Global Health is a priority for Grand Challenges Canada because we believe improving and ensuring equal access to health for all people worldwide will improve and save lives, and transform communities. Our focus is to empower innovators who are closest to the world’s health challenges because they have the knowledge and are best positioned to develop lasting solutions. Grand Challenges Canada has identified seven areas as having the greatest potential for impact using innovation: maternal, newborn and child health; early childhood development; mental health; safe abortion; sexual and reproductive health; sanitation; and gender equality. We are connecting innovators to funding, networks and resources they would otherwise not have to develop bold ideas, test them, and transition to innovations that make a profound difference.
Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 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.
The Indigenous Innovation Initiative aims to remedy resource gaps and assist in building capacity within Indigenous communities by supporting Indigenous peoples to become innovators and entrepreneurs, so they can solve complex challenges in their communities. This includes providing funding to launch Indigenous innovations and transition the most promising innovations to scale, for the benefit of all Canadians. We believe Indigenous innovators will use their knowledge and self-determination to solve challenges in areas such as mental health, housing, economic development, climate action and youth employment in their communities.