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IDW #4 – Too Little, Too Late – An Innovator’s Story

February 1 to February 7 marks International Development Week (IDW), celebrating Canada’s contribution to international development, especially in improving the health of women and children. The theme this year is “We are making a difference!” The entire week, Grand Challenges Canada will publish short success stories, showing how our Bold Ideas with Big impact are […]


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IDW #3 – Mobilizing Maternal Health in rural Kenya with e-vouchers and information technology

February 1 to February 7 marks International Development Week (IDW), celebrating Canada’s contribution to international development, especially in improving the health of women and children. The theme this year is “We are making a difference!” The entire week, Grand Challenges Canada will publish short success stories, showing how our Bold Ideas with Big impact are […]


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IDW #2 – Erasing the stigma around Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorders

February 1 to February 7 marks International Development Week (IDW), celebrating Canada’s contribution to international development, especially in improving the health of women and children. The theme this year is “We are making a difference!” The entire week, Grand Challenges Canada will publish short success stories, showing how our Bold Ideas with Big impact are […]


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IDW #1 – Improving mental health of caregivers of children with Nodding Syndrome

February 1 to February 7 marks International Development Week (IDW), celebrating Canada’s contribution to international development, especially in improving the health of women and children. The theme this year is “We are making a difference!” The entire week, Grand Challenges Canada will publish short success stories, showing how our Bold Ideas with Big impact are […]


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How an innovative smartphone EEG is transforming epilepsy in Bhutan

Walk the streets of Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and you will encounter Buddhist monks draped in floor-length red and orange robes, chatting away with ears pressed to cellphones.


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Rice duck farming – an early adopter’s story

Although Practical Action’s innovative rice duck farming is in its early days, we believe the innovation will benefit more farmers financially in the future.


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Our 2014 Summer Students – Their experience in their own words

We have recently launched our 2015 Summer Student Program. This is an excellent opportunity to look back at our team of students from 2014.


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A content analysis of Global Mental Health from a policy perspective

Marguerite Regan is the Knowledge Exchange officer for the Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN), concentrating on developing resources and methods to bridge the gap between the stakeholder groups within the global mental health sphere. This blog gives a background and summary of a report produced by the Overseas Development Institute, which characterizes mental health as […]


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No Sustainable Development Without Mental Health (and Vice Versa)

Ananda Galappatti is a medical anthropologist who has worked primarily with mental health and community services in the context of conflict, disaster and poverty in Sri Lanka. He is currently Director of Strategy at The Good Practice Group and an advisory board member of the Mental Health Innovation Network. His project in Sri Lanka received a […]


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The ‘Kangaroo mother care method’: the humanization of care of low birth weight or premature children

Dr. Nathalie Charpak is a pediatrician and the director of the Kangaroo Foundation. She received a grant for her  project in Colombia: ‘Randomized Open Controlled Trial on Kangraoo Mother Care versus Traditional Care for Low Birth Weight Infants: Patient Centered Outcomes at the Age of 18 years’. An alternative to the traditional method Four million children […]


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