Overview of Our Programs

Stars in Global Health

The Stars in Global Health program supports Bold Ideas with Big Impact® from the best and brightest scientists and innovators, both in low- and middle-income countries and in Canada, to address some of the most pressing global health challenges. It provides funding to explore transformative ideas at proof-of-concept that bring together scientific/technical, social and business innovation.

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Health interventions of street food vendors in Bangladesh for strengthening street food safety


Institution
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B)
Implementation Country
Bangladesh
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Transition To Scale

The goal of Grand Challenges Canada’s Transition to Scale program is to support innovators from Canada and from low- and middle-income countries who are positioned to take their bold ideas to big impact in the area of global health. Through the Transition To Scale program, Grand Challenges Canada brokers smart partnerships that mobilize private capital and domestic public resources to generate scalable and sustainable solutions that deliver measurable social impact.

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Helping People with Hearing Loss in the Developing World


Institution
World Wide Hearing Foundation International (WWHFI)
Implementation Country
Guatemala, Kenya
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Life-changing health kits for mothers and newborns


Institution
AYZH Health and Livelihood Private Limited
Implementation Country
India
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Saving Lives at Birth

Grand Challenges Canada, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have joined together to support Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development. Together, we call for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of childbirth.

Saving Lives at Birth 7th Call for Innovations

United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada), UK’s Department of International Development (DFID), and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have joined together to launch the seventh round of Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development.

Through a rigorous review process, we will identify and support transformational, scalable approaches that advance equity and quality of care to dramatically – and sustainably – reduce deaths and poor birth outcomes for vulnerable women and newborns in the hardest to reach communities of the world. These audacious but achievable ideas with the potential for high-return will be swiftly funded through one of three streams:

  1. Seed Funds to develop and assess the feasibility of innovative ideas,
  2. Validation Funds to introduce and validate the effectiveness of innovations to reach proof-of-concept, and
  3. Transition Funds to transition innovations with demonstrated proof-of-concept toward scale up.

Application Deadline: February 24, 2017

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Saving Brains

Saving Brains supports bold ideas to improve early brain and child development globally.  The portfolio focuses on three areas of healthy development (health & nutrition, enrichment and protection) that, when addressed together, set up a child to reach his or her full potential.

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Chamas for Change: Mother-Child Clubs in Kenya


Institution
University of Toronto
Implementation Country
Kenya
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Better parenting skills, air, water and hygiene to improve early child development in rural Peru


Institution
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Implementation Country
Peru
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Global Mental Health

Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Mental Health program supports bold ideas to improve treatments and expand access to care for mental disorders, through transformational, aff­ordable and cost-e­ffective innovations that have the potential to be sustainable at scale.

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Farm Radio International: Addressing Youth Depression in Malawi and Tanzania


Institution
Farm Radio International
Implementation Country
Malawi, Zambia
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Addressing maternal depression in the violence-wracked mountains of Pakistan


Institution
Human Development Research Foundation
Implementation Country
Pakistan
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