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 […]

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 […]

What is self-sustaining development?

The Kit Yamoyo diarrhoea treatment kit under production in Zambia for the local Zambian market. The kit was designed and the local market developed using one-off donor funding. It is very common to hear the term “sustainable development” in international development discussions. But what does it mean? The phrase can be used interchangeably, to mean […]

Top 10 achievements in 2018

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 saw us move from self-sustaining development in Zambia towards the globalisation of our work. The cover page of our application to the World Health […]

Application submitted to WHO to add co-packaged ORS and zinc to the WHO Essential Medicines List

Today (12-Nov-18) was a very big day for ColaLife. It was on 28-Jan-17, when the penny dropped for me. Why isn’t co-packaged ORS and Zinc on WHO’s Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc)? ORS is listed and zinc is listed and this has been the case for nearly 15 years but still only about 7% of […]