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 […]

Evidence gathering for our application to get co-packaged ORS and Zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines List (EML)

This photo came through yesterday (30-Nov-17) on our project WhatsApp Group. It features Akufuna and Lois, the two Keepers Zambia Foundation staff in Western Province. They are at a health centre and Akufuna is collecting the stock level information for ORS and Zinc since Jan-15. We expect that this survey will provide part of the […]

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. […]

The Zambia Report – Oct-17

I was in Zambia for a support visit from 18-Oct-17 to 9-Nov-17. I travelled by myself this time while Jane travelled to the U.S. to deliver a presentation about our work at an event organised by one of our supporters – Ceniarth. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of the trip. A meeting […]

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 […]

20% of all wine orders placed this week go to ColaLife!

With just 4 days to go before we start pedalling across France to raise the kick-start funding for our Globalization plans, the Sporting Wine Club are giving 20% of all orders placed this week to ColaLife. Here is their offer in their own words: Dear All, Sporting Wine Club are delighted to support our member, […]

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 […]

Access to Medicines Conference, Geneva, 25-May-17

It was an honour to be asked to present the ColaLife Story at a conference in Geneva organised by Takeda on the subject of access to medicines. The presentation was very well received and was a reminder back to me of how much we’ve actually achieved and the hurdles we’ve overcome along the way. The […]