Chinsali 27-Sep-16 – the tale of two health centres

This is a story is about attention to detail and demonstrates the fine line between success and failure. On Tuesday last week (27-Sep-16) I was in Chinsali District. I worked here from 1985 to 1989 and so I was returning after 27 years. All my old haunts were still there but so much has happened […]

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 […]

Simon Berry talks to George Phiri of Hone FM 94.1

Yesterday (25-Nov-15) morning I participated in an hour-long radio programme with colleagues from Pharmanova and Keepers Zambia Foundation on Hone FM 94.1 in Lusaka. Our host was George Phiri and the subject was kit Yamoyo. Here’s a clip that George sent me. The context is that at the end of the programme George asked us all […]

Shoprite Zambia to stock Kit Yamoyo nationwide from Dec-15

This is probably the biggest single story posted on this blog since it started in May-08. From December 2015, Shoprite stores across the whole of Zambia will stock the Kit Yamoyo anti-diarrhoea kit. This is the biggest event in Zambia’s history with regard to providing access to ORS and Zinc for the home treatment of diarrhoea […]

The Zambia Report – May-15

What’s the best way to fulfil our plan to hand over responsibility for Kit Yamoyo to local organisations? With scale-up finally getting underway, we decided that a trip to Zambia once a quarter, with remote support in between, would offer the best chance of success. We were last there in Jan/Feb-15 (as reported here). By the […]

The Zambia Report – Feb-15

We are now back from a great 4 weeks in Zambia. It was eventful. This blog post contains the headlines – both the Top Ten Good News stories and Bottom Six Bad! Jane and I arrived at Lusaka airport within 30 minutes of each other from two different directions. Jane had travelled direct from the […]

KYTS-ACE gets underway

         Before we returned to the UK in Jun-14 we helped our Zambian partner, Keepers Zambia Foundation, submit a bid to the local Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Programme funded by the British, Irish and Swedish Governments and administered by CARE Zambia. The SUN Programme in Zambia is targeted at the 14 districts with the highest […]

ColaLife wins GSK and Save The Children Healthcare Innovation Award

We are very pleased to announce that ColaLife was the joint first winner of the GSK and Save The Children Healthcare Innovation Award which comes with $370,000. We are so delighted with this recognition and wish to thank GSK and Save The Children. This comes at a time when we have struggled for 12 months with the national […]

The Zambia Report – Nov-14

We are now back in the UK after a great 3 weeks in Zambia. So much happened, it felt we were there for 3 months. This blog post contains the details – the good things and the bad: The not so good (bad) Assembly of Kit Yamoyo by Pharmanova stopped in Oct-14 due to a […]

ColaLife shortlisted for the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards

We are delighted to announce that ColaLife has been shortlisted (1 of 3) for the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards in the Health category. Our funding partner, the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizen Trust, proposed and put in the entry. The awards showcase ground-breaking business initiatives that create long-term, transformative solutions to environmental, social and corporate governance […]