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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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Canada supports innovations that address violence against women in developing countries

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, supports 12 innovative projects that address violence against women in the developing world.


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Canada is helping to make sure women in developing nations live to celebrate Mother’s Day

Every two minutes, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. This means that by the time you reach the end of this blog post, four women have died giving birth. Additionally, for every woman who dies in childbirth, around 20 more suffer injury, infection or disease – approximately 10 million women each […]


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Mother's Day story of Kristen (Canada) and Christian (Colombia)

To mark Mother’s Day (May 10th), CAN-MNCH (of which Grand Challenges Canada is a member) has hosted its annual ‘MOMmentum Mother’s Day Tea’ on Parliament Hill. A display of stories and images called ‘Through Her Eyes’ focused on the connection between Canadian mothers and mothers around the world who are impacted by Canadian contributions. To […]


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Mother’s Day story of Kristen (Canada) and Christian (Colombia)

Dr. Nathalie Charpak (an innovator supported by Grand Challenges Canada) is comparing the effects of Kangaroo Mother Care versus Traditional Care for Low Birth Weight Infants at the age of 18 years. To mark Mother’s Day (May 10th), CAN-MNCH (of which Grand Challenges Canada is a member) has hosted its annual ‘MOMmentum Mother’s Day Tea’ […]


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