WHO Essential Medicines List – Presentation to ASTMH 2019

Our colleague, Rohit Ramchandani, is just back from the Annual Meeting on the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) where he’d been invited to give a presentation on “Transitioning co-packaged ORS and Zinc to scale following Model EML Listing”. This invitation was prompted following the success of our application to WHO to modify […]

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. A summary of the […]

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 […]

Our EML application now open for comments on the WHO website

[20-Mar-2023 Addendum: the links below to the WHO website no longer work. Our application can now be downloaded here. The summary of the WHO Secretariat’s decision to include co-packaged ORS and zinc is available here.] Our application to get co-packaged ORS and zinc on the WHO Model Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc) is now […]

DfID Secretary of State and UNICEF provide letters of support

On 12-Nov-18 we submitted our application to WHO to add co-packaged ORS and zinc to the WHO Essential Medicines List for Children and this was reported here. Our application was submitted with ten letters of support. The application and the letters of support are now available on the WHO website here. Letters of support have […]

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 […]

WHO Essential Medicines List – Presentation to ASTMH 2018

Our colleague, Rohit Ramchandani, is just back from the Annual Meeting on the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) where he’d been invited to give a presentation on “Delivering of the Promise – Co-packaged ORS and Zinc in Zambia & on the Model Essential Medicines List for Children”. This invitation comes as we […]

Zambia adds co-packaged ORS and zinc to Essential Medicines List

The final Steering & Learning Group Meeting for the KYTS Programme was held in Lusaka on 6-Sep-18. The meeting was chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Kennedy Malama. At this meeting Dr Malama confirmed that the Ministry of Health, through their Formulary Committee, had added co-packaged ORS and Zinc to […]

Update 2: Co-packaged ORS/Zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc)

We met with WHO representatives on 25-Jun-18 in Geneva to discuss our application It’s a year since I last updated you on our progress towards getting co-packaged ORS and zinc on WHO’s Essential Medicines List for Children (EML). You can read the last update here. In summary, a lot of progress has been made and […]

Update: Co-packaged ORS/Zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc)

As reported earlier, we are working to get co-packaged ORS and Zinc on WHO’s Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc). We are doing this because the circumstantial evidence suggests that while ORS and Zinc are listed separately on the EMLc they will be procured and supplied separately and rarely dispensed together. The combined use of […]