Grand Challenges Canada | Canada and India Announce Funding for Innovations to Improve Child Health

$2.5 Million Investment Package Through Grand Challenges Partnership Between Grand Challenges Canada and ‘Grand Challenges India’ Initiative of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India

Grand Challenges CanadaTORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – April 15, 2015) – Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, and the Grand Challenges India initiative of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, today announced an investment of $2.5 million (CAD) in five health innovations in India. Many of these novel projects aim to improve maternal, newborn and child health (known as ‘MNCH’), which is Canada’s flagship development priority, and a tremendous challenge for the Government of India.

This announcement builds on the Programme of Cooperation that was signed in February 2014 between Grand Challenges Canada and the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology, which was signed during the state visit to India of His Excellency Governor General David Johnston and Mrs. Sharon Johnston. That agreement promotes the development of long-term cooperation between Canada and India in the fields of global health, early child development, women and children’s health and mental health.


Saving Brains is a partnership of Grand Challenges Canada, Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Maria Cecila Souto Vidigal Foundation, Norlien Foundation, and World Vision Canada. It supports bold ideas to promote healthy brain development in the first 1000 days with lasting impact on human capital in low- and middle-income countries, so children and societies can reach their full potential.

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