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World Youth Skills Day Spotlight: How South African and Kenyan Innovators Support Youth Mental Health Through Skills Building

Resilience and coping strategies are crucial for navigating mental health challenges. Adolescence and young adulthood bring various stressors that impact wellbeing, such as social media pressures, academic stress, economic challenges, and global crises. Equipping youth with skills to understand and maintain their mental health, and support their peers, is essential. This World Youth Skills Day, […]


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Safari Doctors: Bridging Healthcare Gaps in Remote Kenyan Villages

Reflections from Suhas Monga , Portfolio Manager, Global Health Innovation at Grand Challenges Canada During a recent visit to the Lamu Archipelago, Suhas Monga, Global Health Innovation Portfolio Manager at Grand Challenges Canada, witnessed firsthand the transformative work of Safari Doctors, an organization dedicated to providing essential healthcare services to some of Kenya’s most remote […]


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Revitalizing Global Health: WHO and IDIA Extend Partnership to Scale Innovations

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) have extended their Collaborative Agreement until the end of 2025 to accelerate the scaling of health innovations. This partnership combines WHO’s ability to identify public health needs with IDIA’s network of innovation funders, aiming to promote and implement impactful innovations in low- and […]


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How Maziwa’s Wema Breast Pump Is Changing Work, Money, and Life for Women in Kenya

Innovations can play a pivotal role in transforming the lives of women around the globe. One such innovation making waves in Kenya is the Wema breast pump by Maziwa. This affordable device not only empowers women economically but also brings about significant social changes in the lives of mothers.  According to Maziwa, 60% of women […]


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The Indigenous Innovation Initiative welcomes two experienced leaders to the team

Grand Challenges Canada is excited to welcome two experienced leaders to lead the Indigenous Innovation Initiative (I3) team. Julie Williams was appointed as the Director of I3 and Kathryn Manners joined as the Deputy Director. Julie Williams, Director of the Indigenous Innovation Initiative Julie is Ojibway from Rama/Mnjikaning First Nation and is a member of […]


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Grand Challenges Canada receives USD $10M grant from the LEGO Foundation for Inclusive Learning in Crisis Settings

The LEGO Foundation announced a USD $10M grant to Grand Challenges Canada today to support Inclusive Learning in Crisis Settings, a new humanitarian grand challenge focused on supporting locally-led innovations for early childhood development and education in emergency settings.


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Max Foundation wins Grand Challenges Canada’s Rotman Innovation of the Year Award

Max Foundation has been awarded the CAD $10,000 Rotman Innovation of the Year Award for their work to ensure healthy growth for children in Bangladesh.


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Grand Challenges Canada and South African Medical Research Council nominate 40+ new innovations for funding awards in climate change and health

At COP28 in Dubai, Grand Challenges Canada CEO Dr. Karlee Silver announced that 40+ new innovations have been nominated for funding awards for their work on the impact of climate change and health. Selected innovations will receive up to $150,000 CAD that address health effects of climate change in low-and middle-income countries, with a focus on communicable diseases, nutrition security, mental health, heat stress and more.


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Global Perspectives on Working with LGBTQIA+ Communities: Addressing Youth Mental Health

Mental health challenges contribute to over 10% of the global disease burden, three-quarters of which occurs in low- and middle-income countries. LGBTQIA+ youth are more than twice as likely to face mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety and substance abuse, than their heterosexual counterparts. Recently, four GCC-funded innovators from the Global Mental Health portfolio spoke […]


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Grand Challenges Canada Welcomes Two Accomplished Global Health Leaders

— Mercy Mwangangi joins GCC’s board and Dr. Joseo Rono joins the Investment Committee — September 25, 2023 (Toronto, Canada) – Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) is thrilled to announce the appointment of two distinguished global health leaders, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi and Dr. Josea Rono. They both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the […]


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