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Stars in SRHR: KadAfrica

Stars in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights request for proposals open

Toronto, Canada – Grand Challenges Canada is excited to launch Stars in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (Stars in Global Health Round 10) on Tuesday July 31, 2018. Sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Investing in sexual and reproductive health is cost effective […]

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Saving Brains: Innovation in Early Childhood Development

In 2011, Grand Challenges Canada launched Saving Brains: a grand challenge to increase human capital in low- and middle-income countries by sourcing and supporting bold ideas to support healthy brain development in the youngest and most vulnerable children. As of mid-2018, we have supported a broad portfolio of 115 innovation projects in 30 countries testing […]

Karlee Silver
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Top 10 Humanitarian Grand Challenges Announced

Nature publishes list of humanitarian experts’ key priorities for unmet needs in global humanitarian crises Toronto, 11 July 2018 – A list of the Top 10 Grand Challenges in Humanitarian Aid has been published in the journal Nature, based on consultation with a global panel of humanitarian experts. The list calls for increased assistance to […]

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Grand Challenges Canada's Summer Students 2018

Meet Grand Challenges Canada’s 2018 Summer Students

The end of a long, cold winter marks the start of warmer and brighter days for the Grand Challenges Canada office with the arrival of this year’s summer students! The students are thrilled to be working alongside each other on various initiatives, and have already made a second home in the office. This year they […]

Niha Shamim
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Chris Houston, Program Manager, Humanitarian Grand Challenge

Very few donors fund humanitarian innovation, but there are plenty of ideas out there

By Chris Houston, Senior Program Officer, Humanitarian Grand Challenges. People affected by humanitarian crisis have the best understanding of the problems affecting them and will probably have the best solutions to those problems. In February, we launched Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge, in partnership with USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance […]

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Mystery patients are exposing gaps in the quality of tuberculosis care around the world

The success of Dr. Madhukar Pai’s project to use simulated patient actors to assess the quality of tuberculosis care in clinics and regional health care facilities demonstrates the value of making early investments in transformative ideas.

Liam Brown
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Meet Grand Challenges Canada’s 2017 Summer Students

The future looks bright for the Grand Challenges Canada team with the arrival of their 2017 summer students.

Mariah McCrank
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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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