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The Microcirculation Screening (MicroScreen) Project: Innovative Non-Invasive Point-of-Care Monitoring of Nutritional Status and Critical Health Conditions in Low-Resource Environments
In our project, we want to develop and validate a new software for rapid analysis of the sublingual microcirculation that is suitable for early detection of malnutrition in children and mothers and for identification of critically ill patients at risk for medical complications in the challenging environment of developing countries.
Dalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanadaEgypt, GhanaChristianLehmannchlehmann@dal.caPlease Contact usCory
Wireless-based biosensor network to detect mycotoxins in maize harvesting, storage and transportation
Mycotoxins contamination affects worldwide 25% of staple food and feed supply, resulting in serious health issues and revenue losses for farmers.Flex Alert Company partnered with Neoventures Biotechnology and NMAIST in Tanzania to develop biosensors integrated with internet based infrastructure allowing small maize farmers to manage this serious problem.
NeoVentures Biotechnology Inc.LondonCanadaTanzaniaJacekChrostowskipot@telfer.uottawa.caPlease Contact usJacek
0371-01A Rapid and Early HIV RNA Test
We will develop a portable and sensitive HIV RNA test, for use in clinics, with performance quality of lab tests, generating easy-to-read, quality controlled, and actionable results within 30 min, and at a low cost. It is expected to be an effective tool in managing AIDS epidemics for low-income countries.
MJMG Holdings Inc.TorontoCanadaIndiaMichaelLing;
Please Contact usMichael Ling
Adapting a Canadian eModule on HIV-related Disability and Rehabilitation for Health Workers in Sub-Saharan Africa
In Sub-Saharan Africa, HIV treatment is now widespread and mortality has dropped 32% since 2005. HIV-related disability is growing in tandem and rehabilitation training is needed. The University of Toronto International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation will create an online resource to address this need in SSA, adapted from Canadian practices.
The Governing Council of the University of Toronto
TorontoCanadaKenya, ZambiaStephanieNixonstephanie.a.nixon@gmail.comPlease Contact us
Mystery clients to assess and improve quality of TB care in India
Poorly diagnosed and managed tuberculosis drives the epidemic and generates drug-resistance in India. Our project will use mystery patients (standardized patients) to evaluate the quality of TB care in India, and help establish a quality surveillance project. Successfully implemented, this project can produce critical data required to understand key bottlenecks in the provision of care. This can lead to significant improvements in quality and reductions in diagnostic delays, which is a high priority for TB control, especially in urban hot spots with high MDR-TB prevalence.
The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
MontrealCanadaIndiaMadhukarPaimadhukar.pai@mcgill.caPlease Contact usJulie
A point-of-care paper-based biosensor to detect and treat bronchitis
Physicians currently do not have any methods to accurately identify bronchitis. We hope to develop a paper-based, point of care, inexpensive, quantitative assay to identify and measure allergic versus infective bronchitis that would help judicious and appropriate treatment using anti-inflammatory drugs or antibiotics for a wide range of airway diseases such as asthma, COPD and chronic cough.
McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanadaBrazil, IndiaParameswaranNairparames@mcmaster.caPlease Contact usVeronic
PurifAid: Ending the Arsenic Water Crisis in Bangladesh
PurifAid is a social enterprise that uses an innovative filtration system to decontaminate arsenic poisoned wellwater affecting tens of millions of people today. The initiative addresses the failings of existing alternatives, giving local entrepreneurs tools and knowledge to help their communities as a sustainable response to a pernicious health crisis.
PurifAid Water International Inc.TorontoCanadaBangladeshAlyssaRellstab;
Please Contact usShahreen
Empower ASHAs to provide mobile, multiplex, pregnancy screening
Timely Access to and Awareness of early pregnancy screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections is currently not a reality for rural Indian women. Multiplexed screening by front line workers, customized treatment and follow up will impact infection control in women and their infants.
The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
MontrealCanadaIndiaNitikaPant Painitika.pai@mcgill.caPlease Contact usJulie
Ultra low cost, simply operated, lab-on-a-chip detection of arsenic contamination in Bangladesh's well waters
Over 35 million people in Bangladesh’s villages drink well-water contaminated with toxic amounts of arsenic, because monitoring of the wells is challenging. This makes the people more susceptible to cancer. Grand Challenges Canada is supporting our development of lab-on-a-chip devices that provide inexpensive and accurate tests of the wells.
Ryerson UniversityTorontoCanadaBangladeshScottTsaiscott.tsai@ryerson.caPlease Contact usAmanda
Low Cost Microchip for Early Diagnosis of Elephantiasis
Sensoreal Inc. develops pre-programed, self-powered disposable liquid handling microchips. We use smartphone-integrated platforms to deliver state-of-art electrochemical sensors with high sensitivity. These low-cost devices are ideal solutions to point-of-care biosensors in low-resource environments. With the support of Grand Challenge of Canada, we are currently developing the platform for lymphatic filariasis.
Sensoreal Inc.MontrealCanadaCanada, IndiaRoozbehSafaviehroozbeh@sensoreal.comPlease Contact us
Development of Low Cost Diagnostic and Monitoring Method For Diabetes Prevention
As per WHO, 346 million people have diabetes; 80% deaths occur in low-middle income countries. Currently, physicians cannot easily detect Insulin Resistance (IR), which precedes clinical signs of diabetes undetected for decades. TechnoDevelop will research towards low-cost IR diagnostics targeting advance monitoring and prevention programs along with education and training.
TechnoDevelop CorporationOttawaCanada
Bhutan, Canada, India, Sri Lanka
PrakashNaidunaidu10@aol.comPlease Contact us
Dr. Prakash Naidu and Ms. Shubha Chodagam and
An Innovative, Electricity-Free Diagnostic Platform for Typhoid and Other Common Infections in Resource-limited Settings
We developed a simple, inexpensive, electricity free platform to diagnose typhoid fever and other common infections that are affect those living in rural Nepal and other resource-constrained settings.
University Health NetworkTorontoCanada
Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan
IsaacBogochisaac.bogoch@uhn.caPlease Contact usJessica
A 'sympathetic pregnancy' vaccine: how antibodies from men can protect pregnant women from malaria
Malaria in pregnancy is a major public health issue which threatens the life of the mother and the fetus. Every year, over 125 millions pregnancies are at risk of infection globally. My research that integrates laboratory and field investigations will help to validate a new vaccine strategy for pregnancy-associated malaria.
The Governors of the University of Alberta
Benin, Canada, Colombia, Republic of
SedamiGNIDEHOUgnidehou@ualberta.caPlease Contact usKathryn
Evaluation of novel optical technology to screen for bladder problems impacting health outcomes in Uganda.
A miniature device using light shone through the skin can detect bladder diseases. To optimize identification of patients who have diseases that if untreated shorten life, rural clinic staff will screen patients as they pass urine, and send data via cellphone to a higher care centre for computerized diagnosis, optimizing care and rationalizing referral.
University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
Canada, Uganda, Ethiopia
AndrewMacnabajmacnab@gmail.comPlease Contact usBrian
The electronic Trauma Health Record (eTHR): Advancing Trauma Care and Injury Surveillance in Low to Middle Income Countries
In high-volume low-resource trauma centers, injury surveillance conducted to better understand and prevent trauma is prohibitive because of cost and complexity. eTHR is used to complete the documentation responsibilities of frontline trauma doctors while simultaneously uploading pertinent data to a real-time trauma registry, thereby allowing for affordable means of injury surveillance in LMICs.
University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
Canada, South Africa, Tanzania, United States
EimanZargaraneiman13@gmail.comPlease Contact usUniversity of British Columbia
0384-01Digital African Health Library
The Digital African Health Library is an integrated point-of-care, smart-phone-based, decision support resource supporting relevant patient care decisions by primary care clinicians in developing countries. This phase will expand to include additional resources, establish a subscription model that can scale, and bring availability to seven Eastern and Southern African countries.
The Board of Governors of The University of Calgary
Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda
BruceDahlmanbdahlman@aimint.netPlease Contact usRuth
A portable breast cancer detection device using solid-state microwave detectors.
We are using novel solid-state devices that detect microwaves, to build a portable, low-cost system for early detection of breast cancer. Our aim is to enable women in remote regions to screen themselves. Compact antennas illuminate the breast with low intensity microwaves, and the reflected signal is used to detect abnormalities.
The University of ManitobaWinnipegCanada
Canada, China, Ireland, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa
StephenPistoriusstephen.pistorius@ad.umanitoba.caPlease Contact us
CCMB: Jackie Shymanski UM: Janine Harasymchuk
0386-01Inducing resistance to HIV infection
This study aims to determine if two well-known anti-inflammatory (hydroxychloroquine and acetylsalicylic acid) can decrease immune activation and induce the same immune phenotype than the one observed in Highly Exposed Seronegative women from Kenya in order to offer a new preventive avenue in the fight against HIV infection.
The University of ManitobaWinnipegCanadaKenyaJulieLajoiejulie.lajoie1@gmail.comPlease Contact usJohn Danakas
Mitigating arsenic-related health problems in Bangladesh by introducing high-selenium lentils into the everyday diet
Millions of people in Bangladesh are exposed to high concentrations of arsenic through naturally contaminated drinking water. The micronutrient, selenium, an antagonist of arsenic can reduce arsenic poisoning. Lentils from Saskatchewan, naturally rich in selenium, will be fed to Bangladeshis hopefully providing a holistic solution to arsenic poisoning
The Board of Governors of The University of Calgary
Bangladesh, Canada
JuditSmitsjudit.smits@ucalgary.caPlease Contact usGloria
Low Cost Synthesis of Tuberculosis Drugs Using Synthetic Biology
In this project, we aim to lower the cost of second line TB drugs by using a novel yeast based bioprocess. The successful completion can potentially stabilize the supply of these drugs making it more affordable for treating drug resistant TB.
The Governing Council of the University of Toronto
TorontoCanadaCanada, IndiaRadhakrishnanMahadevankrishna.mahadevan@utoronto.caPlease Contact usChristina Heidorn
0389-01A simple yeast-based blood screening assay
We will create a ready-to-use, yeast-based blood screening tool for simultaneous detection of combinations of diseases. Like baking yeast it can be stored dry, and grown locally with minimal equipment/training, improving accessibility in rural and low-resource areas.
The Governing Council of the University of Toronto
Belize, Canada, Jamaica
G. AndrewWoolleyawoolley@chem.utoronto.caPlease Contact usDominic
0390-01Lab Free, Low Cost Malaria Testing
We will deliver a low cost, sample-to-answer test for malaria. Current molecular detection technologies are not suitable for widespread, decentralized testing. Lateral flow assays using antibody/antigen detection are not sufficiently sensitive; enzymatic approaches require sample purification and sensitive reagents. Our approach uses nanostructured microelectrodes that provide high sensitivity and specificity through direct electrochemical detection of unpurified samples.
The Governing Council of the University of Toronto
TorontoCanadaTanzaniaShanaKelleyshana.kelley@utoronto.caPlease Contact us
Simple liquid microculture assay for diagnosing multidrug-resistant tuberculosis
Tuberculosis is a major global health challenge, particularly in regions of southeast Asia where the disease is becoming more drug-resistant. Together with doctors in Thailand, our project aims to develop a new microfluidics-enabled method for testing effectiveness of many drug combinations at once to help optimize treatment of resistant strains of tuberculosis.
The Governing Council of the University of Toronto
TorontoCanadaThailandEdmondYoungeyoung@mie.utoronto.caPlease Contact usNina
AERO: Ambulance Emergency Response Optimization system for developing countries
Fast and reliable ambulance response is critical for any city. In developing countries, such response is often uncoordinated and inefficient. Furthermore, traffic conditions may be chaotic. We will develop a system to improve ambulance response by studying traffic conditions in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and recommend ambulance pre-positioning locations and response routes.
The Governing Council of the University of Toronto
TorontoCanadaBangladeshTimothyChantcychan@mie.utoronto.caPlease Contact usNina
Simple Cleaning Indicator to Increase Sanitation in Healthcare Facilities
Our project is to develop and deploy simple disinfectant-activated colour-changing stickers in healthcare facilities that indicate when a routine cleaning is required. The stickers help staff track and ensure cleanliness of frequently-touched surfaces in order to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections by ensuring a safe environment for patients.
Lunanos Inc.TorontoCanadaPhilippinesAnilKishenAnil.Kishen@dentistry.utoronto.caPlease Contact usLeo
Development of Antibacterial Copper Coatings for Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections
Health care acquired infections are the fourth cause of death in Canada. This project will demonstrate a substantial reduction in the number of bacteria in a health care facility by depositing a thin layer of copper based alloys, known for their anti-bacterial properties, on frequently touched surfaces.
The Governing Council of the University of Toronto
TorontoCanadaPeruJavadMostaghimimostag@mie.utoronto.caPlease Contact usNina
Taking a LEEP! Implementing a “See and LEEP” strategy for women in Western Kenya with positive cervical cancer screening
Cervical cancer is the most lethal cancer in Subsaharan Africa. "SEE and LEEP" will prevent cervical cancer by identifying and treating women with pre cancerous lesions at their inital visit. This project will train nurses, who do the bulk of cervix cancer screening in Kenya, to treat women with precancerous abnormalities.
The Governing Council of the University of Toronto
TorontoCanadaKenyaBarryRosenBarry.Rosen@uhn.caPlease Contact usJane
Building Emergency Capacity: The Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine
TAAAC-EM was formed to sustainably build and strengthen capacity in the provision of emergency medical services in Ethiopia. Together, we are building the country's first emergency medicine physician training program, leading to increased retention of physicians, and encouraging a stronger system of public emergency care for the Ethiopian people.
University Health NetworkTorontoCanadaEthiopiaMeganLandesmclandes@gmail.comPlease Contact us
Megan Landes (primary), Sara Berman (secondary),
Using locally sourced probiotic food to reduce levels of potent environmental toxins.
Environmental toxins, heavy metals, pesticides and fungal toxins afflict many people worldwide. We will test a special probiotic yogurt designed to provide nutrition and lower aflatoxin poisoning in Kenyan children. We will also develop a means to scale-up the concept to benefit adults and children in other regions of Africa.
The University of Western OntarioLondonCanada
Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
GregorReidgregor@uwo.caPlease Contact usKathy
A Rapid Test for Simultaneous Identification and Detection of Antimicrobial Resistance at Point of Care for Bacterial Infections: Neisseria gonorrhoeae as a Prototype
The use of antibiotics to cure bacterial infections has saved billions of lives. Antibiotic resistant “superbugs” threaten this success. Neisseria gonorrhoeae (Ng) is a superbug for which there is no vaccine. We are developing a simple, inexpensive, rapid test to simultaneously diagnose antibiotic resistance and the Ng microorganism.
University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanadaCanada, IndiaJo-AnneDillonj.dillon@usask.caPlease Contact us
Office of research Services –will update this form. Am currently out of the country (Nov 13 2013)
Will inform at a later date
0399-01Innovative Approach in TB Care in Armenia
The project enables self-administered drug intake by empowered TB patients – supervised by a trained family member and supported by medical counseling and reminders – to improve treatment adherence and treatment success rates, and thereby forestall TB and MDR-TB epidemics. The innovative treatment approach integrates several educational, technological, and social evidence-based components.
American University of Armenia Fund
ArmeniaArmeniaVarduhiPetrosyanvpetrosi@aua.amPlease Contact usMaral
Empowering "ORS Moms" and Activating Faith Communities: Increasing Household Use of ORS and Zinc in Nigeria
Diarrhoea is one of the leading causes of childhood mortality globally. In Nigeria nearly 200, 000 diarrhoeal deaths occurs of children under five annually. By empowering mothers and activating faith communities household use of ORS and Zinc to treat diarrhoea can be increased to achieve MDG 4 goals by 2015
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
NigeriaS.M.Rafiqul Islamrafiqul@icddrb.orgPlease Contact us
Graham Judd,Director ; Communication & Developement
0401-01iDE Cambodia -- Treating Waste with Lime
iDE aims to establish a sustainable and scalable solution that closes the "sanitation loop” and can be adopted by the private sector. The project will demonstrate an effective use of hydrated lime (an abundant, cheap product) that kills pathogens in fecal sludge and transforms latrines into incubators for valuable agricultural additives.
International Development Enterprises
CambodiaCambodiaRachelPringlerpringle@ide-cambodia.orgPlease Contact usMichael
GreenHeat: Fueling a Sanitation Revolution Across Sub-Saharan Africa
Waste Enterprisers is transforming sanitation from a disposal process to a manufacturing process. We convert human waste into solid fuel that is sold to industries, thereby replacing costly treatment with a profitable venture. This model will unlock demand for safe waste management and transform public and environmental health in cities across sub-Saharan Africa.
Waste Enterprisers LimitedGhanaKenyaAshleyMusprattashley@waste-enterprisers.comPlease Contact usAshley
Non-intrusive detection of rotavirus using infant diapers and a fabric strip
Achira is developing fabric based immunosensors, integrated into infant disposable diapers, for the diagnosis of Rotavirus, a leading diarrheal killer. This non-intrusive, safe and rapid qualitative detection of Rotavirus from stool samples in disposable diapers can be done conveniently at home or in a doctor’s clinic.
Achira Labs Private LimitedIndiaIndiaDhananjayaDendukurid.dendukuri@achiralabs.comPlease Contact usParidhi
0405-01Innovative Trauma Care in Kenya
Improving trauma care through the development of a Trauma Association of Kenya to implement a National Trauma and Injury Framework aiming to decentralize trauma care to regional centers with the help of geospatial mapping technologies and the introduction of trauma education. This pilot is a focused implementation in Western Kenya.
Innovative Canadians for Change Foundation
EdmontonCanadaCanada, KenyaAbdullahSalehAbdullah.Saleh@icchange.caPlease Contact usJessica
Creating Novel, Mobile Tools to Support Safer Deliveries in India
We propose to reimagine, design, and field test a novel, mobile phone-based partograph to support deliveries in India.
Dimagi Software Innovations Private Limited
IndiaIndiaStellaLuksluk@dimagi.comPlease Contact usKrishna
Niramaya - 'The Community Pharmacy Approach', for building local health ecosystem
Our project aims to use trained 'village volunteers' to; explain medicine dosage to the people, prescription monitoring and sales through MIS, within a health ecosystem (demand-side financing, access to primary healthcare, and low-cost pharmacy), and create a business model to improve access to medicines to rural populations in India.
Sarvajan Unnati Contact usDr David M
Impacting Rural Healthcare: Device for Lab Diagnostics at the doorsteps
The lack of access to good quality diagnostics contributes to the enormous health burden in rural India and the developing world. This project aims at developing a cost-effective remote diagnostic device that can performs several necessary tests with limited skill-set operators, making diagnostics affordable & accessible to the rural patients
Neurosynaptic Communications Private Limited
IndiaIndiaSanjaySharmasanjay@neurosynaptic.comPlease Contact usSameer Sawarkar
A Field-usable Rapid Microbial Water Quality Test
Poor water quality causes over 4 billion cases of diarrheal disease annually worldwide. Yet water sources remain under-monitored due to centralized, laborious and time-consuming tests, and access to safe drinking water remains a challenge. Sabio’s solution is a field-usable, sensitive rapid microbial test ensuring safe drinking water in any location.
Sabio Innovative Solutions Private Limited
IndiaIndiaUditParekhudit@sabio.inPlease Contact usUdit
wello: efficient water delivery via the WaterWheel
Wello is addressing the root cause of the global water crisis; reliable access to safe water. Our innovative solutions (such as our flagship WaterWheel transportation tool) drastically reduce the time, physical, and health burdens of water collection - burdens borne disproportionately borne by women and girls.
Biosense Technologies Private Limited
India, Kenya, Mongolia
CynthiaKoenigcynthia@wellowater.orgPlease Contact uscynthia
0411-01A novel integrated resuscitation solution
Easy-to-use, newborn resuscitation solution to empower front-line health workers to resuscitate newborns effectively.To reduce death & disability from Birth Asphyxia - often caused by birth attendants' inability to use current devices effectively.
Windmill Health Technologies Private Limited
India, Nigeria, Tanzania
AvijitBansalavijit.dr@gmail.comPlease Contact usAvijit Bansalavijitb@stanford,edu
Access Afya: Redefining Holistic Care in Urban Slums
Access Afya is a social enterprise creating a comprehensive model for wellness in Nairobi slums. Our Grand Challenge is to implement a "Vitality Program" - targeted interventions to keep our community out of the "sick care" system while simultaneously working on the metrics to prove the benefits of wellness vs. sick care.
Access Afya Kenya LimitedKenyaKenyaMelissaMenkemelissa@accessafya.comPlease Contact usMelissa
Implementation strategies for iPap, a technically innovative cervical cancer screening (CCS) sample self-collection approach that is affordable and socially acceptable.
Cervical cancer causes 1,700 deaths per year in Kenya. Only 3.2% of women are screened for cervical cancer. We seek to investigate implementation strategies using iPAP, a cervical cancer screening sample self collection approach that will be socially and financially acceptable to women. Increased screening will avert unnecessary deaths.
Action Africa Help - International (AAH-I)
KenyaKenyaPamelaNjugunapwanjira@gmail.comPlease Contact usMrs Ann
We will train, supervise and support primary health care workers to deliver evidence-based interventions at the Point-of-Care using specially designed software mounted on mobile phones to overcome barriers related to distance and travel. This will lead to increased screening, improved management of patients, and hence better clinical and functional outcomes.
Africa Mental Health FoundationKenyaKenyaChristineMusyimichristine.musyimi@amhf.or.kePlease Contact usMs. Rhodah
This project aims to create dialogue and collaboration between the informal sector (traditional and faith healers) and the formal sector (health care workers) and also train the informal sector to use evidence-based interventions for routine screening and provide psychosocial interventions in order to reduce the mental health treatment gap.
Africa Mental Health FoundationKenyaKenyaChristineMusyimimusyimichristine@yahoo.comPlease Contact usMs. Rhodah
FingerPrint Biometric System for Community Health Linkage in Western Kenya
Identification, retention and linkage of patients to health care providers can curb the burden of disease in Kenya. From experience, name redundancy, inaccurate person address and date of birth hinder accurate and timely linkage. We integrate, demonstrate and evaluate the use of biometrics for patient identification to improve clinical outcomes in Western Kenya.
Moi University College of Health Sciences
KenyaKenyaJudyGichoyajudywawira@gmail.comPlease Contact usChristine
Botanical Extracts EPZ ltd. Improvemenbt of Artemisinin Yields from Existing Operations Through the Introduction of a Novel Process Step
Botanical Extracts – EPZ LTD manufactures natural Artemisinin in Kenya from Artemisia Annua. Artemisinin is used as a frontline drug to combat malaria. Competition has arisen among promoters of natural, semi-synthetic and synthetic Artemisinin. The project endeavors to increase the yield of Artemisinin from Artemisia to render a competitive natural product.
Botanical Extracts EPZ LimitedKenya
Germany, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
JackNjirujack.njiru@abextracts.comPlease Contact usMr Patrick Henfrey
Reducing a newly recognized leading cause of child mortality through prevention of drowning
Child drowning is the leading cause of child mortality in many low income nations. Most of the worlds children live in low income nations of Asia. This project will effectively demonstrate bold, innovative, culturally appropriate child drowning prevention, while building community capacity to produce sustainable impact in drowning prevention appropriate community drowning prevention
University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanadaBangladeshStephenBeermansbeerman1@gmail.comPlease Contact usBrian
0419-01Alpaca Antibodies for HIV Neutralization
We will produce antibodies that mimic broadly neutralizing antibodies found in a subset of AIDS patients who are immune to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). These will be used to treat existing AIDS patients and prevent the spread of the virus by blocking the ability of HIV to infect blood cells.
The Board of Governors of The University of Calgary
Canada, Uganda, United States
KarlRiabowolkarl@ucalgary.caPlease Contact usKathryn
health-E-net - creating health equity through second opinions
Poor and rural patients in Kenya face huge geographic, financial and social barriers to access care for illnesses needing the attention of a specialist doctor. Health-E-Net enables remote second opinion consultations with volunteer specialists, and provides patients with information on locally available resources, thus empowering them to access appropriate care.
Zoe Alexander LtdKenyaKenyaPratapKumarpratap@health-E-net.orgPlease Contact usDr. Pratap
Cost effective technology to address micronutrient deficiencies in Africa at the local level.
To address micro-nutrient malnutrition using an innovative device and technology that enables small scale millers to fortify staple flours with micronutrient premix at the local milling level. This improve micronutrient health of over 500 million vulnerable children/women in Africa who are chronically deficient due to lack access to fortified foods.
OGRA FoundationKenya
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
WinstoneOdhiambohealthyfoodsystems@gmail.comPlease Contact usWinstone Edward Odhiambo
0422-01Bold Idea for Girls (BIG) project
The project will address the risk factors that make 15-24 year old, out-of-school girls in Mukuru Slums, Nairobi, disproportionately vulnerable to HIV and early teenage pregnancy. This will be done through integrating a gender, life-skills and HIV program, with Evidence-Based Behavioural Interventions; and vocational and entrepreneurship skills training.
HOPE Worldwide KenyaKenyaKenyaJuliusNgukujulius.nguku@hopewwkenya.orgPlease Contact usTabitha Muia
Hermetic storage for controlling postharvest losses and aflatoxin poisoning
Each year, in Kenya, insect infestations and aflatoxin contamination of stored produce aggravate hunger and cause health hazards allied to acute or chronic aflatoxin exposures. Farmers respond by storing with chemicals. Hermetic storage restrains insect and mold growth without chemicals. The initiative will reduce food losses and ensure food safety.
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology
KenyaKenyaChristopherMutungicmutungi@icipe.orgPlease Contact usHippolyte
Multiple biomarkers for diagnosis of infectious diseases. A solution to undiagnosed infection in Severe Acute Malnutrition in Children
Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is responsible for approximately 1 million deaths per year in children globally. Evidence suggests that the risk of death is sustained despite nutritional rehabilitation and apparent stabilization. We will utilize new tools to gain an understanding of causes and mechanisms resulting in mortality in these children.
Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
KenyaKenyaEvelynGitauegitau@kemri-wellcome.orgPlease Contact usRuth Wanjala
Simultaneous Qualitative and Quantitative detection of plasmodium falciparum Lactate Dehydrogenase in saliva of malaria patients for monitoring disease prognosis using paper microfluidics
Project aims at developing a diagnostic assay that can simultaneously detect and quantify malaria parasites. This assay will give clinicians and researchers an alternative tool that can be used for monitoring disease prognosis. The assay will be saliva based hence non-invasive, this will improve patient compliance and management.
Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
KenyaKenya, NigeriaEvaAluvaalaealuvaala@kemri.orgPlease Contact usAgatha Osidiana,
We propose to develop a rapid and portable nano-immunosensor using a novel technique which will allow for automated, rapid and point of care detection of Bilharzia. The nano-immunosensors will be sensitive and can be distributed to Bilharzia endemic areas in Kenya like Mwea for early screening and treatment of Bilharzia.
Kenyatta UniversityKenyaKenyaNAUMIHNOAHm_noah5@yahoo.comPlease Contact usProf.Olive
Operation-Karibu provides locally produced baby clothing at the end of the delivery process. This has proven to be a powerful incentive for rural women to attend prenatal and postnatal screenings and give birth in clinics under the supervision of skilled attendants.
With a focus on reducing maternal and child mortality, Operation-Karibu provides locally produced baby clothing at the end of the delivery process. This has proven to be a powerful incentive for rural women to attend prenatal and postnatal screenings and give birth in clinics under the supervision of skilled attendants.
OGRA FoundationKenyaKenyaStephenOkellookello.steve@ografoundation.orgPlease Contact usMarius
Bio mass multitasking cook stove as a sustainable energy alternative for urban informal settlements and rural areas in Kenya
Energy Conserving Stove (ECOS) - a fuel-efficient biomass stove featuring an innovative built-in jacket that can be filled with 3 liters of water. This feature both helps to insulate the stove, making it more efficient, and allows the user to simultaneously boil water whilst cooking reducing waterborne diseases in Kenya
GVEP InternationalKenya
Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
KenethMitambokeneth.ndua@gmail.comPlease Contact usLaura Clough
TakaTaka Solutions : 'Waste to bio-charcoal: Adressing health challenges in urban Kenyan households'
Uncollected waste and inefficient indoor cooking lead to severe health problems for lower income residents in developing countries. A Nairobi-based social enterprise, TakaTaka Solutions recycles 80% of waste, using the organic waste to produce bio-charcoal.
Takataka Solutions LimitedKenyaKenyaDanielPaffenholzdaniel@takatakasolutions.comPlease Contact us
P.O. Box 29273 - 00625 Nairobi, Kenya
The Miracle Tree: A Holistic Approach Towards Water Safety And Good Nutrition For Egbetua Community
Holistically we aim to achieve a green micro-economy where women/men are economically empowered, malnourishment in children tackled, maternal health improved, environment sustained, biodiversity improved and a better informed World regarding the safety of Moringa oleifera seed during pregnancy. There is also a potential for an oral peptide drug lead/hit
University of IbadanNigeriaNigeriaAttahAlfredalfattah2000ng@yahoo.comPlease Contact usDr Eme Owoaje;
Building local consensus for innovative sustainable solutions to sanitation challenges in Nigerian urban slums.
This project will raise public awareness about the negative implications of poor hygiene and sanitation practices and instigate positive behaviour change towards human waste disposal in targeted market sites. Through direct community members’ involvement and participation, the project will build local skills for the design and erection of waterless toilets
Women Friendly InitiativeNigeriaNigeriaFrancisAwasighewinitiative@yahoo.comPlease Contact usWomen Friendly Initiative (WFI)
One Stop for Strokes – realize the possibility, in your hands.Fighting the stroke epidemic in developing countries by enabling risk detection and empowering knowledge for action to decrease stroke death and disability
We are developing a low cost glove that will detect blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol , abnormal rhythm without any blood tests.
Aga Khan UniversityPakistanPakistanAyeeshaKamalayeesha.kamal@aku.eduPlease Contact usDhunmai
Arsenic Removal from Drinking Water Using Agriculture/Food-Industry Solid Wastes as Low-Cost Sorbents
This project will explore sorption potential of the agriculture/food-industry solid wastes to remove arsenic from contaminated drinking water; thereby leading to development of a low-cost and environmental-friendly arsenic removal filtration technology for people in developing countries. The people will enjoy better health by reducing their arsenic intake from contaminated water.
The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
PakistanPakistanNabeel Contact usNabeel Khan Niazi ;
WawaRed Rural: Better health in maternal care in Rural Areas
One woman dies every minute due to pregnancy related issues. Many of the deaths are in rural areas. Therefore, voice messages in Quechua (language spoken in the rural Andes region) will be sent to mothers with general pregnancy health tips. We hope to decrease complications during pregnancy.
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
PeruPeruJosePerez-Lujose.perez.l@upch.pePlease Contact usPatricia
Implementation of a telediagnostics system for remote diagnostics of tuberculosis (TB) and Multi-drug-resistant TB in Peru
This study will implement a tele diagnostics system to remotely detect tuberculosis and multi drug resistance. Digital microscopic images from 10-days MODS cultures from sputum samples will be transmitted by Internet to a WEB-based system. Results of the interpretation are transmitted back to the origin laboratory after few minutes.
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
PeruPeruMirkoZimicmirko.zimic@upch.pePlease Contact usUrsula
The Project: A Medical Teleparasitology System for the Philippines is a medical teleparasitology system linking peripheral labs in the Philippines to experts via information and communications technology, with an expected multiplier effect of improving access to diagnosis and treatment, capacity building, and updating data on neglected tropical diseases that may be used to improve control and prevention programs.
University of the Philippines Development Foundation, Inc.
PhilippinesPhilippinesHarvy JoyLiwanagharvyliwanagmd@gmail.comPlease Contact usDr. Anthony Leachon
Addressing indoor air pollution by increasing access to clean cooking technology
This project addresses indoor-air pollution which causes yearly 4 millions preventable deaths globally. Our intervention will remove all technological, financial, technical, and logistical barriers so poor households can access existing appropriate technologies. The innovation in our distribution method ensures that those who need these technologies are empowered to access them.
Senegal Ecovillage Microfinance Fund-SEM
SenegalSenegalSiréDiallosire@sem-fund.orgPlease Contact usConstanza Robles
Multipurpose treated textiles for personal protection
Outdoor biting insects such as mosquitoes and tsetse flies are a major threat to global health as they transmit infectious diseases such as malaria and sleeping sickness. We propose to develop technology for personal protection against these vector-borne diseases by innovative treatment of clothing with novel and safer insecticides.
A to Z Textile Mills LimitedTanzania
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
JohnsonOderaJohnson@azpfl.comPlease Contact us
Using low-cost near-infra red spectroscopy to rapidly identify potentially infectious mosquitoes and to evaluate control interventions in rural and remote settings
Near-infrared spectroscopy can rapidly, non-destructively and simultaneously differentiate the age and species of Anopheles gambiae and An. arabiensis. In this study, we will apply this technology to evaluate the ability of vector control interventions to reduce vector abundance and remove potentially infectious mosquitoes in a population.
The Registered Trustees of Ifakara Health Institute
TanzaniaTanzaniaMaggySikulumaggysikulu@yahoo.comPlease Contact usDavid
Sisal fiber items produced by a community based participatory group to expand protection against malaria mosquitoes and complement efforts for malaria elimination in rural communities
Bednets confer almost 80% protection against malaria whilst in use. The remaining 20% transmission occurs both indoors and outdoors before people go to bed. We propose to use locally produced sisal fibers treated with transfluthrin to reduce mosquito bites by 80%. This intervention will complement bednets hence help reduce malaria transmission.
The Registered Trustees of Ifakara Health Institute
TanzaniaTanzaniaSheilaBarasasogoma@ihi.or.tzPlease Contact usDavid
An innovative food banking scheme to prevent child malnutrition in rural communities
Good health, survival, development and cognitive ability of children of rural communities in Tanzania are affected by the poor nutrition due to poor food storage facilities, poor consumption planning and wastage of farm produce. This project aim to develop an innovative food banking scheme incorporated with vermin proof which will eventually reduce food wastage and increase long-term food availability as well as reduce under five malnutrition in rural Tanzania.
The Registered Trustees of Ifakara Health Institute
TanzaniaTanzaniaIreneMoshiimoshi@ihi.or.tzPlease Contact usDavid
Footwear fitted with repellent-impregnated material to deter blood-seeking mosquitoes.
Our project proposes to exploit daily patterns of use of footwear to control mosquito-borne diseases at places and times when the effectiveness of current control tools is diminished like outdoors and in the early evenings. This technology will ensure compliance as footwear is already extensively used in every community.
The Registered Trustees of Ifakara Health Institute
TanzaniaTanzaniaProsperChakipchaki@ihi.or.tzPlease Contact usDavid
Would combined procalcitonin and malaria rapid tests optimize management of fever in the tropics?
Targeting antimicrobials to patients in need could avert millions of deaths annually, while avoiding their unnecessary consumption reduces antimicrobial resistance. We will explore whether procalcitonin levels predict the need for antimicrobials in tropical diseases. If so, we aim to develop a rapid test to guide antimalarials and antibiotics in undifferentiated fever.
Mahidol UniversityThailand
Cambodia, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania
YoelLubellyoel@tropmedres.acPlease Contact usJohn
An alternative strategy for fighting malaria drug resistance by causing reversal of resistance in malaria parasite population structure
Malaria drug resistance is a major global health threat. We employ a new strategy to chemically manipulate the course of drug resistance evolution in malaria parasites. The goal is to save precious life-saving antimalarial drugs from being lost to the deadly multidrug-resistant parasites.
Mahidol UniversityThailandThailandThanatChookajorntchookajorn@gmail.comPlease Contact usMiss Sirawan
High-througput approach to discover new dengue vaccine
A combination of novel virus-construction method and high-throughput screening is proposed as a way to search for new dengue vaccine candidates that are attenuated specifically toward an immune pathway relevant to dengue pathogenesis.
National Science and Technology Development Agency,Please Contact us
Ms. Duangkaew Chongkachornphong and Ms. Udomrat Vatanakun and
0446-01Ensuring treatment adherence through
Ensuring treatment adherence through "CARE (Connection, Affordable, Reminder, and Enabling) Device”. The CARE device is complimentary with strategy to improve patients adherence to medications. The proposed approach is creative in two ways: (1) we take a patient-centered care approach shifting the center of the care to patients; and (2) the cost requiredis very low and thus the scheme is sustainable (the machine itself is inexpensive as well as free communication utilizing “hang-up” calls: the cost of calls for conversations is the only communication cost)
TB/HIV Research FoundationThailandThailandSurakameth
surakameth.m@dmsc.mail.go.thPlease Contact usBoonchai
Cloth Sanitary Pads: Improving Menstrual Hygiene through Cost-Effective Innovation for Underserved Consumers
AFRIpads is a Ugandan enterprise that locally manufactures high performance, cloth sanitary pads at a fraction of the cost of disposable pads, thereby lowering the barrier to affordable feminine hygiene. By investing in local distribution, improved supply chains and sanitation marketing, AFRIpads will improve access to its product innovation among underserved women and girls.
AFRI-PADS (UGANDA) LIMITEDUgandaUganda(Jonathan) PeterFindlayinfo@afripads.comPlease Contact usSophia
An innovative village-driven low tech for malaria eradication
Villagers are trained to mix insecticides with locally and freely available plaster materials into an insecticidal plaster which is smeared onto mud walls of huts. The project investigates the feasibility of controlling malaria mosquito vectors by villagers taking control of vector control.
Med Biotech Laboratories (MBL) Limited
UgandaUgandaThomasEgwangtgegwang@gmail.comPlease Contact us
Filling in vital gaps for vulnerable mothers/newborns to receive health care expeditiously using innovative and accessible technology coupled with social innovation
Uganda is one of the countries in the world with the highest number of women and newborns who die during pregnancy and child birth. Fifteen mothers die everyday, this is the number Canada would lose in a year, for Uganda it is one day. In almost all the hospitals no health care worker knows the number of patients they are going to see since there is completely no communication between the health facility and the patients: they just arrive. However technology has penetrated even the most remote of Ugandan villages, almost every household has access to a cell phone. Using these cell phones, mothers will be linked to Toll Free Call Centres in their local health facilities. Mothers can get advice early in their pregnancy regarding birth preparedness and complication readiness. In case of emergencies, rural mothers can call the local facility which can prepare to assist them to the best of their ability and refer them appropriately.
Uganda Christian UniversityUgandaUgandaEveNakabembe;
Please Contact usPatricia Paddey or
Applying mobile technology for clean water and healthy lives in the developing world.
We apply low-cost, ready existent mobile technology to radically improve global management of access to water for underserved communities. Empowering people to live healthy, enabling children to go to school and allowing individuals to contribute to their own and global wealth. Every dollar invested in safe drinking water has direct impact.
Text to Change Mobile LimitedUgandaUgandaArjenSwankaswank@texttochange.comPlease Contact usJosette de
Mothers Telling Mothers: A storytelling approach to improving maternal health outcomes in Uganda
Twezimbe Development Foundation Limited
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0452-01Immunotherapy of tuberculosis
Immunoxel (Dzherelo), multiherbal immunomodulator from Ukraine; formulated into honey lozenges in Canada, produces sputum clearance in over 85% TB patients in one month. When used as immunotherapy adjunct it reduces treatment duration by at least 6-fold and enhances potency of TB chemotherapy 4-fold even in patients with MDR-TB and TB-HIV.
Ecomed LLCMongolia
Mongolia, South Africa, Ukraine
DmytroButovtb_doctor@mail.ruPlease Contact usAldar Bourinbaiar, PhD, MD/
Grand Challenges Canada Contacts
Terry Collins, +1-416-538-8712, +1-416-878-8712;
Lode Roels, +1-416-673-6570; +1-647-328-2021;
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