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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

ColaLife on EBC News Taiwan

I was very pleased to receive this news clip from Taiwan this week. In aired on EBC News several times over the weekend (7-8 May 16). The feature is based on an interview I gave after the Social Enterprise Summit in Taipei last month (17-Apr-16). The EBC editing team have done a fantastic job at […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]