The Lucky Iron Fish – Part Four of our Grand Challenges Canada series

In Cambodia, six in 10 women are anemic due to iron deficiency in their diets, causing premature labour, hemorrhaging during childbirth and the impaired brain development of their babies. Usually obtained through red meat or other iron-rich foods, a small chunk of iron added to water in the cooking pot can release a life-saving iron supplement. Enter the Lucky Iron Fish, shaped like a local river fish believed to bring good luck and fortune.

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Buy a Home, Build a Home

It is estimated that just over 1 billion people across the globe live in slums. To combat this housing crisis, Peter Dupis, one of the founders of World Housing, focused his Master’s thesis on the one-for-one model. This approach is inspired by TOM shoes, a venture in which every purchase of a pair of shoes sees another pair donated to …

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Fishing for a Solution to Iron Deficiency Anemia

  Roughly half of the world’s population is iron deficient, which can result in fatigue, dizziness and impaired cognitive ability. Iron deficiency is also the leading cause of anemia, a condition in which the body’s oxygen-carrying capacity is insufficient to adequately meet a person’s physiologic needs. While anemia can usually be treated with iron-rich foods like red meat or nutritional …

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Mobile Rapid Diagnostic Testing: Helping Farmers Protect Crops, People in East Africa

Farming in the Global South has always been a delicate task. A lack of modern farming tools and methods and a susceptibility to floods or droughts makes farming a precarious task that often results in low crop yields. Crops can fall victim to poison-inducing fungi which, when untreated, can cause severe illness in those who consume them. One of the …

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