Number of partners
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
CEO and Scientific Director
The Hon. Roy MacLaren
Canadian Chairman, Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business, and Honourary Chairman, Canada-India Business Council
Canada and India share expertise to help local communities
Efforts to ensure the availability of safe drinking water, sustainable infrastructure and good public health practices are complex global issues that require multiple stakeholders and scientific disciplines to generate cost-effective and sustainable solutions. Canada and India share strong bilateral ties, including a well-established history of research collaborations. India’s government has also made public-private partnerships a priority to deal with an infrastructure deficit that compromises public health and economic growth. This opens opportunities for technology sharing, professional development and partnerships with Canada.
How IC-IMPACTS is seizing the opportunity
The India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) and its partners are developing and implementing community-based solutions to meet the most urgent needs faced by some communities in Canada and India: poor water quality, unsafe and unsustainable infrastructure, and poor health from water-borne and infectious diseases. Under IC-IMPACTS’ leadership, researchers, industry innovators, community organizations and government agencies work collaboratively to develop and test local solutions that can be scaled up across India and Canada. The centre also provides training and professional development to address critical skills shortages.
Among the results
- India’s Department of Biotechnology and Department of Science and Technology partnered with IC-IMPACTS to invest a total of $7.8 million in research projects addressing significant infrastructure and water challenges. Nineteen research projects have been funded.
- Pierre Bérubé and Madjid Mohseni of the University of British Columbia, in partnership with the Lytton Creek First Nation, Bi Pure Water, Kerr Wood Leidal, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, successfully deployed their water treatment technology in Lytton Creek First Nation leading to a permanent installation of the technology in the community. This community is no longer under a boil water advisory. The team’s technology is now being piloted on Texada Island and will move for a pilot in a second First Nations community and in a rural community in Thondebavi, Karnataka, India.
- Thanks to IC-IMPACTS’ road-building project using an innovative pavement technology in Thondebavi, India, residents now have access to markets for their crops, those with mobility challenges have increased engagement and the economy has been stimulated, all while reducing greenhouse gases, decreasing construction material requirements and reducing costs.
- Madhukar Pai of McGill University, in partnership with World Health Partners, recruited 105 pharmacies in Patna, India to educate pharmacists in early Tuberculosis (TB) detection and improve the pathway for TB treatment. The research team also used novel mHealth strategies to better engage the community and increase awareness about TB. This unique intervention has reduced the delay from initial TB diagnosis to primary treatment from 60 to 4 days. The pharmacists also noted that their credibility and trust with patients in the community has improved.
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