Caen to Cannes in 9 days to kick-start ColaLife’s Globalization plans – ride reports

Please scroll down to the beginning of the ride… If you are looking for the donation page then thank you and that’s here: http://bit.do/sponsorcolalife Day 9 – 30-Sep-17 It’s the last leg today – they should be in Cannes by late afternoon. ‘Only’ 100km today, and mainly downhill, but with a bit of a challenge, […]

Our tribute to Dr Joseph Kasonde

We woke this morning in the UK to the very sad news that Dr Kasonde had passed away. Dr Kasonde was the honourable Minister of Health in Zambia from 2011 to 2016. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends. He was a very great man. I’ve been reflecting this morning on our meetings with […]

Video: The ColaLife Story – October 2010 to May 2017

If you want to update yourself on the current status of ColaLife and some of the ups and downs we’ve encountered along the way, please consider watching this TED-style talk. The ColaLife Story from Concept to Scale-up – innovation in the real world. >> View video on YouTube To keep up to date moving forward […]

New Kit Yamoyo Screw-top format hits the supermarket shelves

  This is such exciting news. Nearly 4 years after the screw-top format of Kit Yamoyo was conceived and designed, it has finally hit the Shoprite supermarket shelves in Zambia. These pictures are just in from our team on the frontline via WhatsApp. As is often the case in ColaLife, the route the screw-top format took to […]

Making the Case for Inclusion of Co-packaged ORS/Zinc on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines for Children (EMLc)

The WHO Model List of Essential Medicines For four decades, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has devoted substantial effort to an essential medicines programme that seeks to improve access to the most needed drugs and devices. The meeting of the 21st WHO Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines will be held […]

Why isn’t co-packaged ORS and Zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines for Children?

In the evening of 28-Jan-17, four days into our latest support trip to Zambia, the penny dropped. Why isn’t co-packaged ORS and Zinc on WHO’s Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc)? Oral rehydration salts are listed. Zinc is listed. But the global recommendation of ORS and Zinc together is not listed. To quote WHO: Essential […]

1,400 kits per day – 2016 ex-factory sales

In 2016, Pharmanova sold an average of 1,400 kits of co-packaged ORS/Zinc per working day. This is a remarkable achievement in a country where, in 2013, 99% of diarrhoea cases were not treated with ORS and Zinc in common with the other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The following kits left the Pharmanova factory in 2016: Original […]

Improving the effectiveness of retailer support – retailer maps

We are constantly seeking ways to improve the effectiveness of our scale-up work and a key aspect of this is the effectiveness of the support we provide to Kit Yamoyo retailers. This support is centred on monthly visits to retailers to check on how the are doing. Do they have stock? What is demand like? […]

Top 10 achievements in 2016

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 | 2013’s top 10 | 2014’s top 10 | 2015’s top 10 Kit Yamoyo wall painting in Chawama Compound, Lusaka.  Image credit: Simon Berry We loved this image of a Kit Yamoyo sign next to Coca-Cola: it’s a reminder of where we started, mimicking Coca-Cola’s techniques to […]

Kit Yamoyo ESSENTIAL hits supermarket shelves as supermarket network expands

I was delighted to receive these images on Thursday (15-Dec-16) through our ‘Shoprite Watch’ WhatsApp group, showing the new Kit Yamoyo format – Kit Yamoyo ESSENTIAL – on supermarket shelves for the first time. The new format simply contains ORS and Zinc, without hand washing soap. The new Kit Yamoyo ESSENTIAL on shelves in Pick n […]