Making the Case for Inclusion of Co-packaged ORS/Zinc on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines for Children (EMLc)

The WHO Model List of Essential Medicines For four decades, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has devoted substantial effort to an essential medicines programme that seeks to improve access to the most needed drugs and devices. The meeting of the 21st WHO Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines will be held […]

The world is safe in their hands – winners of the RSA Student Design Awards announced

It was an honour and an inspiration to be involved in the judging of one of this year’s RSA Student Design Awards – the AfricaPack – designs to improve the way medicines are protected, dispensed, distributed and/or taken in Sub-Saharan Africa sponsored by GSK. There were more than 50 entries and from these six made […]

Our tribute to Salvatore Gabola

We were very sad to hear that Salvatore Gabola died suddenly over the weekend. Our thoughts go out to his family. I only met Salvatore once, in June 2008, when he was Global Head of Stakeholder Relations at Coca-Cola. He asked for the meeting through a statement made to the BBC as part of a programme […]

The Cola Road documentary now available for download

Quick links: The film | Film excerpt | The film on the internet | The film’s maker | Support for screenings | DOWNLOAD   The Cola Road trailer   The film The Cola Road is an independent film made about our work. It was not commissioned by ColaLife. In Aug-12 Claire Ward spent 5 weeks shadowing the ColaLife team as we prepared to launch […]

ColaLife Live on Australian Radio – Sunday 26-Jul-15

When Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, indicated that her government would use corporates like Coca-Cola to deliver aid, it caused quite a stir. The report in The Guardian (Australia) attracted more that 600 comments, including one or two from me. This Guardian report and the BMJ debate that preceded it also generated this well considered article […]

The BMJ debate – ColaLife makes the case for partnership with multi-nationals

ColaLife goes head to head with Prof Nick Spencer of Warwick University on involving multi-nationals in efforts to improve child health. Here is the BMJ’s press release announcing the debate. What do you think? Debate: Should we welcome multinational companies’ connection to projects to improve child health? Partnerships with multinational companies in child health programmes […]

Call for support – raffle prizes – DL100 Digital Leaders Awards 2015

In 10 days’ time (25-Jun-15) anybody who is anybody in the digital sector will gather at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane for the 2015 Digital Leaders 100 Awards, to celebrate leadership in the Digital Age. The awards recognise leaders and organisations who demonstrate a pioneering and sustainable approach to digital transformation across the public sector. We are […]

A big question for the big pharma companies

I am calling all the big pharma companies, including the following, with a big question: Johnson & Johnson Pfizer Roche GSK Novartis Sanofi AstraZenica Merck & Co Bayer Healthcare Eli Lilly Bristol-Mayers Squibb Boehringer Ingelheim   Why is it that none of the big pharmaceutical companies produce a diarrhoea treatment kit designed for the treatment of […]

Putting the “live” back in Delivery

This article was submitted to Devex and an edited version was published here. This is the full version of the article and includes the footnotes which were omitted from the Devex version. “The stagnant low ORS coverage over the past decade indicates a widespread failure to deliver one of the most cost-effective and life-saving child […]

Lauren Braun and her Alma Sana Vaccine Bracelet

Jane and I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren Braun over Skype on Saturday (29-Nov-14) and what an inspirational 2hr conversation it was. Lauren, who is currently studying for an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has spent the last 5 years conceiving, designing and testing what has […]