It is the aim of the Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge funding program, to identify and support ground-breaking solutions that engage the private sector and draw from the experiences of affected communities in order to significantly improve and save the lives of vulnerable people affected by conflict. The goal is to identify solutions that allow communities to respond more nimbly to complex emergencies and take steps to create better lives for themselves.
Creating Hope In Conflict with maggot therapy
MedMagLabs was part of the first cohort of innovators funded by this program and received CAD250,000 for R&D to develop solutions for the production of medicinal maggots and maggot therapy in conflict-affected communities and other compromised healthcare settings. The project was led by Dr Frank Stadler, the chief investigator, and a multidisciplinary team of academics from Griffith University, with support from an expert advisory group.
Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge is a partnership of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, with support from Grand Challenges Canada (Grant Number R-HGC-POC-1803-23080).
Some project activities have also been proudly supported by the Queensland Government—Queensland Citizen Science Grants (Grant Number OQCS107CSG20).