Grand Challenges Canada announces $7.9 million investment in support of women’s empowerment, sexual and reproductive health and rights, water and sanitation, and global mental health in India.
New Delhi, India / Toronto, Canada – Grand Challenges Canada today announced an investment of up to $7.9 million in 40 health innovations in India, supported by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada and complemented by contributions of dozens of partners, creating a total investment of up to $12.3 million.*
Three of the projects will empower vulnerable, low-income women and girls in rural villages in India, and protect and preserve their human dignity, through innovative approaches to improving menstrual health:
“We thank the Government of Canada for its commitment to supporting innovative solutions focused on vulnerable populations and empowering women and girls. Canada’s ongoing global leadership supporting women and girls in low- and middle-income countries will help drive progress toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal Five: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”
– Dr. Peter A. Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada
Girls without access to menstrual health information and products face shame and miss school or drop out altogether because of their period, putting them at a financial and educational disadvantage compared to boys.
Other projects supported by today’s announcement will provide support to women entrepreneurs, promote better nutrition for young women and mothers, and improve the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls in India. 8 of the projects are scaling up through large, “Transition to Scale” investments, having already successfully demonstrated ways to improve health.
Grand Challenges Canada applauds the Government of Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy, which applies a human rights approach and advances gender equality to promote equal rights for women and girls as the most effective way to reduce poverty.
Grand Challenges Canada and the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology are partners in the global family of Grand Challenges initiatives, fostering innovation to solve key health and development problems.
*A subset of these projects is subject to final negotiations.
This News Release was originally posted on the Grand Challenges Canada website.
February 23, 2018
Grand Challenges Canada
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