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Humanitarian Action: Identifying Grand Challenges, Seizing Grand Opportunities

Humanitarian Grand Challenges will catalyze a pipeline of promising solutions to address the challenges that we face today and to be rapidly deployed against the unanticipated humanitarian challenges of tomorrow.


Angela Salomon, Abdallah Daar,
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Grand Challenges Canada helps bring clear sight to low-income workers in India

Low cost eyeglasses are an essential part of world health development. VisionSpring’s ambition is to drastically reduce the numbers of people whose vision is impaired because they don’t have access to a simple pair of eyeglasses.


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Flipping the Gap: Mental Health as a Development Priority

This World Mental Health Day, we celebrate the progress made in recognizing mental health as part of the global development agenda and in investing in global mental health. However, we need to do more in order to reach millions.


Karlee Silver, Ellen Morgan,
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How Solar Power and Advocacy Brightens Maternal and Newborn Health Care in Uganda

As Amref Health Africa and its partners learned through a three-year project funded by the Saving Lives at Birth partnership, the availability of light at health care centres can have a cascading effect leading to important policy and behavioural changes that are vital to sustaining lasting improvements in maternal, newborn, and child health.


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Cities Need More than Just Seats: Making Sanitation Safe for Women and Children

Technology and business innovations are emerging that promise to help cities address the tremendous health threat of safe waste management.


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A Grand Challenges Approach to Tackling Zika

The Zika virus, transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, has become an epidemic designated by the World Health Organization as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.The effects of the disease are becoming increasingly known.


Angela Salomon
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Empowering Women and Girls by Investing in Menstrual Health

Grand Challenges Canada’s goal in menstrual hygiene management is to improve the lives of women and girls in low- and middle-income countries through improved health (including mental health), educational outcomes, empowerment and dignity.


Leeat Weinstock
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Summer Students 2016

Welcome 2016 Summer Students!

With the first week of May comes the return of the Grand Challenges Canada Summer Student Program.


Aylin Manduric
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A crisis within a crisis: mental health in humanitarian contexts

Building on Canada’s commitment to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable, Canada through Grand Challenges Canada is beginning to tackle this hidden crisis through innovation.


Ellen Morgan
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Grand Challenges Canada and ‘Gender Lens Investing’

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the social, economic and political achievement of women, and pledge to take action to accelerate gender parity.


Jonathan Hera
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