A big “thank you” to Dr Kasonde Hon Minister of Health (retired)

The Hon Dr Joseph Kasonde has just retired as the Minister of Health of Zambia. We will miss him and his support for our work in Zambia. He has been with us from the start. We first met with him on 26-Jun-12 and he’s been enormously supportive ever since then. In Aug-12 he agreed to […]

Dashboards as a motivational tool

We started using Android tablets during support visits to Kit Yamoyo retailers in mid-2014 (see Take a Tablet). This did two things. Firstly, it helped standardise these visits; to make sure that key things were checked and asked: Was the product displayed well? Did the retailer have a poster displayed? Secondly, it collected key information […]

Pharmanova launch new Kit Yamoyo format and reduce prices across the board

Kit Yamoyo wall painting, George Compound, Aug-16. Image credit: Lawrence Wilbraham. Last Thursday (1-Sep-16) Pharmanova launched a new, lower priced, Kit Yamoyo format (without soap) and also reduced their ex-factory prices for all Kit Yamoyo formats, across the board. This is their response to market forces in general and the issue of VAT in particular […]

Call for volunteers – Shoprite Watch

If you live in Zambia and use Shoprite you could really help us get Kit Yamoyo to people who need it. Here’s how. All 28 Shoprite stores across Zambia sell Kit Yamoyo, the problem is it’s not always on the shelves and if it’s not on the shelves then people can’t buy it! If it’s […]

ColaLife’s work features strongly in Global ORS/Zinc Policy Paper

Open-source sharing of ColaLife’s lessons, designs and data has been our aspiration since we began in 2008. We’ve made a start on this (see our Open Access Initiative) but during 2016, we want to move this to the next level, even though work in Zambia to establish Kit Yamoyo in the market is still rolling […]

Guerilla fundraising – Shoprite Livingstone

Nine days ago (20-Jun-16) I got this message from a person called Joanna Hedger. The Cola Road Evening Simon I just watched “The Cola Road” after a recommendation by IVHQ, and felt the need to send a thank you message. A very inspiring film from a very inspirational company. I will be travelling to Zambia […]

Kit Yamoyo paraded by young pharmacists during Pharmacy Awareness Week

Thanks to the active engagement of the Kit Yamoyo manufacturer in Zambia (Pharmanova), Kit Yamoyo had a very high profile during the parade through Lusaka on 7-Jun-16 by young pharmacists during Pharmacy Awareness Week (7 to 11-Jun-16). The parade made the national TV news. This weekend the Pharmaceutical Society of Zambia (PSZ) will also hold […]

The world is safe in their hands – winners of the RSA Student Design Awards announced

It was an honour and an inspiration to be involved in the judging of one of this year’s RSA Student Design Awards – the AfricaPack – designs to improve the way medicines are protected, dispensed, distributed and/or taken in Sub-Saharan Africa sponsored by GSK. There were more than 50 entries and from these six made […]

Why branding is important for people living in poverty

Image credit: tweeted by Amy Nadine Dix @amyndix Thanks to our friends at Maternova (@maternova) for bringing this image to my attention just as I was thinking: “I must to a blog post about branding and poverty”. So, why is it that brands are so important to everyone, including those living in poverty?  Why is […]

Costing and pricing in the real world: the VAT issue, inflation and affordability

For the moment we’ve lost the battle with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to have Kit Yamoyo zero rated for VAT purposes. The ZRA pointed out that Kit Yamoyo contains soap which is VAT-able and so VAT should be charged on the kit at 16%. We responded saying that Kit Yamoyo has been approved by […]