Small bites, big threat: Canada joins the fight against vector-borne diseases, improving maternal and child health in developing nations

    April 6, 2014:

    April 7 is the World Health Day, themed Small bites; Big threats, highlighting vector-borne diseases. Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the Government of Canada, joins other global organizations in commemorating this day by highlighting its projects aimed at raising awareness about the threats posed by insect and arthropod vectors, as well as the protozoa, bacteria, viruses, and parasites they carry, collectively known as vector-borne diseases (VBD’s) . Read More

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    Improving access to care for people living with epilepsy in Laos

    March 25, 2014:

    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. Read More

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    Canadian-supported innovations fight tuberculosis in low and middle income countries

    March 23, 2014:

    TB remains a major global health problem. In 2012, an estimated 8.6 million people developed TB and 1.3 million died from the disease. It is second only to HIV/AIDS as the greatest killer worldwide that results from a single infectious agent. TB is a leading killer of people living with HIV, causing one fifth of all deaths. Over 95% of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Read More

  • World Water Day 2014

    Opening the tap of innovation to fight for safe and healthy water in developing countries

    March 21, 2014:

    Next time you open the water faucet, think for a minute about how much we take that flow of drinkable water for granted. If you are reading this in a high-resource country like Canada, the water that pours out of the tap is clean and perfectly safe to drink. Not only that, the water has been delivered right to your door. It is stored and transported in a safe, cost-effective and efficient way, and we focus on conserving our precious water for future generations. Read More

  • The Phone Oximeter - phone and sensor

    Taking the pulse of innovation, smart partnerships and public-private cooperation

    March 10, 2014:

    Grand Challenges Canada announced a $2 million private-public investment in the scale-up of LGTmedical’s Phone Oximeter, under a new $10 million partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). Andrew D. Taylor, Executive Vice President of Grand Challenges Canada and responsible for the Stars in Global Health and Transition to Scale programs, is sharing his thoughts about his personal involvement with this partnership and major investment. Read More

  • Show And Tell – Project dealing with youth and urban violence (Jamaica)

    Canada supports bold ideas to tackle family violence in developing countries

    March 7, 2014:

    March 8th is International Women’s Day. We celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of women, but it is also a moment to raise awareness about the many struggles of women worldwide. Family violence (often a synonym for violence against women) is – unfortunately – still a prevalent universal phenomenon. Our CEO, Dr. Peter A. Singer walks you through Grand Challenges Canada’s portfolio on Family Violence.

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    We care about what we measure and measure what we care about: Gates Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada partner on Saving Brains

    March 5, 2014:

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has joined the Saving Brains initiative by launching ‘Develop New Ways to Measure Fetal and Infant Brain Development’. Jeff Murray, Interim Deputy Director in Family Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Karlee Silver, VP Targeted Challenges, Grand Challenges Canada reflect on why investing in the early years of life in an effective way can result in healthy and productive members of our future society. Read More