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Innovations in science and technology can dramatically improve the health of poor people in the developing world.  We are engaging the world’s scientists to identify new ideas, to fill gaps in scientific knowledge and to create new health solutions that will result in lives saved.

 

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

From Assessing Family Planning Needs to Accelerating Drug Development for Childhood Diarrhea - Big Ideas from Grand Challenges Explorations Latest Awardees

Big Ideas from Grand Challenges Explorations Latest Awardees

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My Three Days at the Epicenter of Global Health Ingenuity and Transformation

Let’s face it: nobody really enjoys conferences. In theory, they give spread-out communities a chance to come together and engage in fierce debates and trenchant learning about important issues. But practice doesn’t always match the theory. Last week in London at the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting, however, it did.

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Innovation: Taking the Neglect out of Neglected Disease

Chances are you’ve never heard of onchocerciasis. Sometimes it’s known by the nickname “river blindness,” but you’ve probably never heard of that, either. Unfortunately, almost 40 million people suffer from it.

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Polio will be eradicated

Polio thrives in climates of neglect and indifference, but the world's refusal to accept its existence will drive it out wherever it may live.

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Innovation: Using New Tools to Develop New Solutions

If you gave a box with 400 LEGO pieces to a group of children, you’d get back some amazing creations. When the Gates Foundation, the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) launched the Malaria Box challenge in 2012, we wanted to tap into the same kind of ingenuity. But instead of LEGOS, our box included 400 different chemical compounds that are active against the malaria parasite. And instead of castles or monsters or suspension bridges, we were building new treatments with the power to help us end malaria for good.

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