initiatives and hospitals in Canada. Many low- and middle-income countries can only dream of that sort of money coming into mental health. Dr. Kwame McKenzie (CAMH, UofT) invites us to reflect on the global situation.

Tips for a Strong Proposal

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As Grand Challenges Canada summer interns, Jo-Ann Osei-Twum and Ashley Teo have had the privilege of reviewing funded projects in the Stars in Global Health portfolio. With time, trends began to emerge as to what made for a strong and successful proposal. With round 7 of the Stars in Global Health competition recently announced, they are sharing some insights with applicants: tips for a strong Stars in Global Health proposal.

Xcelerator Blog 2: Operationalizing – Context Analysis and Strategy Mapping

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Context analysis is a method to analyze the environment in which innovations must be utilized by users and start-up efforts must operate. This is just one of the tools teams learn to effectively measure risks, test assumptions, secure resources, and build relationships with the individuals and institutions that will be the recipients of their innovations.