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Grand Challenges Canada provides additional support to 14 innovations to assist low- and middle-income countries to keep women and children healthy during COVID-19 pandemic

Secondary health crisis expected with the loss of primary care for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health Toronto, November 17, 2020—Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), with funding from the Government of Canada, is increasing its investments in 14 innovative health and international development projects. Our support allows innovators to adapt their product to also provide novel, […]


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Grand Challenges Canada provides additional support to 14 innovations to assist low- and middle-income countries to keep women and children healthy during COVID-19 pandemic

Grand Challenges Canada, with funding from the Government of Canada, is increasing its investments in 14 health and international development projects. Our support allows innovators to adapt their product to also provide novel, affordable and locally sourced resources, ideas and solutions to acquire critical COVID-19 supplies and services for low-resource countries during the global pandemic. […]


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Grand Challenges Canada Announces First-Ever Winner of Rotman Innovation of The Year Award, Kenya’s Hewatele

Award created on the occasion of GCC’s 10th anniversary: More than a billion dollars leveraged to support over 1,300 innovations in 106 countries, resulting in 38,000 lives saved and 7.54 million lives improved to date with the potential to save 1.78 million lives and improve 64 million lives by 2030 Toronto, October 20, 2020—Grand Challenges […]


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How Four Saving Brains Innovators Are Responding to COVID-19

Saving Brains seeks bold ideas to promote health and nutrition, provide enrichment and nurturing and protect against maltreatment – the three components of healthy development that every child needs to thrive. Of great importance to Saving Brains is how to effectively integrate these needs and deliver them to the highest number of children in a […]


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Reflections from Grand Challenges Canada’s 2020 Summer Students

As another summer has come to an end, Grand Challenges Canada said goodbye to this year’s Summer Students. The Summer Students not only quickly adjusted to the new work-from-home reality but fearlessly went above and beyond their responsibilities. They developed gender equality case studies, organized an international ‘new methods for safe abortions’ hackathon, helped to […]


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International Safe Abortion Day: Safe Abortion via Telemedicine during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated inequalities in sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide. While the full impact of the pandemic on women and girls’ access to safe abortion is still unknown, the estimates are staggering. The Guttmacher Institute estimated that if 10% of women who would normally have a safe abortion instead […]


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Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace Mobilizes $32 Million USD For Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Innovations

• Innovation Marketplace, hosted at Grand Challenges Canada, leverages 10x initial investment over five years • Plans for renewal and growth to be revealed in 2021   Toronto, September 24, 2020 – The Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) Innovation Marketplace—a strategic alliance of global development innovation organizations including Grand Challenges Canada, the Norwegian Agency for […]


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Opening statement: Standing Committee on the Status of Women

Sara Wolfe, Director, Indigenous Innovation Initiative Grand Challenges Canada July 7, 2020   Introduction Ahnii. Bonjour. Good afternoon, Madam Chair and committee members. My name is Sara Wolfe and I am the Director of the Indigenous Innovation Initiative at Grand Challenges Canada. Thank you for inviting us to speak today on the gendered impacts of […]


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OPTions Hackathon: Inspiring new safe abortion methods

Access to safe abortion is fundamental to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. More than 25 million unsafe abortions occur annually, 97 percent of which occur in low- and middle-income countries. The right to choose when, and if, to have a child affects women’s and girls’ ability to pursue education, build […]


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Am I Indigenous?

Sara Wolfe        Jeff Cyr Am I Indigenous? This seemingly straightforward three-word question is, in truth, highly complex and fraught with history, often a traumatic history that was written by non-Indigenous people.  Canada’s legacy of colonization has made it even more complex—who, how and where we as Indigenous people are identified shifts and […]


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