Amcor donate packaging for one million ORS/Zinc co-packs

Amcor, our scale-up packaging partner, has donated the packaging for a further 1 million ORS/Zinc co-packs. These will be used by Pharmanova in Zambia to assemble ORS/Zinc co-packs for the government – branded as the GRZ ORS/Zinc co-pack – and for the private sector – branded as Kit Yamoyo. The shipment will leave London on […]

WANTED: Volunteer Readers for the ColaLife Playbook

Since we completed our input into the transformation of access to co-packaged ORS and Zinc in Zambia (in Sep-18), we have been working on the globalisation of our work. How can we have an impact beyond Zambia? Our initial focus was to get co-packaged ORS and Zinc listed within the WHO Essential Medicines List. We […]

Why is co-packaged ORS and Zinc so important?

Simon Berry, ColaLife and Robert Choy, PATH Published on behalf of the Diarrhea Innovations Group. This post also appears on the DefeatDD blog. While the world’s attention currently is focused on the immediate needs of the COVID-19 response, existing diseases that result in high mortality and morbidity – such as childhood diarrhoea – have not […]

How will COVID-19 affect children in low to middle-income countries?

Global experience to date suggests that the COVID-19 mortality rate for children will be low, even in low to middle-income countries. However, modelling published this month in the Lancet indicates that there will be a considerable indirect impact. COVID-19 will weaken, and in some cases overwhelm, health systems which will lead to a reduction in […]

Webinar invitation: It’s not all about COVID-19

ColaLife is an active member of Catalyst 2030 – the open, global network of social entrepreneurs collaborating to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. We, as Catalyst 2030, are running our second free, two-day webinar on Tuesday and Wednesday next week (26 and 27-May-20) under the banner Catalysing Change. ColaLife’s presentation is on […]

Visionary Program – 7 questions

It was a pleasure to contribute to the Ashoka Visionary Program which is open to all and run by Ashoka out of Austria (Europe) and Athens (Eastern Africa and the Mediterranean Region). I kicked off the hour-long session with a short, top-level overview of the work ColaLife has done so far but then focussed on […]

Top 5 Achievements for 2019

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   We’ve had 10 years of Top Tens: an exciting decade when ColaLife achieved much more than we ever expected. 2019 […]

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 […]

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 […]