The Zambia Report – May-15

What’s the best way to fulfil our plan to hand over responsibility for Kit Yamoyo to local organisations? With scale-up finally getting underway, we decided that a trip to Zambia once a quarter, with remote support in between, would offer the best chance of success. We were last there in Jan/Feb-15 (as reported here). By the […]

Order confirmed for 452,000 ORS and Zinc co-pack kits

ORS and Zinc co-pack for distribution by the Ministry of Health, Zambia On 20-Mar-15 we made a significant step towards reaching our goal of improving access to, and use of, ORS and zinc for the treatment of diarrhoea. Our pharmaceutical partner in Zambia, Pharmanova, got its first public sector order to supply of 452,000 co-packs, […]

A big question for the big pharma companies

I am calling all the big pharma companies, including the following, with a big question: Johnson & Johnson Pfizer Roche GSK Novartis Sanofi AstraZenica Merck & Co Bayer Healthcare Eli Lilly Bristol-Mayers Squibb Boehringer Ingelheim   Why is it that none of the big pharmaceutical companies produce a diarrhoea treatment kit designed for the treatment of […]

Interactive Infographic – another ColaLife ‘first’?

This infographic was inspired during a recent discussion at a ColaLife Trustees’ meeting about the cumulative effects of the improvements we’d achieved during the COTZ trial in terms of children getting the recommended combination treatment for diarrhoea (ORS and Zinc). This led me to develop an interactive infographic in Excel which you can download here: Impact infographic […]

The Zambia Report – Feb-15

We are now back from a great 4 weeks in Zambia. It was eventful. This blog post contains the headlines – both the Top Ten Good News stories and Bottom Six Bad! Jane and I arrived at Lusaka airport within 30 minutes of each other from two different directions. Jane had travelled direct from the […]

KYTS-ACE gets underway

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         Before we returned to the UK in Jun-14 we helped our Zambian partner, Keepers Zambia Foundation, submit a bid to the local Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Programme funded by the British, Irish and Swedish Governments and administered by CARE Zambia. The SUN Programme in Zambia is targeted at the 14 districts with the highest […]

Our partnership with Everly

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Everly is a start-up drinks company with a conscience set up by Kyle McCollom and Chris Cole in 2013. Kyle and Chris contacted us during their set-up planning, because they wanted ethics built-in to Everly right from the start. Every time someone buys an Everly product in the US, a donation comes to ColaLife. They call it ‘Hydration […]

ColaLife wins GSK and Save The Children Healthcare Innovation Award

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We are very pleased to announce that ColaLife was the joint first winner of the GSK and Save The Children Healthcare Innovation Award which comes with $370,000. We are so delighted with this recognition and wish to thank GSK and Save The Children. This comes at a time when we have struggled for 12 months with the national […]

Top 10 achievements in 2014

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2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 | 2013’s top 10 Some of the mothers of Siachitema. The first remote rural community to receive Kit Yamoyo at the beginning of the trial in August 2012.  Image credit: Simon Berry 1. 50,000th Kit Yamoyo sold 2014 got off to a shaky start. We were […]

Putting the “live” back in Delivery

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This article was submitted to Devex and an edited version was published here. This is the full version of the article and includes the footnotes which were omitted from the Devex version. “The stagnant low ORS coverage over the past decade indicates a widespread failure to deliver one of the most cost-effective and life-saving child […]