Project profile — Health Innovation Platform


Grand Challenges Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011175)
2020-11-30 - 2028-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• North of Sahara, regional (4.00%)
• South of Sahara, regional (60.00%)
• West Indies, regional (5.00%)
• North and Central America, regional (5.00%)
• South America, regional (5.00%)
• Middle East, regional (4.00%)
• Asia, regional (15.00%)
• Oceania, regional (2.00%)


• Basic Education: Early childhood education (11240) (10.00%)
• Health, General: Health policy and administrative management (12110) (3.00%)
• Basic health care:
Basic health care (12220) (30.00%)
Infectious disease control (12250) (6.00%)
Health personnel development (12281) (4.00%)
• Noncommunicable diseases: Promotion of mental health and well-being (12340) (10.00%)
• Population policy and administrative management:
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (9.00%)
Reproductive health care (13020) (8.00%)
• Water And Sanitation: Basic sanitation (14032) (10.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (5.00%)
• Emergency Response: Material relief assistance and services (72010) (5.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• 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 (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This grant represents Canada’s institutional support to Grand Challenges Canada (GCC). GCC uses these funds, along with other donors’ funding, to achieve its mandate. GCC's mandate is to support innovators to develop and transition to scale innovations that improve the health, human rights, and well-being of women, adolescent girls, and children in low- and middle-income countries, including in conflict-affected areas.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) increased use of gender-responsive, inclusive, and locally-driven health products and services, especially for the most marginalized and vulnerable; (2) increased effectiveness of diverse innovators to test and transition their health innovations to scale and sustainability, integrating gender equality, human rights, inclusion and environmental sustainability; and (3) enhanced generation, sharing, and integration of evidence and learning from innovative, gender-responsive, inclusive, and locally-driven solutions to health challenges by Grand Challenges Canada and other innovation ecosystem actors.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) improved the lives of 121,683 people in low and middle income countries through access to innovations in the areas of maternal and newborn care, sexual and reproductive health and rights, water and sanitation, and humanitarian services; (2) provided access to 458,952 people to innovative, gender-responsive health products and services; (3) trained 3,383 physicians, nurses and community health workers on innovations in health services for example, providing personal protective equipment and using health resources mapping to better plan service delivery; (4) trained 4,021 community members, teachers and development workers to use innovative products and services, for example how to provide psychosocial support to community members; (5) for every dollar of Global Affairs Canada funding invested, innovators have leveraged an additional $1.55 to be reinvested in global health and humanitarian innovations.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $48,831,295
Planned disbursement $40,229,693
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral, core contributions to NGOs and other private bodies / PPPs
Type of aid Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes
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