How is ColaLife’s approach transformational?

ColaLife is not the only organisation working to use the private sector to deliver health products and services. Others include PSI, DKT and donor-funded programmes like SHOPS Plus. So why is our approach seen as transformational? The transformational nature of our work is based on combining the following: Focussing on WANT not NEED. Combining product […]

PI Global reunited

It was fantastic to meet up with Chris Griffin and Eric Connolly of PI Global again, face-to-face after three years. We met in the amazing setting of the new Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising (the brainchild of Chris) last week (9-Nov-16). PI Global were our packaging partner in the COTZ Trial. They made our […]

Rohit Ramchandani’s DrPH thesis published online

We are very pleased to announce that Rohit Ramchandani’s DrPH thesis (Jan-16) has finally been published on the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries website. It’s entitled: EMULATING COMMERCIAL, PRIVATE-SECTOR VALUE-CHAINS TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO ORS AND ZINC IN RURAL ZAMBIA: EVALUATION OF THE COLALIFE TRIAL. The abstract can be read directly from the website here (and […]

Exclusive breastfeeding and diarrhoea treatment with ORS and Zinc

Should I treat my child with ORS (Oral Rehydration Salts) and Zinc while exclusively breastfeeding? The current recommendation is that babies should be exclusively breast-fed until 6 months of age and a healthy baby being nursed by a healthy mother needs nothing else not even water. Breast milk is 88% water and extra water is […]

Kit Yamoyo wall painting

Pharmanova, the company that manufactures and assembles Kit Yamoyo in Zambia, have started painting shop keepers’ walls in the Lusaka compounds (townships). I was pleased to capture this image with the Kit Yamoyo advert right next to a Coca-Cola one which takes us right back to where we started in our mission to make diarrhoea […]

Shoprite pass the drop in the Kit Yamoyo ex-factory price to their customers

Today pictures started coming into our ‘Shoprite Watch’ WhatsApp group confirming that Shoprite is passing on the drop in the ex-factory price of Kit Yamoyo to their customers. Shoprite Kabanana (Lusaka) | Shoprite Chipata (Eastern Province) Shoprite have reduced the retail price from K9.59 to K8.59 (a reduction of 10.4%). This is fantastic news in […]

Chinsali 27-Sep-16 – the tale of two health centres

This is a story is about attention to detail and demonstrates the fine line between success and failure. On Tuesday last week (27-Sep-16) I was in Chinsali District. I worked here from 1985 to 1989 and so I was returning after 27 years. All my old haunts were still there but so much has happened […]

A picture is worth a 1000 words: visualizing the challenges of effective diarrhoea treatment

Towards the beginning of our journey in Zambia (May-12), we undertook a human-centred design process to better understand the challenges mothers face when treating their children suffering from diarrhoea. This revealed that the standard 1-litre ORS sachets available in the country (and most of the world) were not ideal for home treatment. Amongst other challenges, […]

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 […]