The role of innovation in augmenting Healthcare – the ColaLife Story

I have spent the last two days (27 to 28-Nov-19) at the Africa Health Extension Summit (#AHES19) in Nairobi where I told an abbreviated version of the ColaLife story to illustrate the role of innovation in improving healthcare. Key themes were: why we need innovation in the healthcare sector what we mean by innovation how […]

New edition of ‘Where There Are No Pharmacists’ includes ORS and Zinc for diarrhoea treatment

Where There Are No Pharmacists is a guide to managing medicines for all health workers. It was first published in 2009. Where there are no trained pharmacists serving communities, other categories of health workers are called upon to order, buy, store, dispense and advise people on rational use of medicines. Where There Are No Pharmacists explains […]

Zambian Government orders 1 million co-packs

News came through this morning (2-Oct-19) that the Ministry of Health of the Zambian Government has placed an order for 1 million ORS/Zinc co-packs with Kit Yamoyo’s manufacturer in Lusaka. Pharmanova, which we partnered with in our trials, is now managing production, sales and distribution entirely independently, on a self-sustaining basis. Once this order is […]

Ceniarth to support ColaLife for two more years

Ceniarth – a single-family office focused on funding market-based solutions that benefit underserved communities – have supported ColaLife since 2014. Diane Isenberg, Ceniarth’s founder, made contact in late 2013 after hearing Peter Day’s report on his visit to Zambia. We have been very fortunate to have partnered with a selection of funders who have invested […]

Kit Yamoyo price rises in Shoprite

Last week (24-Jul-19) this image was sent to me from a friend in Zambia, who was part of the ColaLife trial and the Kit Yamoyo scale-up in Zambia, with the following kind message: Can you imagine seeing this product 7 years down the line? Thanks for the brilliant idea Simon and Jane. God bless you […]

MSF writes letter of support for our application to get co-packaged ORS and zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines List

It was drawn to my attention just yesterday (15-May-19) that MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) wrote a strong letter of support for our application to get co-packaged ORS and zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines List. I approached MSF, like others, before we lodged the application but they declined saying that they would assess the application […]

Africa Healthcare Extension Summit – join me there

I am honoured and delighted to be speaking at the Africa Healthcare Extension Summit 2019 in Nairobi on 26-27 June 2019. I will be highlighting the key success factors in our journey from an innovative idea to a self-sustaining development that has transformed access to diarrhoea treatment in Zambia. This will include our partnership with […]

WANTED: Hon Treasurer for ColaLife

We are seeking to recruit a new trustee to join the ColaLife Board of Trustees as Hon Treasurer. The board meets quarterly in London and travel expenses are payable but trustees are also able to take part in the meetings remotely by Skype or phone which opens the possibility of non-UK based people joining the […]

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 […]