Overview of Our Programs

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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A smartphone EEG to diagnose seizure disorders in Bhutan


Institution
University of Ottawa
Implementation Country
Bhutan
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Transitioning Mental Health Interventions for War-Affected Youth to Scale through Youth Employment Programs in Sierra Leone


Institution
Archdiocesan Development Office (ADDO) Caritas Freetown
Implementation Country
Sierra Leone
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Humanitarian Grand Challenge

The United States Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and Grand Challenges Canada have launched Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge. This challenge seeks to fund and accelerate solutions that enable life-saving or life-improving assistance to reach the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people in conflict-generated humanitarian crises.

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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.

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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
The Governing Council of the 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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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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Improving Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health of Denotified and Nomadic Tribes


Institution
All India Institute of Local Self-Government
Implementation Country
India
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Bringing affordable, eco-friendly menstrual health products to rural Rwanda


Institution
Sustainable Health Ventures LTD
Implementation Country
Rwanda
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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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Related Innovations


Bundled water and sanitation services for Laguna’s informal settlements


Institution
Laguna AAA Water Corporation
Implementation Country
Philippines
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Pivot Works: Converting the human waste of Rwanda’s capital city into renewable fuel


Institution
Waste Enterprises Holding (WEH)
Implementation Country
Rwanda
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