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New funding for cancer screening program

Published Wed Jul 27th 2016

New funding will allow researcher Karen Yeates to expand the unique cancer screening program and improve health outcomes of women in low resource settings

Queen’s University researcher Karen Yeates, a world leading expert in the use of mobile technology to improve health care in low resource settings, has received $500,000 in funding from Grand Challenges Canada to expand her cervical cancer screening program. Dr. Yeates works in Tanzania, one of the poorest countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

To ensure sustainability of the program, Dr. Yeates and her team have established a not-for-profit company called Wema Inc. It is funded by Grand Challenges Canada which, in turn, is funded by the Government of Canada.

Its Transition to Scale program brokers partnerships that mobilize private capital and domestic public resources to generate scalable and sustainable solutions that deliver measurable social impact.

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