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 […]

Kit Yamoyo paraded by young pharmacists during Pharmacy Awareness Week

Thanks to the active engagement of the Kit Yamoyo manufacturer in Zambia (Pharmanova), Kit Yamoyo had a very high profile during the parade through Lusaka on 7-Jun-16 by young pharmacists during Pharmacy Awareness Week (7 to 11-Jun-16). The parade made the national TV news. This weekend the Pharmaceutical Society of Zambia (PSZ) will also hold […]

Costing and pricing in the real world: the VAT issue, inflation and affordability

For the moment we’ve lost the battle with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to have Kit Yamoyo zero rated for VAT purposes. The ZRA pointed out that Kit Yamoyo contains soap which is VAT-able and so VAT should be charged on the kit at 16%. We responded saying that Kit Yamoyo has been approved by […]

Cholera and Chlorine – two stories from Zambia

Here are two stories written by me, as an outsider looking in, as a vaccination campaign starts in Zambia to control the Cholera outbreak that started in Feb-16.   1. The Chlorine story Ruth adds Chlorine to water to make it safe to drink at home in Chigwilizano Village in Kafue District, Zambia Image credit: […]

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 […]

Simon Berry talks to George Phiri of Hone FM 94.1

Yesterday (25-Nov-15) morning I participated in an hour-long radio programme with colleagues from Pharmanova and Keepers Zambia Foundation on Hone FM 94.1 in Lusaka. Our host was George Phiri and the subject was kit Yamoyo. Here’s a clip that George sent me. The context is that at the end of the programme George asked us all […]