What is self-sustaining development?

The Kit Yamoyo diarrhoea treatment kit under production in Zambia for the local Zambian market. The kit was designed and the local market developed using one-off donor funding. It is very common to hear the term “sustainable development” in international development discussions. But what does it mean? The phrase can be used interchangeably, to mean […]

Design thinking for Global Health – Royal Society of Medicine

On 5-Dec-18 I was honoured to be invited as a keynote speaker to contribute to an event held at the Royal Society of Medicine on the role of design in global health. It was as if the event had been set up to showcase our work. Regular readers will be aware of the crucial role […]

Our EML application now open for comments on the WHO website

Our application to get co-packaged ORS and zinc on the WHO Model Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc) is now open for comments on the WHO website here. Our application can be downloaded from this link and comments, including letters of support, should be sent to: emlsecretariat@who.int. Our application has eleven letters of support so far from […]

Top 10 achievements in 2018

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 | 2013’s top 10 2014’s top 10 | 2015’s top 10 | 2016’s top 10 | 2017’s top 10 2018 saw us move from self-sustaining development in Zambia towards the globalisation of our work. The cover page of our application to the World Health […]

DfID Secretary of State and UNICEF provide letters of support

On 12-Nov-18 we submitted our application to WHO to add co-packaged ORS and zinc to the WHO Essential Medicines List for Children and this was reported here. Our application was submitted with ten letters of support. The application and the letters of support are now available on the WHO website here. Letters of support have […]

Application submitted to WHO to add co-packaged ORS and zinc to the WHO Essential Medicines List

Today (12-Nov-18) was a very big day for ColaLife. It was on 28-Jan-17, when the penny dropped for me. Why isn’t co-packaged ORS and Zinc on WHO’s Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc)? ORS is listed and zinc is listed and this has been the case for nearly 15 years but still only about 7% of […]

Zambia adds co-packaged ORS and zinc to Essential Medicines List

The final Steering & Learning Group Meeting for the KYTS Programme was held in Lusaka on 6-Sep-18. The meeting was chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Kennedy Malama. At this meeting Dr Malama confirmed that the Ministry of Health, through their Formulary Committee, had added co-packaged ORS and Zinc to […]

Update 2: Co-packaged ORS/Zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc)

We met with WHO representatives on 25-Jun-18 in Geneva to discuss our application It’s a year since I last updated you on our progress towards getting co-packaged ORS and zinc on WHO’s Essential Medicines List for Children (EML). You can read the last update here. In summary, a lot of progress has been made and […]

Kit Yamoyo is added to Design Museum’s permanent collection

The Design Museum as it was in 2013 when ColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo won Product Design of the Year In April last year (Apr-17) we announced that Kit Yamoyo had been added to the permanent collection of the V&A. Well, we are now proud to announce that it has also been added to the permanent collection […]

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