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 […]

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 […]