PI Global reunited

It was fantastic to meet up with Chris Griffin and Eric Connolly of PI Global again, face-to-face after three years. We met in the amazing setting of the new Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising (the brainchild of Chris) last week (9-Nov-16). PI Global were our packaging partner in the COTZ Trial. They made our […]

Rohit Ramchandani’s DrPH thesis published online

We are very pleased to announce that Rohit Ramchandani’s DrPH thesis (Jan-16) has finally been published on the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries website. It’s entitled: EMULATING COMMERCIAL, PRIVATE-SECTOR VALUE-CHAINS TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO ORS AND ZINC IN RURAL ZAMBIA: EVALUATION OF THE COLALIFE TRIAL. The abstract can be read directly from the website here (and […]

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, […]

The world is safe in their hands – winners of the RSA Student Design Awards announced

It was an honour and an inspiration to be involved in the judging of one of this year’s RSA Student Design Awards – the AfricaPack – designs to improve the way medicines are protected, dispensed, distributed and/or taken in Sub-Saharan Africa sponsored by GSK. There were more than 50 entries and from these six made […]

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 […]

Report on trip to Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Beerse, Belgium

Last week (26-Aug-15) I visited the Janssen Pharmaceuticals HQ in Beerse, Belgium. I was invited jointly by Janssen and Johnson & Johnson to address the staff who work on the Beerse Campus at a ‘Townhall” event (200+ people). I also contributed to a Janssen Management Board Meeting and led a discussion with members of the […]

Interactive Infographic – another ColaLife ‘first’?

This infographic was inspired during a recent discussion at a ColaLife Trustees’ meeting about the cumulative effects of the improvements we’d achieved during the COTZ trial in terms of children getting the recommended combination treatment for diarrhoea (ORS and Zinc). This led me to develop an interactive infographic in Excel which you can download here: Impact infographic […]

Top 10 achievements in 2014

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 | 2013’s top 10 Some of the mothers of Siachitema. The first remote rural community to receive Kit Yamoyo at the beginning of the trial in August 2012.  Image credit: Simon Berry 1. 50,000th Kit Yamoyo sold 2014 got off to a shaky start. We were […]

Focus on Amcor

Last Monday (1-Dec-14) we were invited to visit Amcor’s packaging plant in Ledbury by Peter Ettridge, ColaLife’s champion within the company. We were introduced to Amcor through Peter by PI Global, our packaging partner in the UK, way back in early 2012. Amcor is a massive multi-national company that specialises in flexible packaging from simple plastic bags […]

Design like you give a damn – the case for 200ml ORS sachets

This blog post has been gestating for a while but the contractions really started* when I read this tongue-in-cheek post – Designing the least user-friendly products imaginable – which was highlighted by Euan Semple in his Facebook timeline. This mug was one of the least-friendly designs highlighted. Image credit: Designing the least user-friendly products imaginable just for fun […]