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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why isn’t co-packaged ORS and Zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines for Children?

In the evening of 28-Jan-17, four days into our latest support trip to Zambia, the penny dropped. Why isn’t co-packaged ORS and Zinc on WHO’s Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc)? Oral rehydration salts are listed. Zinc is listed. But the global recommendation of ORS and Zinc together is not listed. To quote WHO: Essential […]