WANTED: volunteer video editor

Simon Berry gave a ‘milestone presentation’ recently in Geneva at the Takeda Access to Medicines conference. The presentation outlined our journey so far, the set-backs we’ve had and how we’ve overcome them and presented the current status of our work. The presentation was captured as a quality video. We would like to publish this online […]

ColaLife: an experiment in ‘crowd analysing’ (crowd sourced data analysis)

>> Quick link to data: https://goo.gl/nbzNhm We are all now familiar with the terms ‘Crowd sourcing’ and Crowd funding’ but what about ‘Crowd analysing’ or the ‘Crowd sourcing of data analysis’? This is an experiment in Crowd analysing. We are releasing anonymised data from our work to scale-up Kit Yamoyo in Zambia to see what others […]

The ColaLife Globalization Ride – Caen to Cannes 2017 – #C2C2017

First there was the Boulogne to Biarritz (B2B) bike ride in 2010 which raised £6,000 to fund our first three trips to Zambia; these laid the foundation for the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ). Now we are at a similar crossroads as we aim to spread our learning from Zambia, on how best to […]

Update: Co-packaged ORS/Zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc)

As reported earlier, we are working to get co-packaged ORS and Zinc on WHO’s Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc). We are doing this because the circumstantial evidence suggests that while ORS and Zinc are listed separately on the EMLc they will be procured and supplied separately and rarely dispensed together. The combined use of […]

Access to Medicines Conference, Geneva, 25-May-17

It was an honour to be asked to present the ColaLife Story at a conference in Geneva organised by Takeda on the subject of access to medicines. The presentation was very well received and was a reminder back to me of how much we’ve actually achieved and the hurdles we’ve overcome along the way. The […]

New Kit Yamoyo Screw-top format hits the supermarket shelves

  This is such exciting news. Nearly 4 years after the screw-top format of Kit Yamoyo was conceived and designed, it has finally hit the Shoprite supermarket shelves in Zambia. These pictures are just in from our team on the frontline via WhatsApp. As is often the case in ColaLife, the route the screw-top format took to […]

Why isn’t co-packaged ORS and Zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines for Children?

In the evening of 28-Jan-17, four days into our latest support trip to Zambia, the penny dropped. Why isn’t co-packaged ORS and Zinc on WHO’s Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc)? Oral rehydration salts are listed. Zinc is listed. But the global recommendation of ORS and Zinc together is not listed. To quote WHO: Essential […]

1,400 kits per day – 2016 ex-factory sales

In 2016, Pharmanova sold an average of 1,400 kits of co-packaged ORS/Zinc per working day. This is a remarkable achievement in a country where, in 2013, 99% of diarrhoea cases were not treated with ORS and Zinc in common with the other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The following kits left the Pharmanova factory in 2016: Original […]

Improving the effectiveness of retailer support – retailer maps

We are constantly seeking ways to improve the effectiveness of our scale-up work and a key aspect of this is the effectiveness of the support we provide to Kit Yamoyo retailers. This support is centred on monthly visits to retailers to check on how the are doing. Do they have stock? What is demand like? […]

Top 10 achievements in 2016

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 | 2013’s top 10 | 2014’s top 10 | 2015’s top 10 Kit Yamoyo wall painting in Chawama Compound, Lusaka.  Image credit: Simon Berry We loved this image of a Kit Yamoyo sign next to Coca-Cola: it’s a reminder of where we started, mimicking Coca-Cola’s techniques to […]