Focus on Amcor

Last Monday (1-Dec-14) we were invited to visit Amcor’s packaging plant in Ledbury by Peter Ettridge, ColaLife’s champion within the company. We were introduced to Amcor through Peter by PI Global, our packaging partner in the UK, way back in early 2012. Amcor is a massive multi-national company that specialises in flexible packaging from simple plastic bags […]

Visiting UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen

  Back in Mar-14 our trial partner UNICEF Zambia invited us to their office in Lusaka to meet visitors from the UNICEF Supply Division in Copenhagen. We described the work we were doing to Rudolf Schwenk who asked us to contact him once we were back in the UK so that we could present our work […]

Lauren Braun and her Alma Sana Vaccine Bracelet

Jane and I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren Braun over Skype on Saturday (29-Nov-14) and what an inspirational 2hr conversation it was. Lauren, who is currently studying for an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has spent the last 5 years conceiving, designing and testing what has […]

The Zambia Report – Nov-14

We are now back in the UK after a great 3 weeks in Zambia. So much happened, it felt we were there for 3 months. This blog post contains the details – the good things and the bad: The not so good (bad) Assembly of Kit Yamoyo by Pharmanova stopped in Oct-14 due to a […]

Take a tablet

From the very beginning of the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ), field staff of Keepers Zambia Foundation (KZF) have been visiting the retailers they’ve trained to provide them with post-training support. If they can’t visit them, they follow-up by phone. All retailers have a phone and most (but not all) will be in areas with […]

Kit Yamoyo training materials – download

These training ‘flashcards’ were developed following the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ)*. They have been approved by Zambia’s Ministry of Health and are used for training community health workers (CHWs) and Kit Yamoyo retailers in the prevention of diarrhoea and the treatment of diarrhoea with ORS and Zinc. All trainees are given a set […]

ColaLife in today’s Guardian (Monday, 10-Nov-14)

How ColaLife learned to think outside the crate The award-winning charity used to distribute medicines packaged with Coke bottles to remote rural areas, but it had to adapt and move on as it became more successful. You can also read the article online here.

ColaLife arrives back in Zambia

On Wednesday (29-Oct-14) as we left Dubai on the second leg of our return trip to Zambia, I swapped the SIM in my phone so that I would be online the moment we touched down in Lusaka. Sure enough, shortly after the plane’s tyres hit the tarmac my phone sprang into action. What happened next […]

WANTED: Help with Google AdWords

Through the Google Grants Program ColaLife has access to AdWords but it’s not yet working for us and we don’t have the capacity to work it all out for ourselves (I’ve tried!). Is there a ColaLife supporter out there who could coach me on a voluntary basis for a few months? If you can help please comment […]

75% of deaths could be saved if we just did what we know how to do

This blog post was inspired by a tweet from the people at USAID Global Health: I can’t verify whether Cyril Engmann actually said this but if he did it’s significant. Dr Engmann is Senior Program Officer, Neonatal Health at The Gates Foundation. We believe that this statement is true and is certainly backed up by […]