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India & Canada Collaborate to Fund Health Innovations
Apr 25, 2015

The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India along with Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), funded by the Government of Canada, will partner an investment of $ 2.5 million in health innovations in India.

  • The innovations will be focusing on maternal, new born and child health and Kala Azar (Visceral Leishmaniasis) elimination.

  • While maternal, newborn and child health is a major challenge for the Government of India and Canada’s flagship development priority, India is one of the six countries that bear 90 percent of the global burden of Kala Azar.

  • Developing affordable innovations to mitigate disease burden is a major challenge for India. Partnering Canada allows India to tap into its combined capacity and strength to find solutions for disease control and improved maternal and child care.

  • GCC has also partnered with the National Council of Indo-Canadians to ensure engagement of Indian diaspora in Canada in the Grand Challenges partnership.

  • Through Grand Challenges Canada, the Canadian government is supporting innovative solutions to global health problems for those who need it the most.

  • These new bold ideas and renewed support for existing and scale-up innovations will make a difference in the lives of many people, including children. 

Saving Brains: Saving Brains is an initiative that promotes the fulfillment of human capital potential by focusing on interventions that nurture healthy child and brain development in the first 1,000 days of life, so children can reach their full potential.

Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and GCC will be supporting two innovative approaches to promote healthy brain development—pairing private resources with the Anganwadi programme and Kangaroo Mother Care for low birth weight infants in communities. 

One of them is a community-based model of Kangaroo Mother Care for improving child survival and brain development in Low Birth Weight newborns. 

The other is implementation of the International Guide for Monitoring Child Development (IGMCD), an individualised technology-aided approach to promoting early childhood development in a low income setting in Mumbai.


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