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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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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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