Four Bold Ideas with Big Impact nominated for scale-up grants of up to
Ten projects awarded $270,000, including one to reduce harm to brains of
pre-term babies caused by pain of multiple daily hospital needles,
TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the
Government of Canada, today extended a total of $10.1 million to 14
bold, creative projects aimed at improving the early brain development
of kids in low-resource countries.
Projects in Jamaica, Colombia, Bangladesh and Indonesia are scale-up
award nominees (board-approved grants up to CDN $2 million, pending
successful contract negotiations).
Seed grants of CDN $270,000 each are given to seven organizations
overseas -- in Vietnam (2 grants), Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Zambia and
Peru. And three seed grants are given to Canadian organizations: the
Hospital for Sick Kids, Toronto (two grants), and the University Health
All 14 projects will be implemented in developing countries: five in
Africa, six in Asia and three in Latin America and the Caribbean.
"Impoverished brains result in impoverished countries," says Dr. Peter
A. Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada. "For a
wide range of sad, all-too-familiar and preventable reasons, an
estimated 200 million children under 5 years old in the world's 112
low- and middle-income countries will fail to reach their brain's full
"These projects illustrate well the success of our search for 'bold
ideas with big impact' pioneering new approaches worldwide to maximize
the number of kids in low-resource countries who achieve and contribute
to their fullest capabilities." Dr. Singer added.
Says Mrs. Laureen Harper, honourary chairperson of the program: "The
Grand Challenges Canada Saving Brains program is designed to help
millions of children in developing countries who fail to reach their
full development potential due to such factors as malnutrition,
infection, birth complications, or a lack of nurturing and stimulation
at an early age."
Says the Honourable Christian Paradis, Canadian Minister of
International Development and Minister for La Francophonie: "Our
Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Harper, is committed
to advancing the health of the world's most vulnerable mothers,
newborns and children. We are proud to partner with Grand Challenges
Canada to find innovative solutions to the most pressing global health
challenges. The Saving Brains program is just one example of how
innovation can help improve the lives of children in their earliest
For the full version of this News Release, a complete listing of
projects by institution and country, and more information on all
grants, please visit
The Grand Challenges Canada Saving Brains Program promotes fulfillment
of human capital potential by focusing on interventions that nurture
brain development in the first 1,000 days of life. The goal of the
Saving Brains program is to unlock the potential of children by
developing and scaling up products, services and policies that protect
and nurture early brain development in an equitable and sustainable
manner. Almost CDN $30 million has been committed to date. In addition
to projects, the Saving Brains program is investing in an authoritative
quantification of the economic impact and true costs of poverty-related
risk factors for cognitive and human capital development.
Grand Challenges Canada invites global, regional and corporate partners
committed to enabling innovation for early brain development to join us
in Saving Brains.
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SOURCE: Grand Challenges Canada
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