Project profile — Innovation Platform for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

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Innovation Platform for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health - Overview
Grand Challenges Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011175)
2016-03-03 - 2024-09-30
Country / region • Africa, regional (2.24%)
• America, regional (1.68%)
• Asia, regional (15.84%)
• West Indies, regional (4.72%)
• North and Central America, regional (4.72%)
• North of Sahara, regional (3.78%)
• Oceania, regional (1.88%)
• South America, regional (4.72%)
• South of Sahara, regional (56.64%)
• Middle East, regional (3.78%)
Sector • Health, General
Health policy and administrative management (12110) (10.00%)
• Health, General
Medical education/training (12181) (10.00%)
• Health, General
Medical research (12182) (10.00%)
• Health, General
Medical services (12191) (10.00%)
• Basic Health
Basic health care (12220) (25.00%)
• Basic Health
Basic nutrition (12240) (10.00%)
• Basic Health
Infectious disease control (12250) (10.00%)
• Basic Health
Health education (12261) (10.00%)
• Water And Sanitation
Basic sanitation (14032) (5.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


The project aims to improve the lives of women, newborns and children under the age of five living in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) by providing funding and technical support to innovators who have identified solutions to maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) challenges. The project focuses on the first two phases of Grand Challenges Canada’s (GCC) innovation platform. In the first phase, GCC provides small grants to innovators to conduct research and develop promising innovative ideas to address MNCH challenges. The second phase includes testing and piloting innovations, developing strategic partnerships, leveraging private sector funding and know-how and business and marketing plans to enable their further development. In this phase, funding is awarded to Canadian and LMIC innovators who have demonstrated their innovation works and can be prepared for take up by the private sector, international organizations and LMIC governments. Over 300 innovations in the first phase and up to 100 innovations in the second phase will be implemented over 10 years.

Expected results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) reduced mortality and morbidity among target populations; and (2) improved health outcomes arising from innovative health products and/or services for beneficiaries, communities and health providers in low and middle income countries, with a focus on the poorest of the poor.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) funded 333 innovations in maternal, newborn and child health and sexual and reproductive health and rights at the proof-of-concept phase. Supported an additional 169 proven innovations to ‘transition to scale’ - or to test the implementation of these innovations in progressively expanding geographic areas - and help innovations with proven impact achieve outcomes; (2) as a result of these innovations, 46% of which are women-led and 80% are implemented in low- and middle-income countries, 18.9 million women, children and teenage girls are using innovative health products and services; (3) saved 23,223 lives and improved 6.5 million lives. As a result of this project, 3.3 million children under the age of five have improved access to early childhood development services. Better essential healthcare has improved the health of 908,224 women and children, and the prevention and treatment of contagious diseases improved the health of 2.8 million women and children. The initiative has also improved the health of 154,286 women and girls through access to sexual and reproductive health and rights services; and (4) for every dollar invested by Global Affairs Canada, innovators have attracted $2.32 from other investors for their innovations.



Original budget $28,750
Planned Disbursement $190,668
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Partner website — Grand Challenges Canada
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Partnerships for Devlpmnt Innovation
Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
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