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Canadian-led project saves lives in Somalia through innovative solar-powered oxygen system

U of A researchers team with Grand Challenges Canada and World Health Organization to bring a life-saving project to a Somalian conflict zone. (Edmonton, AB) On Feb. 5, minutes after she gave birth to her eighth child at the Hanaano General Hospital in Dusamareb, Somalia, 37-year-old Zahra’s* heart sank. Her doctor explained her baby had […]


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Indigenous Innovation Initiative announces first-ever grant recipients for gender equality program

$2.5 million of new seed investments in 10 innovation projects to advance Indigenous gender equality, in partnership with Women and Gender Equality Canada Toronto, May 5, 2021—The Indigenous Innovation Initiative—an Indigenous innovation platform hosted by Grand Challenges Canada—is proud to announce the inaugural grant recipients for its Advancing Indigenous Gender Equality through Innovation and Social […]


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Grand Challenges Canada thanks the Government of Canada for its continued support of our work in global health and humanitarian innovation

Canada’s largest impact-first investor receives renewed support through $200 million in grant agreement funding over seven years Toronto, April 7, 2021—Grand Challenges Canada—a Canadian not-for-profit organization, primarily funded by the Government of Canada, which invests in novel, local innovations that address critical global health, humanitarian and Indigenous community challenges in Canada and low-resource countries—would like […]


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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 appoints two noteworthy Board members to benefit from the values and wisdoms of local communities

Noted Franco-Manitoban Métis midwife Nathalie Pambrun and internationally renowned Senegalese scholar and scientist Dr. Awa Marie Coll Seck join board of Canadian impact-first investor Toronto, January 21, 2021—Grand Challenges Canada—a Canadian not-for-profit organization, primarily funded by the Government of Canada, which invests in novel, local innovations that address critical global health, humanitarian and Indigenous community […]


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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 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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