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 […]

Top 10 achievements in 2016

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 | 2013’s top 10 | 2014’s top 10 | 2015’s top 10 Kit Yamoyo wall painting in Chawama Compound, Lusaka.  Image credit: Simon Berry We loved this image of a Kit Yamoyo sign next to Coca-Cola: it’s a reminder of where we started, mimicking Coca-Cola’s techniques to […]

Exclusive breastfeeding and diarrhoea treatment with ORS and Zinc

Should I treat my child with ORS (Oral Rehydration Salts) and Zinc while exclusively breastfeeding? The current recommendation is that babies should be exclusively breast-fed until 6 months of age and a healthy baby being nursed by a healthy mother needs nothing else not even water. Breast milk is 88% water and extra water is […]

A picture is worth a 1000 words: visualizing the challenges of effective diarrhoea treatment

Towards the beginning of our journey in Zambia (May-12), we undertook a human-centred design process to better understand the challenges mothers face when treating their children suffering from diarrhoea. This revealed that the standard 1-litre ORS sachets available in the country (and most of the world) were not ideal for home treatment. Amongst other challenges, […]

ColaLife’s work features strongly in Global ORS/Zinc Policy Paper

Open-source sharing of ColaLife’s lessons, designs and data has been our aspiration since we began in 2008. We’ve made a start on this (see our Open Access Initiative) but during 2016, we want to move this to the next level, even though work in Zambia to establish Kit Yamoyo in the market is still rolling […]

But Mummy you should have bought Kit Yamoyo

Anecdotal evidence is emerging that our ‘all round’, 360-degree approach to the promotion of Kit Yamoyo is starting to work. On Friday (6-May) the project manager for KYTS-LUSAKA was in the Bank with her orange Kit Yamoyo T-Shirt on when another woman approached her. “Ah, Kit Yamoyo” she said pointing to my colleague’s T-Shirt. “My […]

Local soap will make Kit Yamoyo 100% Zambian

This is may not look much, but it’s a significant photo. To our knowledge, these are the first 22g tablets of soap ever to be produced in Zambia. They will be produced by the only large scale hand soap manufacturer in Zambia – Trade Kings. This new, small, low-cost pack will transform access to soap […]

Top 10 achievements in 2015

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 | 2013’s top 10 | 2014’s top 10 There are now 24 people assembling kits full-time at Pharmanova.  Image credit: Simon Berry 2015 has been a real turning point. 2014 was a difficult year where we struggled to keep things going in Zambia, while we sought […]

Kit Yamoyo assembly now in full swing at Pharmanova

Meet the assembly team at Pharmanova. These 24 men will be working for the next 14 months to fulfil existing orders for Kit Yamoyo, and the public sector variant, the GRZ ORS/Zinc co-pack. The guy standing in the middle in the dark blue overall is Conta – he’s in charge and has been involved in […]

The BMJ debate – ColaLife makes the case for partnership with multi-nationals

ColaLife goes head to head with Prof Nick Spencer of Warwick University on involving multi-nationals in efforts to improve child health. Here is the BMJ’s press release announcing the debate. What do you think? Debate: Should we welcome multinational companies’ connection to projects to improve child health? Partnerships with multinational companies in child health programmes […]