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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Portfolio


The Friendship Bench


Institution
University of Zimbabwe
Implementation Country
Zimbabwe
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The Biaber Project


Institution
International Governance Associates Inc.
Implementation Country
Ethiopia
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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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Portfolio


A mile for the brain in providing access to enhanced foods to children in rural Kenya


Institution
Global Integration and Innovation Africa
Implementation Country
Kenya
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Testing the added benefits of pregnancy ultrasound for child development


Institution
University of the Witwatersrand
Implementation Country
South Africa
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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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Portfolio


The Preemie-Test: Prematurity detection by light


Institution
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz - FIOCRUZ
Implementation Country
Brazil, Mozambique
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SBOX: Single-serve “pod” suppository-maker to be used in the field


Institution
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz - FIOCRUZ
Implementation Country
Brazil, Mozambique
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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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Portfolio


Providing affordable and reliable health products and services in rural areas via a network of micro-entrepreneurs


Institution
Healthy Entrepreneurs Uganda
Implementation Country
Congo, Dem. Rep., Uganda
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HappyTap: Scaling up commercial distribution of an innovative hygiene solution


Institution
WaterSHED-Cambodia
Implementation Country
Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam
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