By IANS, [RxPG] New Delhi, May 18 - The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Tuesday announced 78 grants of $100,000 each to support research in 18 countries in a bid to promote family health.
The grants will cover development of a low-cost cell phone microscope to diagnose malaria, study of the strategic placement of insect-eating plants to reduce insect-borne diseases, and investigation of nanoparticles to release vaccines when they come in contact with human sweat.
'Grand Challenges Explorations continues to generate unique and creative ways to tackle global health issues,' said Tachi Yamada, president of the Gates Foundation's Global Health Programme.
'We are convinced that some of these ideas will lead to new innovations and eventually solutions that will save lives.'
Grand Challenges Explorations is a five-year, $100 million initiative to promote innovation in global health.
It is part of the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative which is supported by the Gates Foundation to achieve major breakthroughs in global health.
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