The AidPod is at the heart of the ColaLife model. It is a wedge-shaped container that fits between the necks of the bottles in a crate of Coca-Cola. The original concept for the AidPod, was to make use of that unused space to get simple medicines, such as oral rehydration salts, and other social products like micro-nutrients to the places that commodities like Coca-Cola get to i.e. most places.
However, the AidPod has many more features. It is:
- a container for the contents of the Kit Yamoyo (8 x 4g sachets of ORS; 1 course of 10 Zinc tablets; 1 x 20g bar of soap; 1 x information and branding leaflet)
- a measure for the water you need to make up the ORS solution (200ml) – in places where people do not have, or understand measures
- a storage device for made-up ORS solution and …
- it can act as a cup for drinking the ORS
All these features are explained by Simon Berry in the video below as he opens a kit and demonstrates its use:
The production version of the AidPod is the Mark XI (shown above, a very slight modification to the Mark X below). It’s taken nearly three years of campaigning and open innovation to get here.
|Mark X||Mark IX||Mark VIII||Mark VII||Mark VIb|
|Mark V||Mark IV||Mark III||Mark II||Mark I|
Up until Mark VIb the AidPod was seen as the container to carry a range of social products. Then, for the trial in Zambia, we focussed on using the AidPod to carry the components of an Anti-Diarrhoea Kit (ADK). At this time (from December 2011) our partner PI Global, a specialist and innovative packaging design company, engaged. They helped us make a reality our ideas for the AidPod to be a functional part of the ADK acting as a measuring jug, a mixer, a cup and potentially a water sterilisation device*.
This is what the ADK looks like:
They fit in a Coca-Cola crate like this:
They are packed with benefits for the customer:
We expect that the AidPod will support water sterilisation through the SODIS technique. We will be running tests to confirm this over the coming months. This is how we envisage this will work:
[Last updated: 14 Sep 2012]