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 […]

Why isn’t co-packaged ORS and Zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines for Children?

In the evening of 28-Jan-17, four days into our latest support trip to Zambia, the penny dropped. Why isn’t co-packaged ORS and Zinc on WHO’s Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc)? Oral rehydration salts are listed. Zinc is listed. But the global recommendation of ORS and Zinc together is not listed. To quote WHO: Essential […]

1,400 kits per day – 2016 ex-factory sales

In 2016, Pharmanova sold an average of 1,400 kits of co-packaged ORS/Zinc per working day. This is a remarkable achievement in a country where, in 2013, 99% of diarrhoea cases were not treated with ORS and Zinc in common with the other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The following kits left the Pharmanova factory in 2016: Original […]

Kit Yamoyo adverts now in place on MSL trucks

Image credit: Dr Bonface Fundafunda This is something we never thought would happen. The national distributor of medicines for the public sector in Zambia, Medical Stores Limited (MSL), is now carrying adverts for Kit Yamoyo on their trucks. This will complement the roll-out of Kit Yamoyo at Shoprite stores as Kit Yamoyo starts appearing on […]

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 […]

Milestone agreement signed

  MSL’s Managing Director (Dr Fundafunda) and KZF’s Executive Director (Mr Msimuko) sign MOU This week (11-Nov-15) Medical Stores Limited (MSL), Zambia’s parastatal medicines distributor, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with our strategic, frontline partner, the Zambian NGO Keepers Zambia Foundation (KZF). As part of this agreement MSL will distribute 452,000 of the Government-branded ORS and Zinc […]

Order confirmed for 452,000 ORS and Zinc co-pack kits

ORS and Zinc co-pack for distribution by the Ministry of Health, Zambia On 20-Mar-15 we made a significant step towards reaching our goal of improving access to, and use of, ORS and zinc for the treatment of diarrhoea. Our pharmaceutical partner in Zambia, Pharmanova, got its first public sector order to supply of 452,000 co-packs, […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Sneak Peek at the 2014 Zambia Demographic Health Survey (DHS)

During the course of our trial (August 2012-August 2013) we received word that Zambia would be undertaking its 6th Standard Demographic Health Survey (DHS). The Demographic Health Surveys are nationally representative household surveys that provide data for a wide range of monitoring and impact evaluation indicators in the areas of population, health, and nutrition. They […]