Local soap will make Kit Yamoyo 100% Zambian

This is may not look much, but it’s a significant photo. To our knowledge, these are the first 22g tablets of soap ever to be produced in Zambia. They will be produced by the only large scale hand soap manufacturer in Zambia – Trade Kings. This new, small, low-cost pack will transform access to soap […]

Cholera and Chlorine – two stories from Zambia

Here are two stories written by me, as an outsider looking in, as a vaccination campaign starts in Zambia to control the Cholera outbreak that started in Feb-16.   1. The Chlorine story Ruth adds Chlorine to water to make it safe to drink at home in Chigwilizano Village in Kafue District, Zambia Image credit: […]

Bringing our strategy for impact to life – the Ashoka Globalizer

ColaLife has been selected to participate in the current Ashoka Globalizer on Health and Lighting in partnership with the Philips Foundation. The Globalizer works through a formal process to help Ashoka Fellows scale-up their impact without necessarily growing their organisations. We’ve known from the outset that we couldn’t achieve the impact we aspire to have […]

Moving from development to sales – from trial to scale-up

We were warned. People said to us: “Scale-up is completely different to running a trial. You’ve run a successful trial, do you really want to get involved in the scale-up?” The truth is that we had no burning desire to get involved in scale-up. In fact our original strategy was to generate the evidence that […]

New Resources page on colalife.org

colalife.org/resources We have created a new page on this website to pull together resources that may be useful to others wishing to learn from the ColaLife trial and our work on scaling-up so far. We hope that others will adapt our experience to their own circumstances to reduce under 5 child mortality and stunting from […]

Kit Yamoyo adverts now in place on MSL trucks

Image credit: Dr Bonface Fundafunda This is something we never thought would happen. The national distributor of medicines for the public sector in Zambia, Medical Stores Limited (MSL), is now carrying adverts for Kit Yamoyo on their trucks. This will complement the roll-out of Kit Yamoyo at Shoprite stores as Kit Yamoyo starts appearing on […]

Using Facebook to reach key influencers

When our Project Officer in Mongu sent in a picture of Kit Yamoyo on the shelves in the Shoprite store there, I thought I’d post it on Facebook and promote the post to Facebook users in Zambia. We have been astounded by the response and have now set up a page dedicated specifically to Kit Yamoyo […]

Kit Yamoyo on Shoprite shelves

It was very heartening to have received these pictures over the last couple of days of Kit Yamoyo on the shelves of Shoprite stores in Mongu and Chipata. Somehow, seeing Kit Yamoyo on the shelves, with its own label, gives it the legitimacy it deserves! Image credits: Akufuna Ngenda (Mongu) and Elias Lungu (Chipata) Mongu is 612 km […]

Top 10 achievements in 2015

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 | 2013’s top 10 | 2014’s top 10 There are now 24 people assembling kits full-time at Pharmanova.  Image credit: Simon Berry 2015 has been a real turning point. 2014 was a difficult year where we struggled to keep things going in Zambia, while we sought […]

Kit Yamoyo launches in Shoprite stores nationwide in Zambia

Today Kit Yamoyo launched nationwide in the 26 Shoprite stores in Zambia. Over the next few days all stores will be seeded with 100 kits. This is transformational. Currently less than 1% of children in sub-Saharan Africa get the internationally recommended treatment for diarrhoea and diarrhoea remains the second biggest infectious killer of under 5 children […]