PI Global ColaLife Reunion at the Young V&A

It was a great pleasure for Jane and me to meet up with our friends from PI Global yesterday (14-Mar-2024) for a coffee and a long chat at the Young V&A. Since it opened last year the Young V&A has been exhibiting the original Kit Yamoyo nestling in a Coca-Cola crate. ColaLife’s relationship with PI […]

Top 5 Highlights in 2023

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 | 2020’s top 5 | 2021’s top 3 | 2022’s top 5 This is the fifteenth and final […]

ColaLife to close down at the end of 2023

It has always been the view of our board of trustees and the ColaLife co-founders that ColaLife should not outlive its usefulness. We’ve achieved far more than we ever anticipated. And the changes we’ve brought about now sit with mainstream organisations much more powerful than we could ever be. So, ColaLife will close down gracefully […]

ColaLife to feature in Design Museum Holon, Israel

The original ColaLife ORS/Zinc Co-pack will go on display as part of a Food & Design exhibition in Holon Israel from May to October. To quote the organisers: The exhibition, curated by Liora Rosin and Dana Benshalom, will explore the basic yet intricate relationship between humans and their food, and the entangled role design plays […]

How many sachets of ORS should an ORS/Zinc co-pack contain and what size should they be?

This discussion is based on ColaLife’s field experience in Zambia during the Kit Yamoyo trial (2012-13) and subsequent scale-up (2014-2018) as well as informal discussions with colleagues working in this area and common sense. There is a dearth of research on this specific topic, although it is possible to extrapolate from the scant literature that […]

Simon Berry gets OBE – what I feel about it

Jane and Simon with Charity and Jane, two of the Keepers Zambia Foundation Field Officers (March 2018) I have been awarded an OBE for services to global child health in the 2023 New Year’s Honours List. Not everyone accepts an award under the UK Honours System. Benjamin Zephaniah refused his, as he said it would […]

Ceniarth agree to reschedule support to ColaLife

At the end of 2019, we started the final, 2-year, phase of our work supported by Ceniarth, reported here: Ceniarth to support ColaLife for two more years. As for many health initiatives, in early 2020, COVID intervened and we’ve had to revise our plans several times. We’re delighted to report that on 22-Apr-22, Ceniarth agreed […]

ORSZCA Update: GFF, UNICEF and more

If you haven’t already done so, please join ORSZCA, the open global network to accelerate the adoption of the new WHO recommendation for diarrhoea treatment: co-packaged ORS and Zinc. Please also follow us on Twitter: @ORSZCA. Supporting the ORSZCA global alliance will lead ColaLife to achieve the final phase of our global impact strategy. ORSZCA […]

What’s a Trim Tab? And have we found one to address the childhood diarrhoea death toll?

In 1972, Buckminster Fuller, the famous inventor, architect and philosopher, explained his insight about part of a ship – the ‘trim tab’ – and the power of a trim tab as a metaphor, to understand how one small adjustment can bring about transformative change. And I wondered: could co-packaging for ORS and Zinc be the […]

ORS/Zinc Co-pack Alliance (ORSZCA) seeks co-chairs

Mother administers ORS to her child. ICDDR,B Hospital Dhaka © Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Prashant Panjiar As the world learns to live with COVID, ColaLife is re-starting its advocacy work aimed at making co-packaged ORS and Zinc the “go-to” treatment for childhood diarrhoea. This builds on our successful application in 2019 for the World Health […]