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 […]

Could you spare 5 minutes to endorse our transparency?

Last week we learned that we had been shortlisted in the 2014 Health Systems Social Media Awards , in the ‘Transparency’ category. These awards are run by Health Systems Global. If you can spare 5 minutes, please could you endorse our nomination here. Many of our supporters have applauded our transparency: the way we report both failure […]

ORS at work – incredible pictures from Egypt in 1983

It is so hard to communicate just how effective ORS is at treating dehydration but these rare images say it all. The images have just been published by the BBC as part of this excellent article on the origins of ORS which includes quotes with one of its inventors, Dr Norbert Hirschhorn. The caption on the first […]

50,000th Kit Yamoyo sold to wholesalers

I’ve just received the latest stock figures from Pharmanova, the manufacturer of Kit Yamoyo anti-diarrhoea kit in Zambia. Pharmanova report that they have shipped 51,000 Kit Yamoyo – anti-diarrhoea kits since we started the trial in Sep-12. As reported earlier, 26,230 kits were sold during the trial period (21,823 for vouchers and the remainder for cash). Now, […]