Archives for 2012

The prototype ADKs going into Coca-Cola crates

The previous post describing the latest prototype packaging for the Anti-Diarrhoea Kits (ADKs) generated a lot of interest so I thought I’d post this video of us trying them out in the new format Coca-Cola crate with the new ‘ultra-light’ bottles. Please excuse the rather excited voice . . .

The latest AidPod – details released

This image shows the latest version of the AidPod (Version VIII) and its component parts: We went through this with the PI Global team last night over Skype. Enhancements in this version include: Increased ‘draft angle’ to allow more effective ‘nesting’ of empty AidPods De-nesting features that stop the nested AidPods getting stuck inside each […]

Calling all ORS Experts – help me out here!

First, can I ask you to study the above photo of the instructions on a packet of ‘WHO approved’ ORS which makes 1 litre of solution. First, you’ll note that you should discard any unused ORS solution after 24 hours. Next you’ll note that the recommendation that a child below 2 years should be given […]

Excellent ColaLife article in Development Asia

Yesterday (15/2/12) I received an email from the journalist Andrew Marshall to say that the ColaLife article that he had been researching for several months had been published in Issue 12 of Development Asia. The article starts on page 50 of the Scribd document here (and displayed on the blog below – note that it […]

The ORS Question answered . . . by you

ORS sachets bought in Zambia – note that they all make up 1 litre I never tire of telling people that Open Innovation is an amazing phenomenon. Happily, it disproves the old adage: Ask a silly question… Because, in fact, you don’t get silly answers. Nearly a dozen people, including several international experts in Oral […]

We need your help to get ColaLife on the Women Deliver 50 list

Women Deliver are seeking to create a Top 50 of ideas that are . . . delivering for women. The Women Deliver 50 list will be announced on 8 March, International Women’s Day, and will feature prominently at the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur. Out of hundreds of submissions, a selection committee of experts […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]