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 […]

Kit Yamoyo accessioned into the permanent collection of the V&A

We are very proud to announce that all three formats of Kit Yamoyo have been accessioned into the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Victoria and Albert Museum (the V&A) is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years […]

Making the Case for Inclusion of Co-packaged ORS/Zinc on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines for Children (EMLc)

The WHO Model List of Essential Medicines For four decades, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has devoted substantial effort to an essential medicines programme that seeks to improve access to the most needed drugs and devices. The meeting of the 21st WHO Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines will be held […]

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 […]