Kit Yamoyo launches in Shoprite stores nationwide in Zambia

Today Kit Yamoyo launched nationwide in the 26 Shoprite stores in Zambia. Over the next few days all stores will be seeded with 100 kits. This is transformational. Currently less than 1% of children in sub-Saharan Africa get the internationally recommended treatment for diarrhoea and diarrhoea remains the second biggest infectious killer of under 5 children […]

Simon Berry talks to George Phiri of Hone FM 94.1

Yesterday (25-Nov-15) morning I participated in an hour-long radio programme with colleagues from Pharmanova and Keepers Zambia Foundation on Hone FM 94.1 in Lusaka. Our host was George Phiri and the subject was kit Yamoyo. Here’s a clip that George sent me. The context is that at the end of the programme George asked us all […]

Shoprite Zambia to stock Kit Yamoyo nationwide from Dec-15

This is probably the biggest single story posted on this blog since it started in May-08. From December 2015, Shoprite stores across the whole of Zambia will stock the Kit Yamoyo anti-diarrhoea kit. This is the biggest event in Zambia’s history with regard to providing access to ORS and Zinc for the home treatment of diarrhoea […]

Milestone agreement signed

  MSL’s Managing Director (Dr Fundafunda) and KZF’s Executive Director (Mr Msimuko) sign MOU This week (11-Nov-15) Medical Stores Limited (MSL), Zambia’s parastatal medicines distributor, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with our strategic, frontline partner, the Zambian NGO Keepers Zambia Foundation (KZF). As part of this agreement MSL will distribute 452,000 of the Government-branded ORS and Zinc […]

ColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo Flexi-pack wins UK Packaging Award

  Last night (11-Nov-15) ColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo Flexi-pack won a UK Packaging Award – “Resource Efficient Pack of the Year”. That’s what happens when you have great packaging partners: Amcor Flexibles and PI Global. Thank you guys! In 2013 we won the very prestigious Dupont Packaging Awards for our original ‘aidpod‘ which fitted between the necks of bottles […]

Kit Yamoyo assembly now in full swing at Pharmanova

Meet the assembly team at Pharmanova. These 24 men will be working for the next 14 months to fulfil existing orders for Kit Yamoyo, and the public sector variant, the GRZ ORS/Zinc co-pack. The guy standing in the middle in the dark blue overall is Conta – he’s in charge and has been involved in […]

Our tribute to Salvatore Gabola

We were very sad to hear that Salvatore Gabola died suddenly over the weekend. Our thoughts go out to his family. I only met Salvatore once, in June 2006, when he was Global Head of Stakeholder Relations at Coca-Cola. He asked for the meeting through a statement made to the BBC as part of a programme […]

Medical Innovation – Kit Yamoyo and its value chain

On Saturday (12-Sep-15) I had the honour of presenting our work at the Royal Society of Medicine’s 11th Medical Innovations Summit 2015. There was huge interest in what we have achieved and our plans for the future with some 40 tweets about the presentation – some with pictures: You can view and/or download my presentation on […]

DfID support for Lusaka scale-up confirmed

We are very pleased to confirm that the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) will be the majority funder of the Kit Yamoyo Scale-up in Lusaka Province, Zambia. The project is called KYTS-LUSAKA (Kit Yamoyo Transition to Scale in Lusaka). This is a significant milestone for ColaLife and comes two years after the end of […]

Report on trip to Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Beerse, Belgium

Last week (26-Aug-15) I visited the Janssen Pharmaceuticals HQ in Beerse, Belgium. I was invited jointly by Janssen and Johnson & Johnson to address the staff who work on the Beerse Campus at a ‘Townhall” event (200+ people). I also contributed to a Janssen Management Board Meeting and led a discussion with members of the […]