WANTED: Two new trustees for ColaLife

ColaLife was founded by Simon Berry and Jane Berry in 2008 as a Company Ltd by Guarantee and became a registered charity in England and Wales in 2011.​ The original board – which is still in place – was formed by a small group of supporters who wanted to see the ColaLife idea get off […]

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 […]

The Cola Road documentary now available for download

Quick links: The film | Film excerpt | The film on the internet | The film’s maker | Support for screenings | DOWNLOAD   The Cola Road trailer   The film The Cola Road is an independent film made about our work. It was not commissioned by ColaLife. In Aug-12 Claire Ward spent 5 weeks shadowing the ColaLife team as we prepared to launch […]

INVITATION: Summer Drinks Reception and Film Screening – 27 July

ColaLife invites you to a Summer Drinks Reception and Screening of the award-winning, independent film documentary made about out work – The Cola Road – by Claire Ward. The event is free but ticketed and all are welcome. Click here to book your ticket on Eventbrite. We are looking forward to seeing old friends of ColaLife and […]

Top 10 achievements in 2014

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 | 2013’s top 10 Some of the mothers of Siachitema. The first remote rural community to receive Kit Yamoyo at the beginning of the trial in August 2012.  Image credit: Simon Berry 1. 50,000th Kit Yamoyo sold 2014 got off to a shaky start. We were […]

COTZ Final Report available

This is the final report of the COTZ Project and was produced by the ColaLife team: Jane Berry, Simon Berry and Rohit Ramchandani. It covers all aspects of the trial: the trial objectives; project need and policy context; the voucher system; sales; costing and pricing; sustainability and forward plans; and finances and cost effectiveness. It […]

Endline Survey Report published

During the ColaLife Operational Trial Zambia (COTZ) three sets of surveys were carried out: a baseline; midline (after 6 months) and endline. All surveys included a household survey and a survey of retailers. The midline and endline also looked at the impact we were having on the rural health centres in the trial sites. Technical […]

The Cola Road UK Premier | Introduction and Q&A

Courtesy of The RSA, here is a recording of the introduction and the Q&A session that followed the UK premiere of the ColaLife documentary – The Cola Road – on 23/10/13 in London. Listen on SoundCloud The introduction is by Andy Chapman, the ColaLife Chair of trustees. The Q&A panel Chairman is Peter Day, the BBC’s Global […]

The ColaLife Documentary UK Premier | London | 23-Sep-13

The ColaLife Documentary – The Cola Road – will have its UK Premier at the RSA in London on Monday, 23-Sep-13. Admission is FREE but the event will be ticketed and donations are always welcome. Click here to get your ticket from the RSA’s Eventbright page. Early booking is advised – with any luck it […]

Is it right to sell ORS to poor people when they could make their own?

[Guest post by Jane Berry with technical support from Rohit Ramchandani] We’re occasionally asked, sometimes quite assertively, why we are encouraging poor mothers and care-givers to spend what little cash they have on a Kit Yamoyo, which contains commercially produced oral rehydration salts (ORS) sachets, when a simple recipe of salt, sugar and water (Sugar-Salt […]