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. […]

Zambian manufacturer, Pharmanova, take on Kit Yamoyo marketing

“Don’t do anything that makes ColaLife a permanent part of the solution” This has been our mantra right from the beginning of our work in 2008. We have sought to transform access to diarrhoea treatment in Zambia – and ultimately the rest of the world – by helping others to do what they already do, […]

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 […]

More designs on change: What do health and nutrition staff think?

At the end of last year, we completed our project, run with our partner KZF, supporting rural health centres with Kit Yamoyo: training staff, boosting supply and monitoring change. Other findings from the KYTS-ACE Project can be found here: colalife.org/category/kyts-ace-findings It was the first time that rural health centres across some of the most vulnerable and […]

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 […]