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: […]

Preliminary SODIS test results

Last Friday (28/6/13) started with a requirement on my part to produce 4 litres of fecal contaminated water (don’t ask) so that we could test the Kit Yamoyo packaging as a SODIS device. SODIS has been a recurring theme on this blog over the years and we have developed a relationship with the SODIS team at […]

The ColaLife Innovation Map

The image of AidPods in a Coca-Cola crate is such a strong one that many people think that is all there is to ColaLife, but there is a lot more innovation associated with ColaLife than that. The ColaLife innovation map below shows how the original idea has catalysed even more innovative thinking: Click on this […]

The first 500 AidPods arrive in Lusaka

Today the first 500 AidPods from the production tooling arrived in Lusaka and they are beautiful! These aren’t the first ones off the production tooling. The first ones did not meet the high standards of Charpak and PI Global as the side walls were of an uneven thickness. A slight modification was made of the […]

Pack of innovation – your ORS: shaken, not stirred

Who knew that packaging could be so exciting? We’re delighted with the way PI Global has taken our ideas and made them into a functional reality. In fact, there is a chance that our original innovation, that has captured everyone’s imagination – the piggy-backing of simple medicines on the Coca-Cola secondary distribution system – may […]

First ADK prototypes emerge

The Friday before last (27/1/12) a package arrived at the ColaLife project office containing the first prototype of the ADK packaging from our packaging partner PI Global. Earlier in the week, during a much anticipated Skype call, PI Global presented the prototype to us with supporting 3D images and the movie below showing the how […]

Another baby innovation

One of the delights of running ColaLife is the people you get meet. Yesterday I got a call from Tim Moor who I realise now, after our meeting this afternoon at the RSA, is a very well respected inventor who knows how to get his inventions to market. His inventions include a simple device for detecting […]

Another innovation using PET bottles

Regular readers will know that we are very interested in the SODIS process which uses clear plastic bottles and sunlight to kill the pathogens in water and make it safe to drink (previous blogs on SODIS). Well here is another innovative use for PET bottles which I was pointed to today through Twitter. A sun […]

Another water sterilisation option? Colloidal Silver (CS)

I had a very interesting meeting yesterday morning (18/4/11) with Lindsay Smith who is working for World Health Alliance International to broaden the market for SilverDYNE from beyond its use today in disaster relief situations. SilverDYNE is a silver-based product that sterlises water at the point of use. One 30ml bottle is enough to sterilise […]

Zambia Diary | Day 12 (Part 2), Visit 2 | Friday Field Trip

The last kilometre to Mpepo Rural Health Centre It takes about an hour and a half to reach Mpepo from Mpika. The Health Centre lies barely a kilometre from the tarmac road. Again we were astonished to see satellite dishes on one or two of the village houses (see above video). In Zambia, Health Centres, […]