To improve health of women and girls in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Central America, Grand Challenges Canada and partners launch or scale-up 18 projects, bring Canada's new Feminist International Assistance Policy to life.
Toronto - Grand Challenges Canada today announced 18 projects extending innovative forms of health-related lifelines to some of humanity's most acutely impoverished, neglected and vulnerable women and girls, supported by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.
Five projects funded under new "Urban Sanitation Challenge" address dangers of inadequate sanitation worldwide, which disproportionately affect women, girls
Affordable toilets with innovative self-closing trap door minimize odors, insects; contribute to LIXIL's goal of improved sanitation for 100 million people by end of 2020
Canadian Government-funded Harvard study also estimates poor child growth results in children losing out on 69 million years of educational attainment per birth year Investing in better childhood growth would yield threefold return
Toronto, ON, Boston, MA - Early life growth faltering in low- and middle-income countries results in a US $176.8 billion reduction in potential career earnings for children born each year, according to new Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health research funded by Grand Challenges Canada.
Six evidence-based projects in developing world to scale-up with Canadian government help;
CDN$4.1 million matched by partners creates total investment of $8.7 million To date: 100,000+ people reached by Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Mental Health program, 10,000+ treated
In trial, Kenya’s traditional healers and community health workers refer 1,600 to clinics, 500 diagnoses result;
Zimbabwe’s low-cost ‘Friendship Bench’ has powerful impact reducing depression
*Canadian Government-funded researchers text weekly sex health information to 300 female students; 67% get HIV test within six months vs. 51% of control group students *