Guy Fraser succumbs to COVID

We have just received the very sad news that Guy Fraser has died of COVID. As we moved from the trial in Zambia to the scale-up we wanted to localise all the components of Kit Yamoyo. Pharmanova had been making ORS for a number of years and during the trial they started their own production […]

Top 5 Achievements in 2020

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’s top 10 2019’s top 5   The COVID pandemic has made 2020 a difficult year for us all. We have not made as […]

The ColaLife Playbook launches today (28-Oct-20)

After more than two years of development the ColaLife Playbook launches today as a living, online, interactive document that is open to all. Anyone can access it here: bit.ly/colalifeplaybook. ColaLife set out to help transform access to diarrhoea treatment in Zambia to save lives and reduce stunting. Now we want to assist others to do […]

Amcor donate packaging for one million ORS/Zinc co-packs

Amcor, our scale-up packaging partner, has donated the packaging for a further 1 million ORS/Zinc co-packs. These will be used by Pharmanova in Zambia to assemble ORS/Zinc co-packs for the government – branded as the GRZ ORS/Zinc co-pack – and for the private sector – branded as Kit Yamoyo. The shipment will leave London on […]

ColaLife documentary now available to stream (or download)

Stream or download the ColaLife documentary here: vimeo.com/ondemand/thecolaroad The Cola Road is an independent film made about our work. It was not commissioned by ColaLife. It was premiered in the UK at the RSA on 23-Sep-13 at an event chaired by Peter Day, BBC business correspondent (now retired) who had visited us in Zambia. In […]

COVID-19, diarrhoeal disease and fragile health systems

Evidence suggests that COVID-19 will have only a small direct impact on our target group – under 5 children and their carers (adults of reproductive age) in low to middle-income countries. However, the indirect impacts, through disrupted health systems are likely to be very large indeed. Simon recently gave a presentation on this to the […]

Webinar: COVID-19, Diarrhoeal Disease and Fragile Health Systems 

I’ll be delivering this presentation followed by a Q&A and discussion. To participate, please register here: https://path.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrcu-qrzIuGtJTF-uTtfp5Gy1M1Wad1rDJ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Tuesday, June 30, 10:30 AM EST/ 7:30 AM PST / 3:30 PM BST Diarrhoea Innovations Group Topic: COVID-19, Diarrheal Disease, and Fragile Health Systems While the […]

WANTED: Volunteer Readers for the ColaLife Playbook

Since we completed our input into the transformation of access to co-packaged ORS and Zinc in Zambia (in Sep-18), we have been working on the globalisation of our work. How can we have an impact beyond Zambia? Our initial focus was to get co-packaged ORS and Zinc listed within the WHO Essential Medicines List. We […]

Why is co-packaged ORS and Zinc so important?

Simon Berry, ColaLife and Robert Choy, PATH Published on behalf of the Diarrhea Innovations Group. This post also appears on the DefeatDD blog. While the world’s attention currently is focused on the immediate needs of the COVID-19 response, existing diseases that result in high mortality and morbidity – such as childhood diarrhoea – have not […]

How will COVID-19 affect children in low to middle-income countries?

Global experience to date suggests that the COVID-19 mortality rate for children will be low, even in low to middle-income countries. However, modelling published this month in the Lancet indicates that there will be a considerable indirect impact. COVID-19 will weaken, and in some cases overwhelm, health systems which will lead to a reduction in […]