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Two CFRI Projects Receive Grand Challenges Canada Funding

May 22, 2014
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Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, has just announced investments of $12 million in projects worldwide, aimed squarely at improving the health and saving the lives of mothers, newborns and children in developing countries. Two CFRI-led projects will receive seed grants of $112,000 each.

Thiamin Fortified Fish Sauce to Prevent Beriberi in Infants

Dr. Tim Green will lead a project in Cambodia to fortify fish sauce with thiamin to raise levels in mother's milk and prevent infantile beriberi.

The Post Discharge Survival Project

PhD Candidate Matthew Wiens (PI: Dr. Charles Larson) will lead a project to improve the survival rate of children in Uganda after hospital discharge, including a mobile phone app to help identify babies and children at highest risk of dying and a Post Discharge Survival Kit for families.

Previous CFRI Grand Challenges funding recipients have included Dr. Mark Ansermino and Dr. Peter von Dadelszen for The Phone Oximeter (2011), and Tabassum Firoz and Tatenda Makanga (PI: Dr. Laura Magee) for the Mapping Outcomes for Mothers (MOM) initiative.

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