New edition of ‘Where There Are No Pharmacists’ includes ORS and Zinc for diarrhoea treatment

Where There Are No Pharmacists is a guide to managing medicines for all health workers. It was first published in 2009. Where there are no trained pharmacists serving communities, other categories of health workers are called upon to order, buy, store, dispense and advise people on rational use of medicines. Where There Are No Pharmacists explains […]

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 […]

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 […]

Zambian Government tender for 250,000 ORS/Zinc co-packs

The evidence just keeps on coming: the work we have done in Zambia, to transform access to the internationally recommended treatment for diarrhoea, will be self-sustaining. Click here for more blog posts on this self-sustaining theme. The latest evidence emerged last Monday (7-May-18) when this notice (on the right) was published in Zambia’s national newspapers. […]

ColaLife’s Blog is 10 years old!

Alarm bells start ringing when I begin a ColaLife blog post about us: the ColaLife organisation itself. However, today I’m making an exception because yesterday (6-May-18) the ColaLife Blog was 10 years old. I’ve reproduced the first blog post below and you realise what a journey we’ve been on. In summary: We got Coca-Cola’s attention […]

We’ve got designs on change: 1 – Findings from our endline household survey (KYTS-ACE)

This may be a bit of a technical post, but it answers the very simple question at the heart of our work: ‘Can design improve health outcomes for children?’ We think the answer is YES.  Here is some of our emerging evidence – see if you agree! When we began work to save children’s lives by improving […]

The public sector version of Kit Yamoyo goes everywhere

Mother with GRZ co-pack outside Chinsali Urban Clinic Sep-15 was a turning point to our work in Zambia. In this month the first batch of government-branded Kit Yamoyo packs were delivered to Medical Stores Limited (MSL), the public sector medicines distributor in Zambia, for distribution to health facilities in the 14 districts facing the biggest […]

The impact of co-packaging ORS and zinc – Mongu District, Zambia

[Edited on 1-Oct-19 to include information on how the eight health centres were selected.] The “co-packaging effect” was evident in a dispensing behaviours analysis conducted by ColaLife across health centres in Mongu District, Zambia, in October 2016 and October 2017. In Nov/Dec-17 all health centres in Mongu District were visited (n=30) and stocking information for […]

Please help ColaLife take its next big step

Nigel Bolding and I are getting on our bikes again to raise funds for the next phase of ColaLife – moving the learning from Zambia to other countries – and we’re hoping that many of our supporters will be able to sponsor us. Whatever you can manage – every little helps. Our fundraising page is […]

Access to Medicines Conference, Geneva, 25-May-17

It was an honour to be asked to present the ColaLife Story at a conference in Geneva organised by Takeda on the subject of access to medicines. The presentation was very well received and was a reminder back to me of how much we’ve actually achieved and the hurdles we’ve overcome along the way. The […]