Endline findings from the Lusaka Scale-up (KYTS-LUSAKA)

A Final Hurrah for KYTS Data Collection: Endline Findings From The Kit Yamoyo Transition to Scale – Lusaka Household Survey Our first household survey in Zambia took place in July of 2012. This was when we conducted the baseline for the ColaLife Operational Trial Zambia (COTZ). Here we are, 6 years later, elated to be […]

Zambian Government tender for 250,000 ORS/Zinc co-packs

The evidence just keeps on coming: the work we have done in Zambia, to transform access to the internationally recommended treatment for diarrhoea, will be self-sustaining. Click here for more blog posts on this self-sustaining theme. The latest evidence emerged last Monday (7-May-18) when this notice (on the right) was published in Zambia’s national newspapers. […]

ColaLife’s Blog is 10 years old!

Alarm bells start ringing when I begin a ColaLife blog post about us: the ColaLife organisation itself. However, today I’m making an exception because yesterday (6-May-18) the ColaLife Blog was 10 years old. I’ve reproduced the first blog post below and you realise what a journey we’ve been on. In summary: We got Coca-Cola’s attention […]

The Man from the Ministry, the Shopkeeper and the Nutritionist

Hon Minister of Health – Dr Chitalu Chilufya As we study the impact of our two big projects in Zambia – developing the market for Oral Rehydration Salts and Zinc for childhood diarrhoea – uppermost in our mind is one word: ‘self-sustainability’. OK, maybe that’s two words. Put it another way: Have we done enough […]

The public sector version of Kit Yamoyo goes everywhere

Mother with GRZ co-pack outside Chinsali Urban Clinic Sep-15 was a turning point to our work in Zambia. In this month the first batch of government-branded Kit Yamoyo packs were delivered to Medical Stores Limited (MSL), the public sector medicines distributor in Zambia, for distribution to health facilities in the 14 districts facing the biggest […]

ColaLife – the problem, the solution, the impact, the future – 4 minute Ashoka video

 View this video on YouTube In 2015 I (Simon Berry) was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship. There are now 39 UK Fellows and some 3,500 Fellows worldwide. Ashoka builds and cultivates a community of change leaders. Together, they collaborate to transform institutions and cultures worldwide. Ashoka Fellows support changemaking for the good of society. […]

Kit Yamoyo. Proudly Zambian.

I’m just back from a support visit to Zambia. There will only be one more such visit, in Feb-18, before the scale-up projects (KYTS-ACE and KYTS-LUSAKA) come to an end. So, perhaps inevitably, some anxiety is creeping in: have we done enough over the last two years to establish Kit Yamoyo in the Zambian market […]

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 […]

Please help ColaLife take its next big step

Nigel Bolding and I are getting on our bikes again to raise funds for the next phase of ColaLife – moving the learning from Zambia to other countries – and we’re hoping that many of our supporters will be able to sponsor us. Whatever you can manage – every little helps. Our fundraising page is […]

Update: Co-packaged ORS/Zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc)

As reported earlier, we are working to get co-packaged ORS and Zinc on WHO’s Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc). We are doing this because the circumstantial evidence suggests that while ORS and Zinc are listed separately on the EMLc they will be procured and supplied separately and rarely dispensed together. The combined use of […]