Archives for March 2012

The great unveiling – the production AidPod – the Mark XI

Tim Llewellyn of PI Global describes the latest version of the AidPod (Mark XI) over Skype Yesterday (28/3/12) was a big day. The highly anticipated Skype meeting with our packaging partner to present what is likely to be the version of the AidPod that will go into production was postponed from 11am to 3pm to […]

AidPod Version History – Mark I to Mark X

The progression of an idea in pictures. Click on the thumbnails below to see a gallery of pictures of each version of the AidPod from Mark I (November 2008) to Mark X (March 2012). It’s taken more than 3 years but we are nearly there. Final prototypes (Mark XI) are expected on site next week. […]

Aid: Supply-led versus Demand-led assistance

Left: Supply driven assistance – food relief delivered by helicopter. Right: Demand driven assistance – prototype ColaLife anti-diarrhoea kits Consider the two pictures above – both are efforts to save lives – one is supply-driven the other demand-driven. Many would group these types of initiative together as ‘aid’ as opposed to ‘trade’ type activity. However, […]

International Development Committee visits the COTZ office

Members of the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee after a briefing with COTZ Partners Early this morning (15/3/12) we had the privilege of hosting a visit from members of the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee. We’d rearranged the office last night to accommodate quite a crowd: the VIP visitors, our project manager, Silke Seco at DfiD Zambia, […]

ColaLife in debate with War on Want – BBC, Monday 12/3/12 at noon (GMT)

This is just a quick blog post to let everyone know that I will be in live debate with John Hilary, the CEO of War on Want on the BBC’s You & Yours programme on Monday 12/3/12. The programme starts at noon (GMT) and you can listen online here: With a bit of luck 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 […]

Our response to the PRA – the AidPod Mark VIII

The AidPod moved to a new level of refinement this week in response to the challenge presented to us by Zambia’s Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority (PRA). We had shown them the previous version (pictured) which I featured here. The PRA had an issue with soap being in the same kit as ORS and Zinc. There are […]