Canada forges new partnership to boost MNCH innovation

13 DECEMBER 2012 | OTTAWA — The Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is joining forces with Grand Challenges Canada to bring innovative global health solutions to the developing world, particularly those related to the millions of preventable deaths each year of mothers and children.

Canada’s International Co-operation Minister Julian Fantino announced the partnership with the federally-funded group on 11 December as he opened a multi-day Grand Challenges Canada meeting in Ottawa, co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“Innovation in global health is a critical piece of the development puzzle,” he said.

“And if we are to accelerate progress on achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5―reducing child mortality and improving maternal health―innovation will have to figure prominently in our combined efforts.”

As host of the 2010 G8 Summit in Muskoka, Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched the maternal, newborn, and child health initiative, which aims to save millions of mothers, infants, and children from preventable deaths. The partnership with Grand Challenges Canada will provide CIDA with the opportunity to leverage innovative approaches to enhance its work to improve mother, newborn, and child health in developing countries.