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 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 […]

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 ESSENTIAL hits supermarket shelves as supermarket network expands

I was delighted to receive these images on Thursday (15-Dec-16) through our ‘Shoprite Watch’ WhatsApp group, showing the new Kit Yamoyo format – Kit Yamoyo ESSENTIAL – on supermarket shelves for the first time. The new format simply contains ORS and Zinc, without hand washing soap. The new Kit Yamoyo ESSENTIAL on shelves in Pick n […]

Kit Yamoyo wall painting

Pharmanova, the company that manufactures and assembles Kit Yamoyo in Zambia, have started painting shop keepers’ walls in the Lusaka compounds (townships). I was pleased to capture this image with the Kit Yamoyo advert right next to a Coca-Cola one which takes us right back to where we started in our mission to make diarrhoea […]

Pharmanova launch new Kit Yamoyo format and reduce prices across the board

Kit Yamoyo wall painting, George Compound, Aug-16. Image credit: Lawrence Wilbraham. Last Thursday (1-Sep-16) Pharmanova launched a new, lower priced, Kit Yamoyo format (without soap) and also reduced their ex-factory prices for all Kit Yamoyo formats, across the board. This is their response to market forces in general and the issue of VAT in particular […]

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 […]