Made-at-CHHM innovation wins Grand Challenges Canada funding to improve surgeries in low resource settings

Made-at-CHHM innovation wins Grand Challenges Canada funding to improve surgeries in low resource settings

Today, Grand Challenges Canada announced the funding of $2.4 million in seed funding for 22 projects to pursue inventive new ideas for improving health in low-resource countries.

Among those projects is the Drill Cover Project that was developed at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility through UBC's Engineers in Scrubs Program.  "We’re incredibly proud of the work that the students involved with the Drill Cover Project have already done and look forward to seeing how this seed funding from Grand Challenges Canada will enable them to further increase the impact of this project," says Dr. Antony Hodgson, Founder of the Engineers in Scrubs Program. A program like EiS gives some of UBC's brightest engineers the opportunity to apply their engineering expertise to real world health challenges.

Grand Challenges Canada is similarly mandated to support bold ideas with big impact. They are funded by the Government of Canada and fund innovators in low- and middle income countries and Canada. Their funding aims to integrate science and technology, social, and business innovation with a focus on bringing successful innovations to scale, catalyzing sustainability and impact.

This is exactly how the drill cover founders intend to use the funds. Co-inventor Marianne Black says "the funding will allow us to deliver the drill cover to more hospitals as soon as possible in countries including Uganda, Syria, Philippines, and Malawi. The grant will allow us to to create more cost-efficient and innovative business strategy and delivery methods  for the drill cover so we can scale up the project to hopefully one day reach every hospital that is in need of a safe, sterile surgical drill for fixing broken bones"

Congratulations to the Drill Cover team as they scale up their project, making it possible for surgeons in low-resource hospital settings to perform the life changing orthopaedic surgeries that were previously impossible.