ColaLife has caught people’s imagination and has been recognised in several awards in different sectors including product design, health innovation, social enterprise, ethics, packaging design and others. These are listed below in reverse chronological order.


Winner: IBM Business of Government Award – December 2017

IBM Center for the Business of Government

Paulo Savaget, a Gates Cambridge Scholar, has been awarded $20,000 from the IBM Center for The Business of Government to develop a ‘Playbook’, based on our work in Zambia. This Playbook will outline the process for scale-up in countries beyond Zambia. These IBM awards are for new reports on key public sector challenges, which respond to priorities identified in the IBM Center’s research agenda. They are intended to stimulate and accelerate the production of practical research that benefits government leaders and managers.

We are grateful to Paulo, who spent 4 weeks in Zambia with Simon and Jane Berry in Jun-17, for choosing to focus his work on ColaLife.



Winner: UK Packaging Awards – November 2015

Kit Yamoyo flexi-pack ex AmcorColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo flexi-pack developed by Amcor Flexibles won the ‘Resource Efficient Pack of the Year’ category at the UK Packaging Awards 2015.









Finalist (with honourable mention): INDEX: Award 2015 – August 2015

ColaLife on stage at the INDEX: Awards 2015 (Culture)

The INDEX: Award (Designs to Improve Life) is one of the most prestigious design awards in the world. In 2015 there were 1,123 entries and 46 made it to the final and ColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo was one of them. Awards were split into 5 categories. We got an honourable mention in the ‘Culture’ category and this is it at the ceremony in Copenhagen on 27-Aug-15.

Thanks to @VivienLife, the British Ambassador to Denmark for capturing this picture and sending it out via Twitter.





Winner: GSK and Save The Children Healthcare Innovation Award – February 2015

GSK and Save The Children Healthcare Innovation Award Certificate

This is our most prestigious award yet. Described as the child health ‘oscars’ these awards come with significant funding. We were awarded $370,000. We are so delighted with this recognition and wish to thank GSK and Save The Children UK. This comes at a time when we have struggled for 12 months with the national scale-up in Zambia despite the compelling results from our trial. We will now be seeking to match this funding to get Kit Yamoyo launched nationally in Zambia while disseminating our findings to others* and encouraging them to use them to strengthen their strategies for improving access to ORS and Zinc for the home treatment of diarrhoea.

* national governments, international and national NGOs, international donors and social investors.



Shortlisted: 2014 Health Systems Social Media Award (Transparency) – September 2014

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Shortlisted in the 2014 Health Systems Social Media Awards , in the ‘Transparency’ category. These awards are run by Health Systems Global.

Many of our supporters have applauded our transparency: the way we report both failure and success; explore challenges openly and call for help and advice when we need it.

We are really pleased with this nomination as we do try to push the boundaries when it comes to openness, sharing and collaboration. We believe that keeping what we have learned ‘under wraps’ helps no one and can actually obstruct development and delay progress. As a practical example, if it wasn’t for this blog, our Facebook Page and our Open Access initiativethe results of the ColaLife Trial would be hidden away in reports on donors’ shelves.



Winner: FT/IFC Transformational Business Award (Health) – 12 June 2014

FT/IFC Business Transformation Awards

This award was won jointly by ColaLife and our first project funding partner Johnson & Johnson.

The other shortlisted entries in the health category were:

  • Operation ASHA, India
  • Sida (with USAID, Norway, DfID, CIFF, CHAI, and The Gates Foundation) Sweden/Norway/UK/US [we are not sure what this is]



ColaLife joins the GREAT Britain stable of British Innovations – December 2013

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We are very proud to be a part of the GREAT Britain campaign which showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer, particularly to those who want to do business with the UK, visit or study there.

We have been chosen for the campaign by DfID and we are very pleased we are in the innovation category.




Winner: FastCompany’s Innovation By Design Awards, Social Good category – 2 October 2013

Fast Company Innovation by Design imageIn 2013, FastCompany put out a call to the design and business communities: What are the best design-driven innovations of the past year? They received more than 1,200 submissions from big corporations, small shops, and students from around the world. There were 54 finalists and 9 winners.

Our Kit Yamoyo won the Social Good category at the highly prestigious, Innovation By Design Awards in New York. >>more.





Breakthrough Innovation for Child Health, UN General Assembly – 23 September 2013

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This isn’t really an award, just very high-level recognition of our work. Our Kit Yamoyo was showcased at the UN General Assembly on 23-Sep-13 as one of 10 breakthrough innovations for mother and child health.

… ten innovations that will have an immediate impact on the leading killers of women and children. From new medicines that prevent deadly infections in newborns, to new uses of supply chains to deliver medicines to the most remote areas, these are game-changing practices and advances.
Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General

The existing pipeline [of innovations] has potential game changers that could end preventable child and maternal deaths within a generation. Accelerating innovation gives us confidence to say that we can do this.
Rajiv Shah, MD
Administrator of the US Agency for International Development


Winner: 2013 Observer Ethical Awards (Products and Services) – 13 June 2013

ethical-awards-2013-winnerColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo anti-diarrhoea kit won the ‘Products and Services’ section of the 2013 Observer Ethical Awards. These are awards are dubbed ‘The Green Oscars’.






Overall winner, 25th DuPont Packaging Innovation Awards 2013 – 16 May 2013

DuPont Packaging Awards logoColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo anti-diarrhoea kit took the Diamond Award at the 25th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. It also won the ‘Food Security’ award.

Key to this success are our packaging partner, PI Global, and some of the poorest people in Zambia who worked with us to come up with a product that worked for them.

On this win, Senator Coons, Chair of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, said:

“It’s not just small packages that good things come in – it’s clever ones, too. The AidPod is proof that the combination of ingenuity, innovation and inspiration is powerful enough to overcome the world’s greatest humanitarian challenges. ColaLife and pi 3’s pairing of smart packaging with an effective distribution platform has enormous potential to make a real difference in sub-Saharan Africa.”


Product Design of the Year 2013 – 10 April 2013

Designs of the Year 2013 logoColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo anti-diarrhoea kit won Product Design of the Year 2013. These awards are billed as the ‘Oscars of the Design World’ and showcase the most innovative and imaginative designs from around the world, over the past year. The categories are: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Transport and Product.






MOO Award – 28 November 2012

moo-award-award-image-us-220x220ColaLife won the inaugural MOO Award 2012. We have used MOO Cards even before ColaLife had a website. People enthuse about them when you hand them over and usually want more than one!

We use them to carry pictures of our work and key Powerpoint slides from the presentations we give that make key points . . . like why innovation is needed to save children’s lives and why we think involving local people in the solution is so important. And, of course, if people actively want your business card they are going to remember you and keep it. Here I relate an experience handing over a MOO Card in Tanzania in the early days of ColaLife. When it came to the ID Cards for our promoters and retailers for the trial here in Zambia, we used MOO Cards for that too!

Part of the awards was £1,000 of MOOlah (MOO currency) and so I’m going to enjoy experimenting with the all the other products MOO produce like stickers, labels and postcards.

So thank you MOO! I’ll leave you with what one of the judges said and a link to the full awards story:

MOO Award judge Fraser Doherty enthused, “Having recently stayed with a family in a mud house in Uganda, where access to medicine and other vital supplies was sadly extremely limited but Coke was everywhere, the idea for ColaLife makes perfect sense and is one that I would absolutely love to see become a huge success.”


Grand Challenges Canada – 22 November 2012

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Grand Challenges Canada supports bold ideas with the potential for big impact in global health. They are funded by the Government of Canada and fund innovators in low and middle-income countries as well as in Canada. The bold ideas they support integrate science/technology, social and business innovation – something they call Integrated Innovation™, and something that we believe is exemplified by ColaLife.


Finalist in 3 categories: UK Packaging Awards – 14 November 2012

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ColaLife was a finalist in three categories of the UK packaging Awards:

  1. New concept of the year
  2. Innovation of the year
  3. Best CSR initiative of the year

We were highly commended in the innovation and CSR categories. More on the ColaLife packaging  (the AidPod).


Making More Health Award – Boehringer Ingelheim/Ashoka Changemakers – 7 December 2011

MMHEALTH Winners' Badge

When announcing this award, Jean Scheftsik de Szolnok, Vice-President Southern Europe for Boehringer Ingelheim said:

“The Making More Health competition reflects Boehringer Ingelheim’s commitment to supporting leadership and innovation in healthcare and to improving health for individuals, families, and communities”

The 13 finalists announced on 9 November 2011, were selected from more than 470 entries received from 82 countries are were said to represent the most innovative and promising solutions from around the globe that are transforming the field of health. Finalists were selected by the competition’s panel of expert judges, which included Aman Bhandari of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Carol A. Dahl, executive director of The Lemelson Foundation, and Andreas Barner, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors for Boehringer Ingelheim.


Buckminster Fuller Challenge – 2010

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In 2010, ColaLife made it into the semi-finals of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The judges said:

We admire your commitment and truly believe that the solutions to our intractable problems lies in the hearts, minds and synergies between those of you on the front lines of what Fuller called comprehensive, anticipatory design. This design approach crosses disciplines, transcends conventional process and gives us the tools, perspectives and strategies to take on and solve once and for all the global problems before us. Bucky called himself a comprehensive anticipatory design scientist – we think this pretty much sums you up too.


UnLtd Award – June 2010

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This is the award that enabled ColaLife to move from a cool campaign into a focussed activity with the aim of getting a trial underway somewhere in Africa. The award was worth £15,000 and was awarded to Jane and Simon Berry personally. This enabled them to give up their employment a spend 18 months short-listing possible countries and then visiting Zambia to work with local organisations to design the COTZ Trial and raise the funding to implement it.


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