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Over 1000 people gathered at Semarang's Car-Free Day to commemorate World Alzheimer's Month during September 2014

Raising Awareness to Improve the Lives of People with Alzheimer’s Disease

For World Alzheimer’s Day 2015, read how OnTrackMedia Indonesia, with the support of Grand Challenges Canada, is kickstarting Alzheimer’s awareness in Indonesia.


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TakaTaka Solutions: How innovation in recycling saves water and lives

TakaTaka Solutions, a social enterprise supported by Grand Challenges Canada, has developed an innovative model to tackle Nairobi’s waste management problem.


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Innovating with water to solve Bangladesh’s twin crises

This week, thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations from around the world are gathering in Stockholm for World Water Week. The theme, Water for Development, reflects water’s prominence on the global development agenda.


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Canada is funding innovations to improve water quality in the developing world

As we mark World Water Week (August 23 to 28, 2015) to discuss the world’s water issues, we are faced with a few facts: technology has advanced to a point where there are more mobile devices than humans, yet 750 million people (roughly 1 in 9 people) lack access to safe water.


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Women carrying water in Myanmar

Canada is supporting innovations to improve water quality in the developing world

“An estimated 663 million people drink water from unimproved sources, and millions more drink contaminated water from improved sources.”


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Text Messages to Improve Health Outcomes among Internal Migrant Women in Vietnam

Every year in Vietnam, thousands of young people leave their homes in the rural areas of the country and migrate to urban centres such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to find work in factories, manufacturing products such as electronics, garments, footwear and textiles for export.


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Helping women in Bangladesh to combine working with breastfeeding

World Breastfeeding Week 2015, from August 1 to 7, will mark the 22nd anniversary of the Mother-Friendly Workplace Initiative (MFWI). Conceived by the World Breastfeeding Association, the campaign rightly positions the combination of women’s ‘productive and reproductive roles’ as ‘a health issue, an economic issue, a labour issue, and a human rights issue.’


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Partnering for Impact at Scale

Grand Challenges Canada and the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) co-hosted the conference “Solving the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health: Partnering for Impact at Scale” in Toronto, Canada in June.


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Welcoming the 2015 Grand Challenges Canada Summer Students

Summer means longer days, warmer weather, and the start of the Grand Challenges Canada 2015 Summer Student Program.


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Embracing innovation to treat and reintegrate Obstetric Fistula patients in Uganda

In Africa, Music, Dance and Drama (MDD) connotes courage, victory and heroism. It is also used to treat trauma and stigma. MDD is food to the ear and medicine for the soul. In African tradition, it is a perfect way to communicate and relevant to the people’s culture. Yet, the international obstetric fistula community has not utilized MDD to reach its objectives.


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