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 […]

Success: WHO adds co-packaged ORS and zinc to its Essential Medicines List

Our application* to get co-packaged ORS and zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines List has been successful. This is game-changer. It moves ColaLife’s work out of the ‘innovation box’ into the mainstream of global children’s public health – with better designed, easier-to-dispense diarrhoea treatment available for sick children – potentially everywhere. The WHO Essential Medicines […]

Latest figures on the use of zinc for diarrhoea treatment in Zambia

Zambia: Commercially branded co-packaged ORS and zinc – Kit Yamoyo (left) | Government branded co-packaged ORS and zinc (right) The latest Demographic & Health Survey (DHS) has just been published for Zambia. These surveys are undertaken every five years under the DHS Program. The report just published for Zambia (PDF 1.4MB) shows a dramatic change […]

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 […]